With Scion’s 10Best-winning FR-S rear-drive sports car stealing the limelight, the brand’s best-selling car, the tC, hasn’t exactly been top of mind. For 2014, though, Scion is aiming to inject a little more attitude into its front-drive coupe. Among the revised visual cues are new headlamps and a longer, sloping hood that tapers down to a more muscular-looking grille dappled with LED accents. Out back, an FR-S–like rear valance and new LED taillamps are adopted.
Chassis rigidity is said to improve as well for 2014, due to upping the spot-weld count in key areas. Toyota also has fiddled with shock and anti-roll-bar tuning, and it has recalibrated the car’s electric steering—we’ve previously found it to be pretty numb—with a goal of improving response.
Inside, all tCs get a new 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system with redundant steering-wheel controls. Optional is an Aha-integrated audio setup that uses your phone to connect to internet radio—Scion has its own station—and access location-based apps like Yelp. Standard auto-up/down power windows and auto-off headlamps round out the new interior stuff.
There will also be a special 10,000-unit run of models that celebrate Scion’s 10th anniversary, all in “Ignition Silver” paint and with the requisite interior commemorative plaque. (The run includes all models in the lineup, so the iQ, xB, xD, and FR-S.) The cars also get silver-colored seatbelts, a solar-powered illuminated shift knob (sweet!), and an LED badge that lights up when the car is unlocked.
The 2014 Scion tC hits U.S. showrooms this June.
Thanks to: Car and Driver