Scion’s death rattle is getting louder with every passing day, and it is now just months from its official execution. In fact, Toyota has already announced the new names of the three Scion models it will absorb—the FR-S, iA, and iM. Today, ahead of the New York Auto Show, Scion has announced its final new vehicle in the form of the 2016 tC Release Series 10.0.
Fortunately, this modified tC will be a bit more comprehensive of an upgrade than previous Release Series models. It will roll into New York boasting a Barcelona Red exterior hue with a body kit designed by Kei Miura. The latter includes a front lip spoiler, custom rocker panels, a rear lower spoiler, and a trunk-lid spoiler. To add a little contrast to the popping-red paint, Scion will add in blacked-out badges and a set of gloss-black wheels.
Inside, buyers will be received by sports seat inserts and red contrast stitching. The red stitching carries over from the seats to the shifter boot, the parking brake cover, and up to the steering wheel. Exclusive floor mats, a set of red seatbelts, and a sequentially numbered Release Series badge polish off the interior mods.
On top of the visual changes, Scion is also adding some mechanical mods. These include TRD lowering springs, and a TRD performance dual-exhaust system. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed sequential automatic to pair with the 179-horsepower 2.5-liter engine.
The 2016 tC Release Series 10.0 will start from $23,190 with the manual or $24,430 with the auto transmission, and only 1,200 examples will be available.
There, I made it through the entire story without a single, damn “Scion-ara” reference… Aren’t you proud?