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Scion tC - brief history of the model

26 September 2019

Scion tC sedan
IFCAR [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Scion tC comes from the already defunct Toyota's sub-brand - Scion. The tC model has a short lifespan. It was first introduced in 2004 (with 2005 stated as a model year) and was manufactured until 2016. Its car range expanded over 2 generations - ANT10 and AGT20. Scion tC falls in the compact car category. As a body type, it is a 3-door liftback with a front-positioned engine and FWD system.

The car's "tC" abbreviation comes from "touring coupe."

The first generation of Scion tC marks the period between 2004 and 2007. During that period, the cars came equipped with a 2.4 i 16V (161 hp) engines, paired with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.

The generation debuted at the beginning of 2004, with 2005 marked as an official production year of the vehicles. Part of the standard equipment is the keyless entry, 17-inch alloys, and mirror-mounted turn signal lights.

This particular generation was not available in the territory of Canada.

Scion tC sedan closer view
IFCAR [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Summed up, the most prominent technical specs details that characterize the first tC generation are the used 2.4 l DOHC engine with 161 hp; the acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds; fuel tank capacity of 55 l; kerb vehicle weight of 1,355 kg (2,987 lb) for the automatic and 1,315/1,317 kg (2,905 lb) for the manual. The dimensions are as follow: 2,700 mm (106.3 in) wheelbase, 4,420 mm (174.0 in) of length, 1,755 mm (69.1 in) of width and 1,415 mm (55.7 in) of height. 

Later on, Scion released a facelift of the 1st gen. The front grille, headlights, and taillights were updated. The engined used was a 2.4 (163 hp) l.

The second generation, AGT20, was released in between 2010 and 2016. Under the bonnet of the cars a 2.5 l with 182 hp or 179 hp (for the facelifted versions of 2013-2016) were implemented. The 2010-2013 tC II offers the customers a combination of three doors and five seats, while its 2013 facelift (from the period between 2013-2016) has 2 doors with 5 seats, plus a performance-oriented electric power steering.

Rear view of Scion tC sedan
Michael Gil from Calgary, AB, Canada [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Other visual fresh details are there new head and taillights, as well as the front grille that enhances the tC's sportier and angular overall feeling. The wheels' size also has significantly increased to 18-in. Two options for transmission are offered - manual or automatic 6-speed one. Other important technical details, part of the specs sheet, are the vehicle's dimensions. The second generation sports a wheelbase of 2,700 mm (106.3 in), a width of 1,796 mm (70.7 in) and a height of 1,415 mm (55.7 in). The kerb weight of the cars varies, depending on the transmission implemented. The automatic transmission adds few extra kilos so the kerb weight of the tC is 1,433 kg (or 3,160 lb). With the manual transmission, the car's kerb weight is 1,402 kg (3,090 lb).

Due to low sales numbers, Scion's line was discontinued and the brand went into history.