Scion tC fea­tures up­graded in­te­rior, new stan­dard equip­ment

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Scion’s top seller, the tC sports coupe, adds new sound, smarts and swishes for the 2016 model year. A new stan­dard au­dio sys­tem, a host of up­graded in­te­rior fea­tures (in­clud­ing a Smart Key with push-but­ton start) and the ad­di­tion of a stan­dard rear wind­shield wiper add to the tC’s fun and func­tion­al­ity.


With­out sac­ri­fic­ing ex­cite­ment, driv­ers can choose be­tween au­to­matic and man­ual sixspeed trans­mis­sions. The au­to­matic trans­mis­sion-equipped 2016 tC of­fers driv­ers a sporty, man­ual-style driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with steer­ing-wheel-mounted pad­dle shifters, while still main­tain­ing the con­ve­nience and rush-hour com­fort of an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The au­to­matic also of­fers Dy­namic Rev Man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy, which quickly raises the en­gine speed to help match en­gine revs to gear ra­tios on down­shifts for a sportier drive and a rich, throaty en­gine sound.

The 2.5-liter, four-cylin­der en­gine de­liv­ers 179 horse­power at 6,000 RPM and 172 pound-feet of torque. Dual Vari­able Valve Timing with in­tel- ligence (VVT-i) con­trib­utes to the tC’s ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy and per­for­mance. The 2016 tC has an EPA-es­ti­mated fuel econ­omy rat­ing of 23 mpg city and 31 mpg high­way for both trans­mis­sions.

The 2016 tC plat­form fea­tures a MacPher­son strut front-sus­pen­sion and a dou­ble-wish­bone rear-sus­pen­sion that pro- vides strength and ride com­fort. Im­proved han­dling in­tro­duced for the 2014 model year car­ries through, in­clud­ing op­ti­mized shock ab­sorbers, in­creased chas­sis rigid­ity and re­tuned elec­tronic steer­ing for im­proved re­sponse times. In to­tal, the ride al­lows driv­ers to feel in con­trol and ready to at­tack the road.


The ag­gres­sive look of the 2016 tC ad­dresses driv­ers’ evolv­ing tastes in the sports coupe. The bold front fas­cia fea­tures a slop­ing hood that leads to an­gu­lar pro­jec­tor head­lamps and LED front ac­cent lamps. The mus­cu­lar look is en­hanced by a lower grille treat­ment. The tC sits on 18-inch alu­minum al­loy wheels that come stan­dard with a pre­mium dark gray paint and con­trasted ma­chined-spoke sur­faces. At the rear, the tC has an FR-S-in­spired black­out sec­tion, lower cen­ter

ac­cent trim and LED tail lamps. The over­all look is mus­cu­lar and bold.

All tC mod­els come stan­dard with a panoramic moon­roof, dual sun­shades, fold­ing side mir­rors with LED turn in­di­ca­tors and a chrome ex­haust tip. The tC is avail­able in seven col­ors in­clud­ing Cos­mic Gray, Black, Mag­netic Gray Metal­lic, Blue Streak Metal­lic, Ab­so­lutely Red, Ce­ment and Bl­iz­zard Pearl.


In­side, the tC sat­is­fies the needs and pref­er­ences of to­day’s savvy driv­ers. A stan­dard three-spoke tilt and tele­scope steer­ing wheel has a thick-rimmed rac­ing-in­spired flat bot­tom that driv­ers want. It’s also leather-wrapped for com­fort and fea­tures all the de­sired au­dio con­trols within easy touch. New for 2016 are sil­ver ac­cent in­te­rior door han­dles, an up­dated cen­ter con­sole cover and a sporty leather wrapped shift knob. In­di­ca­tors in the in­stru­ment panel are set stylishly deep and il­lu­mi­nated with deep or­ange light­ing. Step­ping into the ve­hi­cle, a one-touch track and seat-back an­gle mem­ory func­tion eas­ily sets the six-way ad­justable seat and back­rest into fa­vorite po­si­tions. At a glance, driv­ers have ac­cess to an out­side tem­per­a­ture gauge, a tachome­ter, a trip me­ter and more.

