Yearn for the days of the Corolla Sportivo, when Toyota's volume-selling hatch could be had in a (mildly) exciting form? Toyota's youth-targeted US offshoot Scion may have the antidote in its iM Concept.
Scheduled to appear at next week's LA Motor Show, the Scion iM Concept is based on the European-market Auris hatch, which itself is largely identical to our Corolla hatchback.
The "concept" features mostly standard Corolla/Auris sheetmetal, augmented by race-inspired front and rear bumpers, bulging wheelarches, 19-inch alloy racing wheels and a lowered suspension. A larger brake package completes the race-inspired image.
More details will be revealed at the LA show, but for now Scion is sending strong hints that the iM will become a fixture for the brand in America - and the unofficial replacement for the Toyota Matrix quasi-crossover.
"The tastes of today's younger buyers have evolved. They want a car that provides excitement and individuality, as well as the comfort, technology and reliability that Scion offers," said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha in a press release.
"The iM Concept combines sleek styling with the versatility of a modern hatchback to catch the eye of Scion customers. Stay tuned for more on how we will bring this vision to the road."
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