Modernized Scion FR-S promised with Toyota badge

Published on April 28 2016

In February, Toyota announced that their North American subbrand Scion would no longer be.

This decision will mark the end of the road for the coupe tC that will see its last model-year in 2016. However, the newer sports coupe FR-S and hatchback iM will instead merge into the Toyota lineup. The Scion FR-S, known across the world as the Toyota 86, will adopt its global nomenclature in North America as well.

Scion was created over a decade ago as a way for Toyota to reach out to a younger audience and to study bolder design venues. Those design studies gave birth, among other things, to the very successful Scion xB. In 2012, Toyota joined forces with other Japanese giant Subaru to come up with one of the most well known sports coupe of under $30k. The collaboration of the two automakers resulted in the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins, a pair of boldly designed, rear-wheel drive, boxer engine coupes. Despite the disappearance of the Scion brand, Toyota promised that alongside its new badge, the rebranded FR-S would also receive a refreshed and modernized look before diving into a second generation. The upgraded lines of the model have been unveiled at this year’s New York auto show.

Meet the Toyota 86

The freshened-up look of the next model-year and future Toyota 86 is curvier with dramatic wheel arches, a plunging nose line and a new set of wheels. The interior has been reworked as well and will now integrate higher grade materials and a reworked dashboard. Under the hood, the 86 will sport the same 2.0L, four-cylinder boxer engine, but will gain in power, reaching an output of 205 hp. The manual gearbox will also be upgraded with better gear ratio and the shocks and suspension will be tuned up which will contribute to improving the coupe’s performance and handling.

Sharing the stage with the 2017 Toyota 86 was the C-HR concept. The compact crossover concept would sit below the RAV4 as Toyota’s player in the ever growing segment. The design is the most striking feature, if the production version of the C-HR is to be anything like its concept. The lines are indeed quite bold and daring compared to the manufacturer’s usual visual signature with sharp angles, strong lines and a look that feels almost futuristic. The CH-R concept could represent a whole new path for its maker, already engaged in upgrading its lineup with a more modern touch.

Until the 2017 Toyota 86 is launched on the market, this is your chance to get your hand on the 2016 Scion FR-S at Kingston Toyota and Scion as the sports coupe is bound to become a piece of history.

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