Previewed in concept form last November in Los Angeles, a production version of the new 2016 Scion iM will be revealed in early April at the New York Auto Show. This week, the car on which it will be based -- the European Toyota Auris Hatchback -- bowed in Geneva. While its 5-door Scion-to-be cousin is almost certain to strike a visual balance that falls somewhere between the iM showcar and this clearly more conservative Toyota-badged take, the family resemblance is obvious.

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Also offered in a slightly larger and more formal Touring Sports Wagon, the facelifted Auris now boasts a more sophisticated overall appearance with tidier detailing on its fascias and more extensive use of LED lighting along with new, upsized alloy wheels. Inside, the quieter cabin features a restyled dash that has a cleaner, more user-friendly design with added soft touch surfaces, a recast main gauge cluster that includes a 4.2-inch TFT info display and a new center screen with touch-sensitive controls. The suspension on this classy compact was also retuned to improve dynamic response as well as ride comfort - all of which bodes well for its upcoming Scion derivative. 

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Scion has yet to say what type of powertrain will be fitted to the new iM. However, the refreshed Auris hatch offers an expanded selection of gasoline and turbodiesel engines as well as a cleaner version of its most popular motivator: Toyota's gas/electric 1.8-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive package that makes 134 horsepower as it does in the current U.S. Prius. We'll have full details on the new 2016 Scion iM in about four weeks. 

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