• Nov 11, 2008
Carscoop is reporting that Toyota has finally confirmed what many have long suspected: The next Scion tC will be a variant of the upcoming Subaru-Toyota rear-wheel-drive coupe project. At a press conference back in April, Toyota CEO Katsuaki Watanabe had confirmed that his company was jointly developing a pair of rear-wheel-drive sports cars with Subaru. Each brand would get its own version of the car, which would each be powered by one of Subaru's boxer engines.
It looks like that powerplant will be around 2.0L in size and put out around 200 horsepower. Based on an all-new RWD platform, the affordable coupe should show up Stateside by the end of 2010, or possibly early 2011. That new tC will probably be joined by a version of the iQ minicar in Scion dealerships as well, also according to Carscoop's Toyota insiders. A reborn, rebadged Celica and a Smart-fighter could be a compelling pair for Toyota's youth brand. As always, we'll keep you posted.

[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, more ugly cars for stupid teens to keep on crashing.

      And now with a significantly less forgiving RWD drivetrain. Hah.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was pretty much dead-set on buying a Hyundai GenCoupe, but this new bit of news has me pretty excited. Looks like I'm going to have to wait a bit longer and see how the next-gen tC turns out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You are already falling prey to what I consider blind market perception. They are the same car and will be made in the same plant side by side with one another, supposedly in a plant owned and operated by Subaru. So unless they purposely come in and sabotage all the Subarus, there won't be any measurable difference in quality - but I know good and well people will BELIEVE the Toyota to be the better car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Was directed at tankd0g.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Call it whatever you want, light weight, rwd, LSD, and a torquey boxer engine and you have me as a customer overnight!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope the interior quality is more in line with the Toyota brand than the Scion brand. The st205 celica GT4 was my first dream car, hopefully the Subaru verion won't disappoint. Bringing back a RWD celica would be awesome too. This would be a tough choice to make, a RWD Scion or AWD Subaru. I can care less what it will look like on the outside.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Affordable RWD coupes are exactly what we need right now, don't care if it doesn't have 300hp, it's all about driving dynamics, 2010 can't be here soon enough!
      • 6 Years Ago

      Sell the Scion as RWD only and the Subaru version as AWD only.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHOOOOOO...This should be reall nice

      LOVE IT! now just make it look good.

      Go Toyota
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wish I used an inanimate car company to improve my own lame existence.

        /sarcasm
      • 6 Years Ago
      Styling: Anyone see the direct copy of this car's front end from the 2002-03 Nissan Se-r's!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're not the only one there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What it looks like I dont care. How much it weighs I'm not particularly interested, light is nice but ya know whatever. Just make it fun to drive. Only important thing is fun to drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd take the Subaru ANY day. I doubt I will ever drive a car with a Scion badge.

      If it's only the Scion tC here, I'm not interested. I hate Scion with a passion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        .....issues much? hate scion with a passion? did they kill your baby? lol

        I'll take the scion over a subaru ANYDAY...

        Subies have reliablity issues and the current scion is doing very well, plus if they give it the subie...it will end up looking like the ugly WRX...

        Scion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Currently on my third subie, previous LegGT and WRX have been autox'd, driven 100k+ miles, and sold with no issues. I currently own an 08 STI.

        The only Subies with reliability issues are the ones that have been misused and/or driven HARD. Like rev to 7k and drop the clutch hard (glass transmission FTL). These cars take a lot of abuse.

        tCs are disposable econoboxes. I've driven one. Don't even get me started on the manual transmission. Not bashing them outright, but trashing a subie's reliability while praising scion's quality seems a bit farfetched.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the next gen Celica in Japan will be a redesigned tC felxin 200hp NA. still a 200HP NA boxer doesn't leave much potential for performance upgrades. fail on engine choice, win for Hyundai
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