Toyota revealed the 2017 Toyota 86 during the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Formerly known as the Scion FR-S, the powertrain and suspension have been upgraded with changes being made on the exterior and interior.
Aside from the Toyota 86, two additional Scion vehicles will also have name changes for 2017. These are the Toyota Corolla iM and the Toyota Yaris iA, part of the company’s small car product line.
Sales of the Toyota 86 are expected to begin this fall at official Toyota dealerships. With the shift to Toyota, the 86 now has a more aggressive style like the large center intake that highlights the car’s wide and low stance.
The front has been redesigned with the revised bumper and the reconfigured turn signals and LED front headlamps. The rear portion meanwhile has a new design for its bumper and has the sports LED tail lamps.
86 logo has been integrated both inside the front headlamps and the badge located on its front fender. The alloy wheels meanwhile carry the twisted spoke design.
For the interior, the “Grandlux” material on its instrument panel surround carries the 86 logo. The use of this same material on the door trim gives it a soft feel. The seating material will also be a treat for the drivers especially with the solver stitching.
Its audio controls meanwhile have been placed in the steering wheel while the center hub also sports the 86 logo. The spring rate was changed while the shock tuning was revised, resulting in improved agility and control.
For the version that has the manual transmission, extra performance is achieved through a gear ratio change with a 5-horsepower boost to 205 hp and higher torque to 156 lb.-ft. Helping prevent the car from rolling down especially on steep hills is the Hill Start Assist Control.
The 2017 Toyota 86 will be driven by Ryan Tuerck and Ken Gushi at the Formula Drift. These two drivers and Series Champion Frederic Aasbo, will be tasked with defending the SR of the Toyota race team during the 2015 Manufacturers’ Championship.
However during the New York auto show, the Toyota 86 will be displayed alongside the Toyota C-HR Concept. The company disclosed that the C-HR’s production version will be displayed later in the year and is expected to go on sale during the spring of 2017 as a 2018 model.
According to Fay, the company is excited to display the C-HR Concept as part of Toyota as it will be including this model in its production line-up for 2017. Fay added that the substance and style of the C-HR’s production version will ensure that it will make a mark in the hottest segment of the auto industry.
The C-HR Concept stands for Compact size and High Ride height. It has four doors and has a hatch that offers the best functionality, making it the best vehicle for “yuccies.” These are the young urban creatives who have inspired how the C-HR was designed.
While the design of the C-HR is indeed appealing, underneath it all is a platform that displays Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). The TNGA is an integrated and innovative method when it comes to the development of powertrains and platforms for Toyota.
This approach has resulted in having increased body rigidity and a lower center of gravity, giving it better ride comfort and a more responsive handling. Additional information on the C-HR’s technical specifications will be available later this year once the production version is launched.