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[REPORT] Scion iA to Become Toyota Yaris Sedan

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2016 Scion iA overview

The 2016 Scion iA

Scion is officially on its way out, and parent company Toyota is planning to welcome most of Scion’s current models to its lineup. But just how the Japanese automaker will brand these Scion vehicles is still somewhat up in the air. We know that the Scion FR-S and Scion iM will keep their model names, but now we’re hearing that the Scion iA will transform into the Toyota Yaris Sedan.

Weirdly, the iA/Yaris Sedan is not based on Toyota’s current Yaris hatchback. Instead, the sedan shares the majority of its underpinnings with the Mazda2, with Auto Evolution reporting that the iA’s interior is essentially 99% Mazda. Given the Mazda2’s fun-to-drive spirit, the Scion iA was extremely well-received by those looking for a subcompact sedan that didn’t have the acceleration of a tug-boat.

2012 Mazda2

The 2012 Mazda2

The Scion iA had the pleasure of being the only vehicle in its class to come with standard forward collision warning and automatic braking systems, and was therefore named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. These features, along with the rest of what made the iA so popular, will carry over into the Toyota Yaris Sedan. Toyota will also keep the iA’s cheap pricetag, which falls below $16,000 for the manual transmission and just over $1K more with automatic.

The Yaris Sedan could join Toyota’s lineup as early as April 2016.

News Source: Auto Evolution