Built on a 106.3-inch wheel­base, the tC seats five com­fort­ably. Tone-on-tone sport bucket seats cra­dle the driver and front pas­sen­ger while rear pas­sen­ger seats are up­hol­stered with pre­mium fab­ric de­signs and re­cline up to 10 de­grees. Con­ve­nience comes stan­dard with 34.5 cu­bic feet of cargo space and a 60/40 split ca­pa­bil­ity for the rear seats. Am­ple stor­age in­cludes a gen­er­ously sized cen­ter con­sole box with arm­rest.


Scion driv­ers de­mand top qual­ity in their sound and au­dio tech­nol­ogy and won’t be dis­ap­pointed in the tC’s new stan­dard au­dio sys­tem. A new, large 7-inch touch screen dis­play and voice recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy lend a com­pletely new look and feel. The fea­tures Scion driv­ers ex­pect are present: Blue­tooth hands-free and au­dio stream­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, HD Ra­dio and USB con­nec­tiv­ity. It’s sim­ple to ref­er­ence song ti­tles, al­bum name and artist name right on the head unit.

The tC fea­tures a Pi­o­neer au­dio sys­tem with eight speak­ers in­clud­ing su­pe­rior mid-range and woofer speak­ers. Stan­dard for 2016 is Aha, avail­able on iTunes and Google Play, which pro­vides ac­cess to over 100,000 au­dio choices.

Ad­di­tional on-the-go con­nec­tiv­ity and on-board nav­i­ga­tion is avail­able with the op­tional Be­Spoke Au­dio sys­tem. Pushto-talk voice nav­i­ga­tion and geo-lo­cated points of in­ter­est add con­ve­nience to any drive. Like the stan­dard au­dio sys­tem, Aha is in­cluded, but it also has rout­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Driv­ers also can find lo­cal restau­rants, cof­fee, ho­tels, and weather up­dates through lo­ca­tion-based ser­vices like Yelp and TripAd­vi­sor, along with pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia ap­pli­ca­tions, sports, news and en­ter­tain­ment.

The new-for-2016 sys­tem also has voice train­ing (on non-nav­i­ga­tion units only), a quick POI Search fea­ture, which al­lows the driver to quickly find the near­est gas, bank, etc. (with nav­i­ga­tion only), and a phone­book that holds up to 2,500 con­tacts with four num­bers each.


All 2016 tCs come stan­dard with eight airbags, in­clud­ing sup­ple­men­tal re­straint sys­tem (SRS), driver and front pas­sen­ger airbags, driver and front pas­sen­ger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front pas­sen­ger knee airbags, and side cur­tain airbags. Ac­tive head­rests are pro­vided to both the driver and the front pas­sen­ger, and tra­di­tional head­rests are in all re­main­ing seat­ing po­si­tions. A tire pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem warns driv­ers when air pres­sure is crit­i­cally low.

Stan­dard safety equip­ment also in­cludes the STAR Safety Sys­temTM which fea­tures an Anti-lock Brake Sys­tem (ABS), Elec­tronic Brake Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), Brake As­sist (BA), Trac­tion Con­trol (TRAC), Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC) and Smart Stop Tech­nol­ogy (SST). When de­sired, a but­ton al­lows the driver to turn off the VSC and/or the TRAC fea­tures.


The tC is cov­ered by Scion’s stan­dard three-year/36,000mile lim­ited war­ranty and fiveyear/60,000-mile pow­er­train war­ranty. It also comes with Scion Ser­vice Boost, a com­pli­men­tary plan cov­er­ing nor­mal fac­tory-sched­uled main­te­nance for two years or 25,000 miles, which­ever comes first, and two years of 24-hour road­side as­sis­tance.


Scion con­tin­ues to be the test lab­o­ra­tory di­vi­sion for Toy­ota Mo­tor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to of­fer prod­ucts and pro­cesses that stand apart from the crowd. Scion of­fers dis­tinc­tive ve­hi­cles that re­flect own­ers’ pas­sions with a model line-up that in­cludes the all­new iM five-door hatch­back, the all-new iA sports sedan, iconic xB ur­ban util­ity ve­hi­cle, the tC sports coupe, and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. Scion also ap­peals to a youth­ful au­di­ence by of­fer­ing a sim­ple, no-hag­gle buy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and by en­gag­ing with po­ten­tial cus­tomers in mean­ing­ful and cre­ative ways. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.

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