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New for 2011-Scion

New for 2011-Scion

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010

Scion introduces its redesigned tC

An all-new subcompact model, called the iQ, is just around the corner

New for 2011-ScionHistory
Scion, a Japanese brand, is a division of Toyota Motor Corporation. The brand was launched in 2002 as the automaker made changes to its product lineup in order to capture a larger share of younger buyers. Unlike the automaker's Toyota or Lexus brands, both marketed and sold through traditional methods, Scion took a different approach.

Consumers were targeted through non-traditional marketing. In addition, each automotive model would have just one standard trim level (but there would be a long list of available accessories for customers to personalize their vehicles). Lastly, Scion models would be sold with a fixed price.

The new company's first models were the xA hatchback and xB sport wagon, launched for the 2004 model year. The Scion model lineup now includes a full range of compact cars, each designed with a youthful flair. The company continues to market to college-aged buyers. Recently, the automaker added two-year free scheduled maintenance ("Scion Service Boost") on all new Scion models.

Today, Scion manufactures a range of passenger automobiles and small crossovers. These include 3-door hatchbacks, 4-door sedans, and small crossovers with up to 5-passenger seating capacities. All models are front-wheel drive with gasoline powerplants. Scion vehicles are manufactured in Japan and sold around the world.

2011 Scion Models at a Glance

  • iQ - All-new for 2011
  • t - All-new for 2011
  • xB - Minor upgrades
  • xD - Minor upgrades

2011 iQ

2011 Scion iQ

The Scion iQ is a subcompact hatchback. It is an all-new vehicle to the North American market, but it has been on sale in Europe since late 2008 as the Toyota iQ. Designed in France, the Scion iQ is considered a microcar due to its diminutive stature. The iQ is designed for 4-passenger accommodations-technically, three adults and a child.

According to Toyota, the "iQ" nomenclature has a meaning: The "i" refers to "individuality" "innovation" and "intelligence", while the "Q" stands for "quality" and the hatchback's "cubic" shape. The 2011 Scion iQ was designed to maximize space and fuel economy. The windshield is pushed far forward (to allow the largest possible cabin), the fuel tank is flat, and the shock absorbers are mounted at an angle-both designs limit chassis intrusion into the cabin. Even the heater and air conditioner have been miniaturized, again to maximize passenger space.

With a curb weight of less than 2,000 pounds (most passenger cars are around 3,500 pounds these days), the 1.3-liter engine should be more than sufficient to move the iQ and deliver on its goal of high fuel economy. To address concerns about safety in such a small vehicle, the iQ is fitted with a long list of standard safety features, including stability control, traction control, and 10 air bags-including the industry's first rear window airbag. While the all-new Scion iQ was set to arrive in dealerships in early 2011, the automaker has pushed that back to mid-year.


  • All-new for 2011
  • One trim levels: Scion iQ
  • Standard 1.3 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at an estimated 90 horsepower
  • Standard continuously-variable automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 4-passenger seating

2011 tC

2011 Scion tC

The Scion tC is a compact two-door coupe that was launched for the 2005 model year. Many consider the first-generation tC a replacement for the Toyota Celica - that popular model was discontinued the same time the tC was introduced. According to Scion, the "tC" stands for "Touring Coupe" as the compact vehicle was designed to be fun-to-drive, yet frugal with fuel.

To deliver the necessary handling, the tC featured sport-tuned MacPherson strut suspension up front and double-wishbone suspension in the rear. All models of the first-generation tC shared the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder powerplant sending power to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Completely-redesigned for 2011 is the second-generation Scion tC. It arrives with a more aggressive appearance, increased driving performance, and an upscale feel, says Scion. Under the hood is a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (borrowed from the Toyota Camry). Fitted with Toyota's dual VVT-i valve system, the powerplant is rated at 180 horsepower (up 19 horsepower from its predecessor) with an additional 11 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is equipped with a unique intake manifold system and a sport-tuned exhaust to deliver an aggressive engine and exhaust note.

