LA-inspired Scion iA lowrider unveiled ahead of SEMA debut

Scion\'s lowrider is a homage to the culture of Los Angeles.

Toyota's Scion division will travel to next week's SEMA show to introduce a host of customized models. One of them is a heavily-modified iA lowrider designed with input from writer Eddie Huang.

Billed as a homage to Los Angeles' culture, the iA lowrider gains a custom metallic yellow, orange and brown paint job accented by a painting of what Huang calls a "human panda" on the hood. The look is accented by gold-dipped wire wheels wrapped by whitewall tires, and a new front bumper that incorporates a gold-plated square grille.

A dual-stage air bag system with independent wheel control makes front to back, side to side and three-wheeled movement possible. The system's components are stored in the iA's trunk. The cabin is spruced up with a chain-link steering wheel, a custom dash, a wooden shift knob, new seats, and yellow trim pieces that echo the paint job. Of course, no lowrider would be complete without a beefed-up sound system, and the iA delivers with a huge speaker box integrated into the rear bench.

Scion hasn't made any major mechanical changes to the concept, meaning it carries on with a high-compression 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 106 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 103 lb-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. It's fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission that's optional on the regular-production model.

It goes without saying that Scion's iA-based lowrider is a one-off model designed for the SEMA show, not a preview of a production-bound model.

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