Unlike last year’s Hako concept (pictured), this year’s show car is expected to preview a new production model

Unlike last year’s Hako concept (pictured), this year’s show car is expected to preview a new production model

Scion has confirmed plans to unveil a new “micro-subcompact” concept car at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The concept will reflect Scion's youthful image and represents a new segment for the brand aimed toward the growing urbanization trend.

This basically means that Scion will be expanding into the minicar segment, which would coincide with previously speculation that Toyota’s iQ minicar could eventually be sold in the U.S. wearing Scion badges. Further strengthening the iQ’s chances of arriving on U.S. soil was the confirmation last year that the minicar was being considered for the North American market.

While there is no other official details, a quick search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark website reveals that Toyota has registered the name “tD”, which means we could have the name of Scion’s next model – either way, we should find out in a couple of weeks.

Incidentally, Scion used last year’s New York event to showcase the boxy Hako concept car but it was purely done as a styling exercise and was never intended for production.