2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Scion tC

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Launched in 2004, the tC quickly became Scion’s top-selling model and brought in a new generation of younger car buyers to the brand. Six years later, the second-generation tC emerges with an aggressive new look, increased driving performance, and a more premium feel.

The car is fitted with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 180 horsepower, 19 horsepower more than the outgoing model. Peak torque is also up 11 pound-feet in the new 2011 model. In addition to increases in power, the new engine delivers an increase in fuel economy all while lowering emissions.

Two different transmissions available, a standard six-speed manual or a new six-speed automatic with sequential-shift.

Residing under the new sheet metal is a brand new platform with a MacPherson strut front-suspension and a double-wishbone rear-suspension that rides lower than the previous model. Other performance aspects include 18 inch alloy wheels with 16 inch disc brakes all ‘round.

Inside, there’s a three-spoke steering wheel that features a flat bottom, bucket seats and 60/40 split rear seats. A panoramic moonroof remains standard on the 2011 Scion tC.


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Comments (5)
  1. Not cute.
    The interior is so 90s, especially w/ the patters on the fabric.

  2. I wonder if the sunroof actually opens more than the previous tC's...opened about 3 inches...pointless even having one

  3. Wow, the previous Tc looked good to me, but this.... this is awful. Really, really weird proportions. I was hoping Toyota would use the FT-86 as the basis for the next Tc. I was wrong, unfortunately.

  4. I honestly don't see what everyone thinks is so bad about the new tC. Change happens, and just like most other things, people will come to accept it. To me it looks like they tried to design it to have a more masculine look, with the upswept line at the C pillar. Perhaps to appeal to men more, instead of looking like a total chic mobile. I think the front looks great, the tail lights will take some getting used to for me though.

  5. -"Other performance aspects include 18 inch alloy wheels with 16 inch disc brakes all ‘round."
    I also just noticed that the article claims that the new tC will have 16" disc brakes all around.. Is it just me, or does that seems like a typo? There are maybe only a handful of super exotics with discs that big...

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