Toyota has unveiled the all new 2016 Scion iA Sedan and iM hatchback for the U.S market, in the hope of breaking the brand’s sales slump. The affordable vehicle will feature limited features, but feature a high-end collision breaking system.
The base price of the Scion iA will be $16,495 for the six-speed manual transmission. The new vehicle is the sedan version of Madza2 that is not available in the U.S market, and the two vehicles will reach scion showrooms on September 1. The automatic braking system in the new model is similar to the one found in BMW 3-series and 5-series. Others with the premium feature include new Volvos, Hyundai Genesis, Merecedes-Benz E-Class, Infiniti Q70 and Toyota Avalon.
Automatic breaking system is seen in mid-range models like Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Buick Regal, bur Scion had added this feature in this low-priced vehicle. The new system is being manufactured by Conti Temic, a subsidiary of Continental AG,. The infrared radar system can scan the road up to 30 metres, when the car is pacing up between 2 to 18mph.
When an object is approaching at the Scion iA, the vehicle with notify the driver with audible warning, flashing lights on dashboard and pre-change the brakes. In case of imminent danger, the Scion iA will automatically thrust the brakes. However, the vehicle is likely to offer a weak performance with its 1.5 -liter four-cylinder engine that produces only 106 horsepower and 103-pound-feet of torque. Scion iA is lightweight with 2,400 pounds that offer a lively driving feeling.
Buyers are likely to opt for the automatic transmission as it offers superior EPA rating of 33/42/37 mpg while the manual with a slick-shifting gearbox will return approximately 31/41/35 mpg. The automaker is hoping to revive sales with the iA and iM, the affordable price is likely to steer up the sales.