After years of neglect from parent company Toyota, Scion is finally seeing new products roll in. Two cars go on sale this year, and a subcompact crossover likely is headed to dealers in 2016.
iA: Sold globally as the Mazda2, and built by Mazda in Mexico, this subcompact sedan goes on sale in September. It uses Mazda's Skyactiv 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed auto. Despite the iA's Mazda roots, Scion is hoping this $16,495 (including shipping) entry can reel in young people buying their first new car and keep them within the Toyota family.
iM: Because it has been on sale globally for several years, the iM that hits stores in September is expected to have a shorter life span than most models. A redesigned model should go on sale in early 2019, at which point it will move to the same NGA-C platform as the Toyota Corolla that's also due around that time.
Subcompact crossover: A new, yet-unnamed subcompact crossover should hit Scion dealerships next fall as a 2017 model. It likely will resemble the C-HR Concept vehicle Toyota debuted at the 2014 Paris auto show and will ride on the smaller version of Toyota's modular platform dubbed the NGA-B.
With price and efficiency a main concern, this crossover should have a small, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engine under the hood.
tC: Scion planned to launch most models as one-and-done propositions, but the tC coupe will return for a second generation, with a redesign expected in 2017.
It will jump onto the same platform as the upcoming Prius and the next Corolla and keep a naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engine.
FR-S: A redesign should land in 2018 as a 2019 model. The fundamentals of this car -- rear-wheel drive, front engine -- likely will stay the same, though it's possible Toyota could bow to criticism about lack of power and add a turbocharger.