Hybrids – particularly ones that use Toyota's complicated Hybrid Synergy Drive – feature two distinct sets of drivetrain components that are each capable of powering the vehicle. As such, they are more expensive to produce than typical internal combustion engine-powered vehicles. Add in an expensive battery pack and the expected cost for a hybridized Scion shoots past the self-imposed $20,000 ceiling that Toyota has set on its entry-level marque.
So, if a hybrid Scion isn't on the horizon (at least not in the near-term), what innovative technology is Toyota considering for Scion? For starters, all-wheel drive, likely cribbed from Subaru, of which Toyota owns a 16.5-percent stake. Apparently, Toyota believes it can manage an all-wheel drive Scion that doesn't break the $20,000 barrier more easily than it can a hybrid version. Where that falls into the Japanese automaker's stated goal to produce ever more fuel efficient vehicles, we don't yet know.
[Source: Wards Auto]