According to Scion, the new 2.5-liter engine not only delivers more power, but it earns higher fuel economy while lowering overall emissions. The Scion's new platform continues to offer MacPherson strut suspension up front and double-wishbone suspension in the rear, but it has been calibrated to ride lower than the previous model to improve handling. The wheels are larger (18-inch alloys), with wider tires that also contribute to improved handling. The disc brakes have been increased in size, and there is a new performance-tuned electronic power-assisted steering system.


  • All-new for 2011
  • One trim levels: Scion iQ
  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 180 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 xB

2011 Scion xB

The Scion xB is a 5-door compact hatchback. Sometimes affectionately known as the automaker's "party in a box," the xB was first introduced for the 2004 model year. Just four years later in 2008, Scion introduced an all-new second-generation model. Unlike its very boxy predecessor, the replacement featured a more rounded design and its physical stature had grown by a foot in length and three inches in width. In addition, the new model arrived with a more powerful standard engine, it rode on a new platform with larger wheels and brakes, and it featured a new interior with an upgraded audio system - nevertheless, its iconic shape was still instantly recognizable.

As has nearly always been the case, Scion only offers the xB as one model-all share the same four-cylinder engine. Mechanical choices are limited to a 5-speed manual, or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include power steering, windows, door locks, and mirrors. Air conditioning and remote keyless entry are also standard.

Scion encourages personalization and customization on all of its models, therefore a long list of factory and dealer-installed accessories is available. Audio upgrades include a subwoofer for the audio system, Sirius Satellite Radio, or XM Satellite radio. A Scion navigation system is optional. Interior options include lighting kits, storage consoles, shift knobs, and sport pedals.

To customize the exterior, an assortment of wheels, carbon fiber trim packages, fog lamps, and lighting upgrades are available. While mechanically the 2011 Scion xB is a carryover, the automaker has made minor updates to the front and rear bumpers, grille, and taillights. The driver and front passenger seats are upgraded, there is a new center console (with sliding armrest), and a new standard tilt-and-telescope steering wheel. Lastly, there are also new exterior colors.


  • Minor changes for 2011
  • One trim levels: Scion xB
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 158 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Redesigned front and rear fascia
  • NEW Redesigned grille, headlights, and taillight design
  • NEW Driver and front passenger seat upgraded
  • NEW New center console with sliding arm rest
  • NEW Exterior colors: Elusive Blue Metallic and Army Rock Metallic (Hypnotic Teal has been discontinued)

2011 xD

2011 Scion xD

The Scion xD is a 5-door "urban subcompact" hatchback that was first introduced in 2008. The easiest way to describe the xD is to think of it as a 5-door version of the Toyota Yaris, but with a larger and more powerful engine. The Scion xD is also more spacious, with a more refined interior, and with a longer list of standard features.

Standard convenience items include power door locks, power mirrors, and power windows with one-touch auto down on driver's side. The second row seats are standard 60/40-split folding and reclining, and occupants are kept comfortable by standard air conditioning, front sport bucket seats, and tilt steering wheel with audio controls.

The standard powerplant in the Scion xD is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder aluminum engine. Horsepower is rated at 128, with a torque rating of 125 lb.-ft. The front-wheel-drive hatchback is offered with a choice between a 5-speed manual, or a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

As is the case with all Scion models, customizing the xD is expected. Audio upgrades include both Sirius and XM Satellite radio, a Pioneer Premium audio option, and an optional Scion Navigation system. Interior upgrades add cargo utility, cabin illumination options, and sport shift knobs and pedals. Exterior enhancements may be added as exhaust tips, alloy wheels, LED rear tail lights, or through an assortment of wheel covers. Scion has made only minor changes to the xD for 2011. These include minor revisions to the front fascia, recalibrated suspension, and a redesigned rear spoiler. There are also enhancements within the cabin, and a new exterior color.


  • Minor changes for 2011
  • One trim levels: Scion xD
  • Standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 128 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Redesigned front grille
  • NEW Redesigned rear spoiler
  • NEW Recalibrated springs to improve handling
  • NEW Metallic trim on instrument cluster, door panels, and steering wheel
  • NEW Exterior color: Amazon Green Metallic

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