Scion, Toyota youthful North American sub-brand, has introduced the second-generation Scion tC sports coupe. The new car is powered by a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-i, roller rocker arms and a Variable-induction Intake Manifold System. The result is 180 hp and 235 Nm, 19 bhp and 15 Nm more than the old 2.4.

Choose between new 6-speed transmissions (manual or auto with sequential shift) that increase efficiency over the old 5-speed manual/4-speed auto. The use of an electronic power steering (EPS) system also contributes to the improved fuel economy.

Handling is said to be better than before. The new tC sits on MacPherson strut front-suspension and a double-wishbone rear-suspension tuned for a “sporty ride that is both nimble and confident”. 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are wrapped in wider tyres while the disc brakes on all corners are larger than its predecessor’s.

The dashboard is no frills and driver focussed. It comes with a tilt-and-telescopic flat bottom steering wheel, driver “walk-through seat memory” function along with bucket seats. Standard kit also includes a 4.3-inch colour TFT screen Pioneer stereo with speaker components from the Lexus LX 570, ABS/EBD/BA, VSC and 8 airbags.

Toyota doesn’t really do sporty these days, so this Scion tC is rare, and for a small sporty coupe it seems to tick the right boxes on paper. Gallery after the jump.

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