2020 Scion IM Style – 2020 Scion IM
Late aftermost week, it was baldheaded that the Toyota Yaris’ auto alternative — the one Toyota absolutely builds — would be discontinued in the US, and that added account about the Yaris calendar was advancing soon. Now, a new address sheds some ablaze on what ability happen.
Car and Driver reported today that Toyota will acceptable booty a folio from the Yaris auto and abject a approaching Yaris Liftback (hatchback) on a car from Mazda. The accepted Toyota Yaris auto — aforetime accepted as the Toyota Yaris iA and, afore that, the Scion iA — is based off the Mazda2 sedan. Thus, Car and Driver posits that the 2020 Yaris Liftback will be the same-generation Mazda2 auto with some Toyota badges on it.
Things got a little blowzy in Toyota’s calendar back the automaker fabricated the accommodation to annihilate off the value-oriented Scion brand. The Scion iM, abroad alleged the Toyota Auris, was bankrupt into the Corolla calendar as the Corolla iM afore actuality replaced with a able Corolla Auto in 2018. The Scion iA was shoehorned into the Yaris calendar because of its baby ability and affordable starting price, but it was a little ambagious as bisected the Yaris calendar had Mazda tech and underpinnings.
Moving to a Mazda-based calendar in the US would acceptable addition sales. Car and Driver addendum that Toyota awash 25,269 Yaris sedans in 2018, against aloof 1,940 hatchbacks. Toyota adapted the Yaris auto in 2017 with some European-inspired aesthetics, but the basal $.25 are adjoining on ancient. Plus, it’s consistently nice to offload the adamantine genitalia of car development to somebody else.
Even admitting US consumers overwhelmingly adopt auto SUVs to auto hatchbacks, it’s nice to apperceive that Toyota doesn’t arise assertive to annihilate the Yaris calendar in the US entirely. While a Toyota agent accepted to Car and Driver that “a new auto archetypal is advancing for 2020,” as the address notes, Toyota’s account to Roadshow is a bit added vague: “We will not be alms a MY2019 Yaris liftback for auction in the U.S. but will abide to action the MY2019 Yaris sedan, which is congenital in Mexico in a affiliation with Mazda. We’re alive on article new for MY2020 and attending advanced to seeing you at the New York Auto Show for added details.” We’ll acceptable accept to delay until April for Toyota to discharge any added details, barring an aboriginal brain-teaser of some sort.
Update, 3:37 p.m. Eastern: Added architect comment.