Blessed with a richly-deserved and much-needed makeover, the 2011 Scion tC got its worldwide reveal in New York. The feature-rich front-drive hatch- coupe benefits from a comprehensive upgrading program that promises to make it quicker and more capable than the Gen I model -- as well as cleaner and even more fuel-efficient.
Based on new platform architecture, the 2011 Scion tC's length, height and wheelbase remain unchanged, but has grown slightly wider, the better to accommodate a meaningful widening of its front (+1.3 in) and rear (+2.1) track dimensions. Scion says the new tC's underpinnings have a considerably sportier tune and also help lower its ride height. To properly complement these chassis upgrades and its more overtly aggressive bodywork, the 2011 Scion tC also steps up from a 17-inch to an 18-inch standard wheel/tire fitment and benefits from larger anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist as well as Vehicle Stability and Traction Control systems.
On the motivation front, the 2011 Scion tC boasts a larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in place of the previous 2.4-liter. Bolstered with Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i), it makes 180 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, bumps of 19 and 11 units, respectively, over the 2010 tC and sounds noticeably more menacing thanks to a new sport-spec exhaust system. The engine can be paired with either a standard six-speed manual transmission that's been tweaked to improve shift feel or an optional six-speed sequential automatic. Regardless of trans choice, Scion says the 2011 tC will consume less fuel and emit fewer pollutants per mile.
Inside, the 2011 Scion tC's cabin still offers impressive space for a coupe, with a large rear hatch opening that adds to its overall versatility. New, more deeply contoured buckets should impress those traveling up front while the 60/40 split-folding rear bench carries over, complete with comfort-enhancing reclining seatbacks. As before, the 2011 Scion tC will come with a comprehensive array of standards including a new eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with supplemental steering-wheel-mounted controls and its signature panoramic glass roof.
The new 2011 Scion tC will arrive in dealers this fall. Pricing and full packaging specifics won't be released until closer to its on-sale date.