We already learned all about Toyota dropping the final remains of the Scion iM with the release of the Corolla Hatchback in place of the Corolla iM. Now, Toyota has tossed the last scoop of dirt on Scion’s grave with the reveal of the 2019 Yaris Sedan.
Of course, this four-door subcompact takes the place of the Yaris iA, which was once the Scion iA. Unlike the Corolla iM, the 2019 Yaris Sedan remains almost visually identical to the Yaris iA it replaces, which means it’s still based on the Mazda2 Sedan. And this is a good thing, as that mean it’ll retain the iA’s peppy nature it inherits from the zoom-zoom brand.
One key thing that does change is that the 2019 Yaris Sedan now comes in trim levels, something the Yaris iA did not have because of its Scion roots. It’ll be available in three trims: L, LE, and XLE. Standard equipment will also see some improvement, as even the base L trim will get a 7-inch touchscreen and automatic emergency braking.
With its new XLE trim, the 2019 Yaris iA will have a surprisingly upscale top end. This trim will include leatherette seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake, automatic climate control, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and illuminated entry.
Everything will pretty much remain the same from the previous Yaris iA, including its 1.5-liter engine with 106 horsepower.
There is no mention of when the 2019 Yaris Sedan will hit showrooms, but I suspect it’ll arrive in the late summer of early fall.