Scion has refreshed its best-selling tC sports coupe with a more cutting-edge exterior, a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system and several features adopted from the FR-S. The 2014 tC coupe was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.
In addition to new headlamps and a redesigned hood and upper- and lower-grille, the tC resembles the FR-S under the rear bumper with a new black-out valance with a lower-center trim piece and lower perimeter reflectors. The tC comes with 18-inch alloy wheels in a dark gray finish, contrasted by eye-catching machined-spoke surfaces.
The tC has a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with 179 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. It is available in six-speed manual transmission or an updated six-speed automatic version that can change gears nearly twice as fast as the previous model for
both upshifts and downshifts. The automatic transmission had Dynamic Rev Management technology adopted from the FR-S.
The most noticeable upgrade in the console is the 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen as part of the all-new Scion Standard Display Audio. The screen will be found in all 2014 Scion models, making Scion the first non-luxury brand with a standard touchscreen audio system. The system has all the infotainment and connectivity you’d expect, including Bluetooth and HD Radio. Customers can upgrade to Scion’s BeSpoke Premium Audio system with Aha radio and navigation.
The tC will be available in seven exterior paint colors, including new ‘Absolutely Red’ and ‘Blue Streak Metallic.’ The 2014 Scion tC will arrive in dealerships in June. Pricing hasn’t been announced.
To celebrate Scion’s 10th anniversary, Scion will produce 10,000 special edition version of each of its vehicle, called Scion 10 Series, with every car painted in the unique ‘silver ignition’ color. The cars will also hit dealerships in June.
“The sustained success of the tC, which accounts for 40 percent of all Scions ever sold, challenged designers to enhance the 2014 sports coupe in ways that keep it exciting to today’s drivers without losing its core appeal,” said Doug Murtha, Scion vice president.
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