What is it? The second-generation Scion tC coupe evolves from the outgoing model, with an updated appearance, increased power, and more passenger space.
The engine is a 180-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Despite bumping output by 19 horsepower, Scion claims fuel economy will also improve, though no figures have been released.
The cabin length has been stretched to increase space, with rear comfort aided by reclining split seatbacks. Despite what the roofline might suggest, rear head room is stil limited.
An eight-speaker stereo is standard, with steering wheel controls. A large moonroof is also standard equipment.
What's new or notable? The new tC increases its safety equipment roster, potentially addressing an important shortcoming with the outgoing model. The six-year-old tC does not meet Consumer Reports requirements to be recommended due to the lack of stability control and its IIHS crash test performance. The 2011 tC will come with ABS, stability control, active headrests, and eight air bags.
When will it be available? Fall 2010.