Scion is preparing to unveil a new concept at the upcoming L.A. auto show, which previews an all-new model slated for 2017. Scion is so far tight-lipped about what exactly the concept will be, but the teaser image it released at least indicates it will be some kind of hatchback or crossover.
Scion group vice president Doug Murtha told us at the New York auto show that the brand is refocusing on more “pragmatic” customers. As the brand looks to expand the kinds of vehicles it offers, the new concept we’ll see in L.A. is most likely a compact crossover with somewhat extroverted styling, possibly drawn from the Toyota C-HR concept.
As the small, four-door crossover looks to take on would-be rivals like the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3, you can bet it will come with an all-wheel-drive option. It’s also likely that the new Scion will ride on a version of Toyota’s new TNGA platform that underpins the all-new Prius. Murtha has said that Scion will still have to draw from models from the Toyota lineup, as there are no current plans for a unique vehicle.
Spy shots of a Toyota subcompact crossover testing with a Scion xB circulated the internet in late August. That same stubby, tall rear hatch that was camouflaged in the prototype could very well be what we’re seeing in Scion’s teaser.
Stay tuned for more on Scion’s latest concept car, as we learn more when it breaks cover at the L.A. auto show on November 18.