Scion’s tC is a bit of a bore next to the FR-S, but the brand is aiming to inject a little more excitement into its front-wheel drive three-door car.
Despite that, the 2.5-liter four cylinder engine remains unchanged with 179 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual remains in place, but the automatic with as many gears has been improved with shift times twice as fast as before. It also borrows rev management technology from the FR-S to blip the throttle before a downshift.
Apart from that, there aren’t any major mechanical changes, but Scion says the handling will improve thanks to modified sway bar, tweaked shock absorbers and extra spot welds for a stiffer body.
While modifications to the body aren’t drastic in terms of overall shape, its front fascia looks much meaner than before. Sharp angled pieces protrude into the headlights to give a look akin to the new Lexus IS while a gaping grille seems influenced by Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo. The fog light bezels are als revised with a more vertical shape sitting in front of the new 18-inch wheels.
The cabin also gets a series of enhancements including a 6.1-inch touchscreen — something that will be standard in all 2014 model year Scions. A “BeSpoke” premium audio system is also optional and comes with navigation as part of the package along with Aha internet radio.
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