Scion seemed like such a good idea when it was first launched. Toyota's aim was to provide young people with stylish, affordable cars that would serve as a gateway to the automaker's family of products. It was also supposed to be something of an incubator for new ideas that were too radical for its more conservative Toyota and Lexus brands. Over a decade since its launch, the brand has languished, and today's showroom is populated by slow-selling and aging vehicles that have often been slow to receive upgrades. However, there may be a bright spot on the imminent horizon, as there are reportedly a slate of new models on the way over the next three years.

According to a model timeline published by Automotive News, the Scion lineup is about to get a major overhaul. First, the boxy xB may finally be going to the big refrigerator box in the sky, to be replaced by a version of the more conventionally styled Auris hatchback (pictured above) from overseas markets in early 2015. Later next year, the xD will also allegedly bow out in favor of a new hatchback based on the Mazda2 (thanks to a recently signed platform-sharing deal). For 2016, the sporty tC hatchback is also said to get a redesign, and interestingly enough, a Corolla-based compact crossover could join the ranks, too.

While those changes should boost sales volume, there's also news that's sure to make enthusiasts happy. Automotive News cites company executives who confirm a second-generation FR-S is on the way in early 2017. A Subaru exec also recently gave a similar confirmation that it was working on another BRZ.

Finally, as first rumored last year, the little iQ will likely sing its swan song at the end of 2014. The news hardly comes as a surprise. Through June, Scion has sold just just 1,227 of its Smart-sized commuter nationwide, down 47 percent from last year.


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      Ajr Ajr
      • 4 Months Ago
      The xB/xD needed more economy(better transmission), the iQ needed to be more affordable, the tC needs 200hp, and the FR-S needs around 250hp.
      Teleny411
      • 4 Months Ago
      They messed up with replacing the original xb which is still a bit of cult favorite with the second gen that just looked like a crossover.
      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 4 Months Ago
      Finally! I thought Toyota would bring it over for certain after production ended on the Matrix since they're pretty much the exact same size. Much more attractive and capable than the Corolla, it'll be on my short list for when I'm car shopping in a year or two.
        Doug Robb
        • 4 Months Ago
        @P.Z. Dawkins
        Since the Auris is sold as a Corolla in some markets with the exception of the U.K. it should fill the gap that the Matrix left behind. The one we rented last year in the U.K. reminded me of a Mazda3 Hatch in styling with some nice choices in materials and equipment. Should do well depending on how they choose to market it.
      jamesevarner
      • 4 Months Ago
      It looks good, but I was hoping for the Auris Hybrid Wagon to make it to the States. Perhaps I'll get my wish with the next replacement of the Prius V.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 4 Months Ago
      As a guy who loves his XB I hope the Auris is a nice replacement for our beloved BOX on wheels. Truly Scion needs to do an update, or replacement as there have been few updates since the second gen debut.
        Hoale
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Doug Danzeisen Sr
        Yeah I like my 06 XB. I don't understand why they changed it so drastically with the newer model when they could have made some standard refresh changes that would keep or win over more nitch type buyers. Upgrade the engine and trans, 2.4L is not necessary, make the trunk space just a few inches bigger, add more sound deadening, upgrade basic interior materials and layout.
        P.F. Bruns
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Doug Danzeisen Sr
        I like my 2011 xB, but the design shows its age in the form of low fuel economy for the class and a slightly stiff ride (due to an overworked Corolla suspension on low-profile stock tires, even with slightly beefier stock parts) and a dashboard designed by a Klingon recovering from a head injury. I like the Auris, but would rather have the wagon than the hatch for cargo space.
      dacelbot
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hmm, I've always liked the XB though it does seem hopelessly out of date now. A compact crossover could be interesting, something cheaper than the NX and maybe more Millennial oriented styling and tech features than the RAV4
      Justin Campanale
      • 4 Months Ago
      Typo in the article. "Hatchbach"?????
      Robert
      • 4 Months Ago
      Give the Corolla based crossover a soul and I will happily make it the daily commuter.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 4 Months Ago
      The demise of the iQ in the states is a shame. In the cities, less can actually be more.
        jonnybimmer
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        Even in cities, they aren't that popular though. Here in SF, you're much more likely to spot an 500e or Smart (if it isn't flipped) than an iQ. Personally I think the iQ's core customer base has difficulty choosing an iQ over the cheaper Yaris. Yes, the Yaris is larger, but it's still pretty compact and that extra size also comes with extra seating/storage. Also, the boom of services like Uber & Zipcar means that it makes less sense nowadays for a city dweller to own a car that's designed only for personal transportation.
          Doug Danzeisen Sr
          • 4 Months Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          Agreed, the Yaris makes a lot more sense for more people than the strange little IQ. Still, I like the quirky little car.
          tump
          • 4 Months Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          You're right in that point... here in San Francisco, the competing car for most classes is one somebody else owns.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        Dude, i live in NYC, there's traffic, no space to park and yet somehow everyone manages to own HUGE SUVs, if you want please go ahead and drive the tiny iQ.
          Justin Campanale
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          You must be living in some other NYC from a parallel universe.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          I don't need the iQ when I'm happy with my FIAT 500. :) ... out in the country, no less.
      hemusbull
      • 4 Months Ago
      This brand (brand?) is an incubator of badged engineering...Too bad execution of otherwise initially good idea!
      SPcamert
      • 4 Months Ago
      My parents currently own a 2005 xB purchased strongly on my recommendation when I was a teenager. It was a good little car, more like a truck when it came to ride, economical, large on the inside, and...minus the automatic transmission...could be lots of fun. If they could bring back a box like that, with a better transmission and more economy than the existing bloat-box I could easily see a hit. That said, I'm glad to see the Auris coming stateside and can't understand why it wasn't here already.
      bK
      • 4 Months Ago
      Scion never had their own car except for the tC. They were all rebadged Toyota from Japan, and now that they fazed it out over there, there isn't any other cars to replace it. Toyota should just dismantle the Scion brand and sell it as a Toyota and save money.
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