The 2011 tC is built on a new platform and features a specially tuned MacPherson strut front-suspension and a double-wishbone rear-suspension. Under the hood there is a new 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 180 hp (19hp and 11lbs.-ft. or torque more than the previous model) coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission with improved shift-feel or a six-speed automatic with two additional gears and sequential shift.

The exterior design gets protruding fender flares, a sleek front grille, and projector headlamps, while the modified cabin’s shape is inspired by the Scion FUSE concept unveiled back in 2006. Passengers can now relax comfortably in the elongated cabin with reclining rear seat that split 60/40.

The new Scion tC also arrives with key safety features such as standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), active front-headrests, and eight airbags.

UPDATE 08/06/2010: Scion has announced prices for the 2011 Scion tC sports coupe. You can purchase the tC with a manual transmission for only $18,275 or with an automatic transmission for $19,275. Both also carry a $720 destination and handling charge.

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Launched in 2004, the tC quickly became Scion’s top-selling vehicle, at the same time attracting the youngest buyer in the entire industry. Six years later, the second-generation tC emerges with an aggressive new look, increased driving performance, and a more premium feel.
Enhanced performance is accomplished in the second-generation tC with an all-new 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with dual VVT-i that generates 180 horsepower, 19 more than the previous model, and 11 additional lbs.-ft of torque. In addition to increases in power, the new engine delivers an increase in fuel economy all while lowering emissions. Performance is further improved and heard through a new intake manifold design and a sport-tuned exhaust system that delivers a bold and aggressive sound.

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The tC features two all-new transmissions: the six-speed manual transmission has improved shift-feel and adds to the car’s already fun-to-drive character, and a new six-speed automatic gains two gears along with sequential-shift.
The 2011 tC enters its second-generation riding on a new platform, including a specially tuned MacPherson strut front-suspension and a double-wishbone rear-suspension that rides lower than the previous model. Larger 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are wrapped in wider tires, giving the tC a broader stance and elevated handling characteristics. The new model also comes standard with larger 16-inch disc brakes on all corners. A new performance-tuned electronic power-steering system provides the driver a confident feel that is more in-tune with the road. The elements brought together in the new chassis result in a premium performance that expands the tC into a new dimension of driving enjoyment.

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The all-new design of the 2011 tC projects a bolder and more aggressive stance. Important design cues like the helmet-inspired cabin shape were adopted from the Calty-designed Scion FUSE concept, which was unveiled at the 2006 New York Auto Show. The protruding fender flares amplify its wider, lower stance and are aggressively complemented by a sleek front grille and projector headlamps. The shape of the rear taillights flow cleanly into the overall shape of the trunk.
Inside, a driver-focused cockpit starts with a sporty new three-spoke steering wheel that features a flat bottom and a new shape that offers a confident grip. Front seats feature robust bolsters that provide secure positioning while still offering spaciousness and comfort. The instrument-panel, gauge cluster and center-console all face inward in a V-shape, making controls easily accessible.

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Overall, the cabin has been lengthened for a more comfortable passenger experience with increased versatility. Utility is enhanced with reclining rear seats that split 60/40, providing more storage capacity. The panoramic moonroof remains standard in the new tC.
The new tC comes standard with an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system that features eight speakers. As with all Scion models, steering-wheel-mounted controls allow the driver to easily navigate through all of their music.
The new tC is also reinforced with key safety features and is expected to achieve top safety ratings. In addition to standard Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), the new tC also gains standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Active front-headrests and eight airbags are also standard, including both driver and front-passenger knee airbags.

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  (526) posted on 11.10.2011

Scion tC seems a very satisfying car! smiley Well, in spite of having only a simple detailing and common styling, I would still prefer to have it than to the other overdressed car.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

I just simply love the interior of this Scion TC. It looks very classy and very comfortable, which I really love the most in a sedan car. Well, I must also say that it’s already looking so awesome on its aesthetic design.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

Scion TC is still very striking for me, in spite of having only a simple design and detailing. Well, the sleek body paint that they use on it, is only gives the classy appearance for this one, and I am glad either that it had an impressive interior.

  (530) posted on 10.28.2011

Scion TC is absolutely so attractive in its simplicity and I noticed that the body paint on this one, only adds more appeal on it and emphasized the beauty that it had. Anyway, I hope that the engine of it, is quite good enough for this kind of car.

  (1211) posted on 02.17.2011

It appears that the Nissan Juke has been vindicated... and the Scion has lost it brand direction faster than any other car yet marketed.

  (401) posted on 02.17.2011

Do I need to keep listing options that are not only more attractive looking visually but offer more appealing features for the money?? Epic fail on scion here with a price segment this competitive you really have to set yourself apart from a big big big crowd. Toyota needs to either pull out of the segment with this crap or make some innovative products.

  (815) posted on 11.3.2010

Just a little customization and then it looks like the Etan or the Lamborghini Murcielago

  (392) posted on 10.7.2010

I think had this car came out in the mid 90’s it would have been received a lot better, the style is just dated . I can see Toyota try to make it more sport, in a strange way it looks a bit muscular but the roof line just gives it a 2004 Hyundai accent look and that car was not the best looker out there!

  (210) posted on 09.30.2010

The top half is boxy, the bottom half is rounded... you can’t have both, it just looks awkward. I don’t know what they were thinking at all. All the comments seem to indicate that everyone hates it.

  (158) posted on 09.28.2010

The Fuse concept was pretty ugly, but this just takes the whole thing to a new level of fail. It’s like they took the back end of that concept and slapped the old tC face on it. Kinda like if you took some baseball player dude’s body and slapped some average looking chick’s face on it.

  (939) posted on 08.12.2010

I saw a good article about this one, just upgrade it and you’ll get a 1100hp, faster than a 1000hp Bugatti Veyron.

  (1022) posted on 08.9.2010

Like others have said, why not just pick up a 305 hp V6 Mustang for $22k? Or a Genesis Coupe if for some reason you want something Asian. How about a $15k Civic coupe, with better fuel economy and less weight = same performance?

  (321) posted on 08.8.2010

the front looks a little bit too much though. maybe just a tiny bit smaller n its all good.

  (5) posted on 08.8.2010

i like it ...its roomy

  (23) posted on 08.7.2010

this car looks ten years old .the dashbaord look like it came out of a 15 year old car was toyota/scion thinking. gawd this thing is awful

  (80) posted on 08.6.2010

Correct me if you can prove me wrong, but i believe the Scion tC is build on the same platform as the Avensis, not the Corolla. Now put a damn turbo on that thing, then you can talk about a replacement for the Celica.

  (504) posted on 04.6.2010

I agree with Jackson_white, this is just an enhanced toyota corolla and meet the higher standards of it.

  (666) posted on 04.6.2010

Well the scion tc is just an upgraded version to toyota corolla. And added some more safety features like the 8SRS Airbags.

  (23) posted on 04.4.2010

needs to be RWD!!! smiley

  (868) posted on 03.31.2010

Well it’s about darn time. The first generation tC was outdated when it first came out; it’s ridiculous that Toyota’s let it go for this long. I’m not too crazy about the new exterior styling, but the new center console, new 6-speed manual relpacing the ancient 5-speed that’s been in use for longer than I can remember and a 20 bhp increase make this new second generation welcome enough by me. I don’t want to jump to conclusions but I think we may finally have a worthy replacement for the MKVII Celica in the FWD sports coupe market.

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