The Scion brand is finished, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still be able to get your hands on their cars. The brand’s demise was announced back in February, but several models will live on in 2017 with new names as part of the Toyota lineup.
The Scion FR-S will be the Toyota 86. This is the same name it goes by in Asia, South America, and Australia so this simplifies branding for the peppy, two-door coupe.
According to AutomotiveNews, Toyota vice president Bill Fay said, “When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86.”
It could be just us, but it seems like a car called 86 is some kind of weird flashback to the 1980s. It should look like something out of Miami Vice and play only music with a heavy dose of synthesisers and electronic drums.
The FR-S gets more than a new name when it comes back as the Toyota 86 in 2017. The car is due for a mid-cycle update, which we’ll see at the New York Auto Show next week.
Its new look includes LED headlights and taillights and new front and rear bumpers. What’s not new are the engine and transmission, but it does get a power boost.
The Toyota 86 has 5 more horsepower and five more lb-ft of torque. This brings total output to 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. It should make an already fun car that much more enjoyable to drive.
The newly introduced Scion iA and Scion iM also receive new names as a part of the Toyota stable. The subcompact iA returns as the Toyota Yaris iA while the iM hatchback becomes the Corolla iM.
Toyota won’t be breaking out sales of the Corolla iM and Yaris iA separately from the rest of those models, but wrapping them together with the rest of the model lineup.
There’s one more Scion set to be a part of the Toyota family of cars. The new C-HR compact crossover will simply be rebranded as a Toyota with no name change. It goes on sale next year, but will officially be a 2018 model.
Scion may be dead and gone, but it will continue to live as Toyota. How long those newly branded vehicles will survive as a part of the Toyota lineup is another story.