• Aug 11, 2010
Toyota A-BAT Concept – Click above for a high-res image gallery

Scion is about to expand its initial three-model lineup with a rather intriguing new vehicle that's set to take on the Smart Fortwo as the microcar of choice for those looking to downsize as far as humanly possible. While the upcoming iQ is a pretty nifty machine, it won't be quite practical for a large number of drivers here in the United States.

Hence, it's not entirely surprising that Scion is reportedly considering a possible fifth, sixth or even seventh model. As before, talk of a small pickup truck is apparently on the table. Interestingly, Scion vice president Jack Hollis suggests that something like the Toyota A-BAT concept could be revived in Scion guise.

Another possible Scion model could be based on the love-it-or-(more-likely)-hate-it Hako Concept from the 2008 New York Auto Show. Finally – and certainly most interestingly for enthusiasts – a small, rear-wheel-drive sport coupe is also on the table for consideration. We know where we're casting our vote...



[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty cool
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Pickup, crossover and RWD coupe being considered for Scion?"

      Brand discontinuation shuld be considered for Scion
        • 4 Years Ago
        Glad someone said it. Quit now instead wasting money fleshing out a lineup that will just compete with other Toyotas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They already sell it as a Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Scion is supposed to be a young brand.
      You buy the gas guzzling vehicle in 10 years when you have kids ( since you need 4000-5000lbs of steel to move around 2 kids lol )
      • 4 Years Ago
      A small pickup would be great.....

      but why does virtually every new car these days have such a high belt-line? Do the designers set out to create a machine that has as little visibility as possible? Never mind the fact that they make cars look even bulkier than they area.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Two words: Crash. Standards.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One word: SUVs. The stupid things that stupid people drive. It has caused the belt lines on all vehicles to be raised to avoid intrusion by some insecure jackass driving an offroad vehicle to work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, it does all come down to SUVs unfortunately!!
        With half of them on the road, there is a 50% chance you'll hit one.
        And they're tall, so sedans/coupes keep getting taller in order to cope...

        etc etc etc. It's like weight wars where the object is to kill the other person by driving the larger/heavier car.

        I still like kei cars though cuz they basically just bounce off the heavier car, lol.. thank you, tiny wheelbase.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In answer to the high belt line question would be the pedestrian impact regulations. Also, where have I seen this before? Oh yeah. http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/autoreview/400x266/2001-Isuzu-VehiCross-01805091990004.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv, we know you hate SUVs. The high belt lines are for PEDESTRIANS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BuyUSA - take a drive by any Acura dealer to see the ugliest crap on the road today

      If Toyota does move forward with that truck, by the time it makes it to production it will look like a refridgerator on wheels with a Scion badge glued to the front
      • 4 Years Ago
      I smell the GRMN Aigo Hot Hatch Concept in the "RWD coupe" mentioned here...

      All of those options sound like good ones. I can see the Hako concept replacing or becoming the xB refresh, going back to the quirky roots of the gen1; everyone is always ranting and raving about not having any small pickups to choose from, and who in their right mind would be against a RWD coupe?

      The continued good news about new Toyota models is making me excited.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the a-bat truck is kind of cool, great idea to have a small truck here in the states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. I had just about forgotten about the A-BAT concept.

      Now, compared with the new styling of some of the new vehicles out there (i.e. the Nissan Juke) A-BAT doesn't really look as farfetched as it did then. Or maybe it's just me.

      Anyway, A-BAT and the coupe aren't bad ideas. The RWD coupe would be a unique addition to the market, and the A-BAT could find favor with a lot of different types of people.

      The Hako, I think that is a bad idea to bring to market. I think Scion would do better to just bring over the JDM-market xB. Same cubist interior, but more coherent styling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks like a baby honda ridgeline.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RWD Coupe: I can see that, come on FT-86 or a reborn Starlet.
      XUV/CUV/Wagon: Maybe, could see it as a re-badged Terios, would there be a market for a micro CUV in the states though?
      Pickup: I don't see the point of a pickup... but who knows, there's quite a few "rice" pickups on the streets that never get used for actual truck use.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you mean like the thousands upon thousands of Nissans and Toyotas from the 80s and early 90s? Those, as you call them, "rice" pickups? Yeah, they were useless...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong. there are uses for truck, I use them for work. But I guess it's Toyota at it again in trying to invent a new niche by offering a superfluous pickup from the showroom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Luis

        I believe he's talking about the slammed S10 riding on air bags with a compressor in the bed and a rear liftgate with a crooked license plate inset.

        Those, are useless. And I see a ton of them on the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can find guys every day working the tar out of their little Toyotas and Nissans, in ways that would make an S10 cry.
        I actually like the A-Bat concept. Sure, it needs some cleaning up, but it could roll on Rav4 underpinnings and actually come in around 20k for a little AWD trucklet that can carry 4 people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody please smash this concept with A BAT.
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