Toyota debuted the Scion at the 2004 NAIAS in with sales beginning in June 2004.
The Scion tC uses the chassis of the Avensis which is sold in the European market, and the Camry's 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4 engine. Its low price (base MSRP of US$17,000 for the 2008 model) is a major feature, as well as the pure pricing marketing style that Toyota has adopted.
The name tC does not fit in with its stablemates the xA, xB, and xD, because the name xC has already been taken by Volvo for its XC60, XC70 and XC90 models. According to Scion, tC stands for "Touring Coupe."
The Scion tC received a subtle makeover in 2008, with changed front and rear lights and enhancements to the interior. The grilles changed from a honeycomb style to a metal drill out style on top and a three line plastic bar style on bottom. In the interior the seats changed to an all black instead of a black with a slight blueish gray. Also the L.E.D's changed to a brighter orange color
Specifications (2009 model)
- Engine: 2.7 L Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT-i, compression ratio of 9.8:1.
- Power: 173 hp (130 kW) @ 6,000 rpm / 200 hp with TRD Supercharger
- Torque: 168 ft·lbf (220 N·m) @ 4,000 rpm / 185 ft·lbf with TRD Supercharger
- Transmission: Standard 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
- Highway fuel economy/consumption: 25-30 mi/U.S. gal (8.1 L/100 km) (automatic); 28-32 mi/U.S. gal (7.8 L/100 km) (manual)
- City fuel economy/consumption: 23-28 mi/U.S. gal (10.7 L/100 km) (automatic); 24-29 mi/U.S. gal (10.7 L/100 km) (manual)
- Fuel tank: 14.5USgal (55L; 12imp gal)
- Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system
- Curb weight: 2,970 lb (1,347 kg) (automatic); 2,905 lb (1,318 kg) (manual)
- Displacement: 2382 cc