Toyota breaks now ground bringing a luxury car safety feature to a budget car.
Toyota unveiled the new Scion iA. The 2016 Scion iA will arrive in dealerships this fall with an MSRP of $16,495. That price includes a low-speed pre-collision safety system and 7-inch multi-media system with voice recognition. Because Scion has a no hassle, no haggle Pure Price, customers walk out the door with the same price they saw posted in the dealership.
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Automatic breaking systems are usually found in luxury cars only. Toyota brings this advanced safety feature to a budget car. The standard low-speed Pre-collision system (up to 18mph uses lasers and cameras to help the driver avoid collisions and to help minimize damage in the event of an accident. There is even a camera in the rear for backing up. It appears though that the collision detection system is not offering speed and distance control, a feature found in more expensive cars.
The Scion iA features what Toyota calls a "dramatic" design. Beneath the daringly curved sheet metal lies a 1.5-liter engine with 106 horsepower. Customers have a choice of 6-speed stick shift or 6-speed automatic.
The 2016 Scion iA has a manufacturer-estimated 42 MPG highway consumption. Other features include 16-inch alloy wheels, Piano black bumper treatment, Chrome grille surround and tailpipe, Keyless entry with push start and a Tilt/telescopic steering wheel.
Front side airbags and curtain airbags help protect front and rear seat occupants. The 2016 Scion iA will start showing up at dealerships in September.
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Toyota will also launch the first hydrogen fuel cell car this Fall in California with the Toyota Mirai.