As we all know it, the Scion brand is going to cease its existence at the end of the year as Toyota has decided to call its youthful brand experiment finished.
But since the models sold by the brand proved successful enough, some of them will get to live on – for example the FR-S will morph back into the Toyota GT 86 in North America as well. But more importantly two other Scion cars will remain on sale in the US as rebadged Toyotas, according to an official announcement by the automaker. The Japanese company’s lineup will grow to encompass the iA as the Yaris iA and the iM as the Corolla iM. The changes will become complete starting with the 2017 model year and according to a Scion spokesperson the iA had already been treated to the Toyota badge in Canada and Mexico – meaning the “connection was already there.”
The executive further explained the same will happen with the Corolla, as the ongoing Corolla sedan and the Scion iM “paired really well.” In plain talk this means the Japanese automaker will be able to offer the Corolla with two body styles – just like Chevrolet does with its Cruze model, for example. The Scion FR-S will be offered as the 2017 Toyota GT 86 and its introduction will be taking place during next week’s New York International Auto Show. US sales of the upgraded model will start this fall, with the Euro-spec model to arrive at dealerships before the start of 2017.