Vehicle Details: The 2011 Scion tC Technology
Making its debut for 2011, the second-generation Scion tC gets a new platform, a bold new look, increased performance, advanced new technology and more comfort and versatility to help keep the two-door coupe at the top in the compact car market.
Major technological differences can be found in the 2011 Scion tC (MSRP $18,995) engine compartment, starting with an all-new 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Output rises to 180 hp, an increase of 19 hp, thanks to an innovative intake manifold that incorporates variable-length air intakes and dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). The latter manages to add extra horsepower and an additional 11 lb/ft of torque to the Scion tC’s stats while also helping to increase fuel economy. In fact, the new vehicle’s 31 mpg rating is an improvement over that of the 2010 model.
Other aspects of the tC’s performance have also been technologically enhanced including a sport-tuned exhaust system built of lightweight materials and two new transmissions: A six-speed manual and an available six-speed sequential-shift automatic. A specially tuned MacPherson-strut front/double-wishbone rear suspension rides lower than last year and combines with larger, 18-inch alloy wheels and wider tires to improve handling and give the tC a wider stance. The tC’s new electronic power steering is tuned for added precision and enhanced driver confidence. In addition, the tC features larger, 16-inch disc brakes at all four corners.
Inside the 2011 Scion tC, drivers will encounter more technology on display. A new driver walk-through seat memory feature for the front seat and backrest makes passenger entry easier without having to reset the backrest position, along with a vehicle information display that includes trip meters, temperature readings, MPG statistics and for automatic transmission-equipped models, an
The Alpine Premium entertainment unit can be further upgraded with an available plug-in navigation system, which displays traditional and 3-D maps, as well as offering voice guidance in three different languages. Scion’s navigation system integrates perfectly into the Alpine Premium head unit. An alternative navigation system is also available for buyers who select the standard Pioneer audio system. Featuring a seven-inch LCD touchscreen, as well as HD radio with an HD Tagging feature, this dual-pronged approach to in-car navigation offers drivers technology options that are rarely seen in a compact coupe of this price.
The 2011 Scion tC is a fantastic sports coupe and technological force. The two-door tC remains on the cusp of high-tech features and conveniences in a very competitive slice of the American automotive market.
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