Our friends at AutoWeek magazine are reporting on possible future product plans for Scion. While we know the all new 2011 Scion tC is arriving and the 2012 iQ will be along early next year, what else is on the way? There have been a few concepts in the last few years that tell of possible new products such as the Hako and the A-BAT mini truck.
Scion plans to widen the product line there is no doubt. Redesigns are in store for current models like the xB and xD as well. Here is an outline of what Autoweek is reporting:
Scion tC: New 2011 model arriving at dealers about right now. A future five-door variation is being studied to add soon which may have suicide doors similar to the Mazda RX-8.
Scion iQ: Launches early 2011. Scion hopes to sell 20,000 units a year of this four-passenger minicar.
Scion xB: In summer of 2012 a third generation of the popular box will debut as a 2013 model
Scion xD: Also in summer of 2012 a third generation design will be introduced. As the current xD isn’t performing as well as Scion would like, expect some departure from the current car.
Hako: Autoweek reports that this potential new model is under study possible as a replacement for the xD or to be sold along side the entry level model. The program has not yet been approved.
Mini Truck: As there are few if any true mini-trucks in the States of the strain that had high popularity in the 1980′s Toyota is considering a product line based on the A-BAT concept truck. If they move forward with the line, Autoweek reports that Scion would get a non-hybrid model while Toyota would get a less styled hybrid truck. It is reported the model would be based on the RAV4 architecture.
Rear Drive Sport Coupe: Like the most alluring study being done for Scion is a cut-price version of the upcoming FT-86 car line. A rear drive sport coupe, a Scion version of the FT-86 would be priced lower and be a slightly de-contented version of the car being developed with Subaru.
Even if only one of the concepts being considered comes to the showroom, it promises to round out the Scion line. We would welcome a mini-truck hands down but the idea of an entry level FT-86 with a Scion badge could be the seed for a whole crop of Scion owners and enthusiasts!