2017 Toyota Corolla iM

After an unsuccessful run, Toyota has finally decided to end the Scion brand. However, for Scion enthusiasts, the situation is not grave as previously thought. Toyota will in fact retain some Scion models by rebranding them to Toyota. One such model is the Scion iM hatchback which will now wear the Toyota Corolla iM nametag.

However, just like when it wore the Scion brand, the hatch still lacks in the areas of convenience, comfort and performance. This makes rival models more appealing and unless Toyota does something about it, the model will continue attracting lackluster sales.  To attract buyers, Toyota will offer the hatchback with a 2-year free initial schedule maintenance which is unheard in economy class automobiles. Read along for more information:


2017 Toyota Corolla iM Exterior

The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM five door hatchback is offered in a single but well equipped trim. Toyota has carried over the model largely unchanged. The biggest exterior change will be replacement of Scion badges with Toyota badges.

The grille and bumpers are carried over unchanged, as are the headlights. The model will also feature LED running lights and power-folding heated side mirrors. It will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels.  The model will be offered in a host of exterior colors to choose from, they include Spring Green Metallic, Electric Storm Blue, Black Sand Pearl, Blizzard Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic and Classic Silver Metallic.

In terms of its dimensions, the hatch will measure 170.5 inches long and 69.3 inches wide. It will have a wheelbase of 102.4 inches and a curb weight of 2,943 lbs.


2017 Toyota Corolla iM Interior

The five-passenger hatch features a host of standard features on the cabin including supportive front seats even for long distances. The rear seats have a 60/40 split-folding capability which helps expand its cargo capacity. However, its cargo capacity is underwhelming but the automaker has added several spaces to store small items all over the cabin.

Other features include an automatic climate control system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel wrapped in leather, a rearview camera, cruise control and a navigation system. The model also comes with a 6-speaker sound system that features a 7-inch touch-screen. These features are all carried over from the Scion iM.

For safety, the new Corolla iM will feature antilock brakes, stability and traction control, curtain airbags, side airbags, a driver knee airbag as well as a seat-cushion airbag for the front passenger.

In terms of accessories, the hatch is more equipped than most of its competitors. However, the model’s other setbacks such as its small cargo space, poor acceleration and less engaging drivability place it at a disadvantage in the market.


Engine Specs and performance

The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM is powered by a single drive-train. The mill is a 1.8 L, 4-cylinder engine which produces 137 horses and 126 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. A CVT system is offered as an option.

The engine powers the hatchback to run from 0-60 mph in 9.1 seconds which is pretty disappointing. The hatchback has a top speed of 121 mph. At this speed, the model is the slowest in the segment. The hatch is however very efficient. It is rated to return 27 mpg in city, 36 mpg on highway and 31 mpg on combined drives when paired with a manual gearbox. Models paired with a CVT system return 28 mpg in city, 37 mpg on highway and 32 mpg on combined drives.

However, despite the good ratings, some rival models post better figures. This means the model will not find the going easy when it is released into the market.


Price and release date

Toyota has not announced official details on the price or release date of the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM. However, the model is expected to hit dealerships in late 2016 or early 2017. As for the price, the model is rumored to carry an MSRP of $18,460.


Competition is very stiff in this compact hatchback segment.  The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM hatchback will have to contend with models such as the Mazda 3, VW Golf, Kia Forte  and the Ford Focus.

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