2017 Toyota 86 Facelift 6

The 2017 Toyota 86 facelift has finally been unveiled, and will make its debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show soon. It’s quite a major update, this, featuring exterior and interior changes, along with engine and suspension upgrades.

On the front, it takes on a more fluid, aggressive styling with new headlamp graphics and a heavily reshaped bumper. The 86 logo now appears on the front fenders (no longer on the side vents) and there are new LED headlights. A more angular rear bumper, LED taillights and new-design wheels complete the visual makeover.

Inside, changes are limited to a new steering wheel (now with audio controls), soft-touch “Grandlux” material on the instrument panel surround and door cards and contrasting silver stitching on the seats. The original wheel looks like this.

What’s even more interesting, perhaps, can’t be seen in photos. “Enhanced control and agile performance” is promised though revised spring and dampers, while the manual version (with revised ratios) gets more power and torque. Outputs are now rated at 205 hp and 214 Nm, compared to the current 200 hp and 205 Nm. A Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) feature is also new.

In the US, the new model will replace the Scion FR-S, as the spin-off brand is put to rest. Meanwhile, the Scion iM and iA models will soon be rebranded as the Toyota Corolla iM and Yaris iA over there.

So, what do you think of 2017 Toyota 86 facelift? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.