For the first six years of its life, the Scion tC remained unchanged, but for 2011, the car gets new lease on life. The 2011 tC sport coupe will start at $18,995, including a $720 destination and handling fee.
Scion's 2011 tC is significantly upgraded, and is accompanied by a price increase of $1175 over the 2010 model, up from $17,820 to $18,995. The increase nets an all-new powertrain, as well as updated interior and exterior styling. A more powerful 2.5-liter I-4, which puts out 180 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque, offers increases of 19 horsepower and 11 pound-feet over the outgoing 2.4-liter I-4. The tC's old five-speed manual and four-speed automatics have been replaced with six-speed transmissions, but the automatic option will cost $200 more than last year's $800. According to Toyota, the powertrain updates will yield an increase in fuel economy to 23/31 mpg (city/highway).
The exterior of the new tC is bolder than the outgoing model. It features styling cues taken from the 2007 Scion Fuse concept including the headlights and blacked-out A-pillars. Flared wheel arches and C-pillar kinks also help to toughen the new tC's look. Larger 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels come standard, and better fill the wheel wells.
Inside the car, customers get a new flat-bottom, three-spoke steering wheel, and more aggressively bolstered front seats with standard memory presets. The revised tC also sports a new instrument panel with a three-dimensional-looking gauge cluster and fuel economy display, as well as a new center console. The standard audio system has been upgraded to a 300-watt, eight-speaker setup with iPod connectivity, and an Alpine head unit with a 4.3-inch touch-screen display is optional, as is navigation.
Look for the 2011 Scion tC to hit dealerships October 1.