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by Tim Beissmann

The 2016 Scion iA has debuted at the New York motor show, becoming the first sedan from Toyota’s youthful US sub-division.

Half Kodo half catfish, the iA is a subtly reworked version of the Mazda 2 sedan and is the product of the partnership between Toyota and Mazda where the later is building the city-sized four-doors alongside one another at its plant in Salamanca, Mexico.

The Scion iA inherits all of its powertrain and technology features from the pint-sized Mazda, powered by the 2 sedan’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and coming standard with low-speed auto-braking, reverse-view camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, and a 7.0-inch infotainment screen with voice control.


Scion explains the ‘i’ in the model’s badge stands for individual, intriguing and easy on the buyer’s income, while the ‘A’ points to its aggressive styling, accommodating cabin and boot, and its affordability.

Scion says the iA will hit US showrooms around in fall (spring 2015 in Australia), with a starting price of approximately US$16,000 ($21,000).

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