When Toyota announced it was closing up experimental brand Scion and moving three models—the iA, iM, and FR-S—to its Toyota lineup, there was a bit of mystery to what names these models would carry as Toyotas. Today, as expected, Toyota has announced that these models will move to more brand-friendly names.
The most obvious name change is the FR-S as it will adopt the model’s global name and become the 2017 Toyota 86. With this change in name also come a few mechanical and aesthetic modifications. The visual changes include a larger center air inlet, reworked LED headlights, new front and rear bumpers, LED taillights, new wheels, a new Grandlux material on the instrument panel surround and door panels, and new seat material with contrast stitching.
On the mechanical side of things, the new Toyota 86 will get updated shocks, a modified spring rate, and manual-equipped versions of the 86 will get retuned gear ratios and an increase in power to 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque.
The other two models moving from Scion to Toyota will also get new, Toyota-friendly names, but they will be otherwise unchanged. The renaming strategy is pretty straightforward with these two as the iM becomes the Corolla iM and iA becomes the Yaris iA. Simple enough, right?
The C-HR, which was still a concept before the announcement of Scion’s death, will come to the Toyota lineup with no name change. Toyota says to be on the lookout for the production model to hit showroom floors in the spring of 2017.
We’ll bring you more info as it becomes available.