Scion announces pricing for 2012 tc, xB and special edition tC RS 7.0

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 28, 2011

The pricing information for Scion’s 2012 xB, tC, and special-edition tC RS 7.0 has been announced. The 2012 model year models are being offered with a new set of standard equipment. The boxy xB will be getting a new Pioneer audio system with Bluetooth and HD radio capabilities as well as USB and auxiliary audio inputs.

A 200-watt Pioneer audio system is available as an option, featuring a touch-screen interface, Pandora internet radio, and iTunes song tagging.

The 2012 Scion xB has a starting price of $17,020 (inclusive of a $720 destination charge) with a five-speed manual transmission. But when equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, the starting price is $17,970.

These prices are higher by $300 compared to the 2011 models. The Scion tC is offered with the same Pioneer audio system as standard. Its price was also increased by $300. The 2012 Scion tC with a six-speed manual transmission is priced at $19,295 (including destination costs).

But when equipped with a six-speed automatic, it’s priced at $$20,295. In addition, Scion announced pricing for the new, special-edition tC RS 7.0. This car is certainly striking with its High Voltage yellow paint, a set of black 18-inch wheels, fresh body parts, and black-and-yellow seats.

Only 2,200 units will be produced of this model. When featured with a six-speed manual, the price is at $21,625 (including destination charges. But with a six-speed automatic, it’s priced at $22,625. Scion dealerships will be getting the 2012 xB and tC in July.

The all-new 2011 Scion tC sports coupe comes with new styling and improved performance, as well as technologies that would surely cater to the wants of its sports coupe drivers. For 2011, Scion tC sports coupe offers more power yet better efficiency as well as excellent driving dynamics complemented by more safety features. Jack Hollis, vice president of Scion, quipped that the styling of the new Scion tC is both refined and aggressive, created to charm sports coupe owners wanting to make a bold statement. He noted that when Scion first introduced the Scion tC in 2004, the sports coupe quickly became the brand’s best-selling offering.

Now, the second-generation Scion is adding more enhancement and refinements to the tC, but it still sells at a price that offers great value. Power of the 2011 Scion tC sports coupe is derived from a new 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that develops 19 more horsepower than its predecessor (now at 180 hp max), and 11 more lbs.-ft of torque. This engine is laden with the latest in efficient, lightweight technology, including roller rocker arms and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). It also features a Variable-induction Intake Manifold System that could change the length of the air-intake pipe to provide more torque as demanded.

The boost in engine’s performance is thanks to a new intake-manifold design as well as a sport-tuned lightweight exhaust system. Customers may choose from any of the available transmissions for their new Scion tC: a six-speed manual (direct and precise shifting) and a six-speed automatic gearboxes (sequential shifting). Both transmissions boast of contributing to the car’s already excellent fuel economy and quick acceleration.

Efficiency is further enhanced with the addition of an electronic power-steering system on the new Scion tC. The latest version of the Scion tC rides on a MacPherson strut suspension on the front and a double-wishbone suspension at rear. It also rides on larger 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in wider tires, which lend the sports car a broader stance as well as elevated handling attributes. Stopping and deceleration are managed by larger disc brakes on all corners of the Scion tC.

On the other hand, the design of the new Scion tC is inspired by the Calty-designed Scion FUSE concept, enabling it to convey a bolder and more imposing stance. Since the Scion FUSE concept draws inspiration from the athletic appearance of a racing helmet, the new Scion tC features a sleek cabin shape with wrap-around window graphics.

Its front end is defined by a sleek front grille, projector headlamps and protruding fender flares. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by muscular rear fenders and rear taillights which bear a shape that flows into the overall form of the tC’s trunk. Customers could choose to have their new Scion tC finished in any of the seven available colors: Black, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Cement, Nautical Blue Metallic, Silver Streak Mica, Sizzling Crimson Mica and Super White.

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