Scoop – 2011 Scion tC to get TRD version

September 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Japanese News, Latest Articles

American and Canadian buyers waiting for the October 2010 unveiling of the all new 2011 Scion tC may want to hold off a little longer as 7tune can confirm that a harder edged TRD version is due to also be released in 2011.

Toyota’s Chief Engineer, Masayuki Nagai and I spent a good deal of time discussing the new car at the very recent Toyota “WakuDoki” drive day, held at the world renowned Fuji Speedway complex for invited guests only; in that time confirming that Toyota are moving along with the development of the TRD version.

The car is scheduled to have revised bodywork, suspension, exhaust and handling characteristics and it is just as well because the base grade left a little to be desired. But at just over $18,000 USD, the base model comes across as a lot of car for the money and Nagai san explained that Toyota will be fully supporting the development of aftermarket parts and tuning accessories for the Scion and that the base grade was developed as a starting platform so as to offer customers the option to customize the car as they wished.

He expects sales of the 6 speed manual version for this particular car to jump from the current 30% it is at now to 40% and mentioned also that the Scion tC was just as popular in the showrooms for women as it is for men.

The Scion tC is still scheduled for release in October and is strictly being developed for the American and Canadian markets only.

Words: Adam Zillin

Photos: Adam Zillin

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  • Stingray

    Bah…Toyota should sell this in Europe too, as the Corolla Coupe, to go against sporty FWD cars like the Peugeot RCZ and VW Scirocco, because the FT-86 will be in a whole other league. Toyota needs all the street cred. it can get, and a car like this could help a lot.

  • Moby

    So what’s TRD USA going to do with this? Wack some wheels and an exhaust tip on? Maybe a TRD badged steering wheel? If it gets a supercharger like the Aussie TRD Aurion I’ll be very surprised.

  • @ Stingray:
    Full Agreement!
    Would be a great Successor of the Paseo/Cynos…

  • speedball3

    The tC will need quite a bit from TRD to improve on the current platform. It’s heavy, underpowered, and uninspiring. I’d want at least Civic Si or GTI levels of performance to even consider it. Otherwise, why bother?

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