3 Scion models to survive as Toyotas

The U.S.-market version of the Scion FR-S will become the Toyota 86.

Scion might be going away, but three of its models will get new life as Toyotas.

Starting in the 2017 model year, the Scion FR-S in the U.S. market will become the Toyota 86, as the two-door coupe is known in Asia, South America and Australia.

In addition to the new name, the 86 gets a light midlife update that will debut at the upcoming New York auto show: front and rear bumpers are new, as are the LED headlights and taillights. The engine and transmission carry over, but horsepower is up by 5 to 205 total, and torque rises by 5 pounds-feet to 156 pounds-feet total.

“When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86,” Toyota’s group vice president Bill Fay said last week in a statement.

Meanwhile, the subcompact iA sedan — built by Mazda — will be called the Toyota Yaris iA, and the compact iM hatchback will be known as the Corolla iM. They will also be 2017 model-year cars.

The name changes come in the wake of Toyota’s announcement in February that it would scuttle Scion after the 2016 model year.

Going forward, Toyota plans to report the sales volumes of the normal Corolla and Corolla iM together as a single unit, as it will for the Yaris and Yaris iA.

The upcoming C-HR compact crossover keeps its name when it goes on sale in the U.S. in 2017 as a 2018 model. Toyota plans to show the C-HR concept at the New York show, despite the fact that it revealed the production model for Europe last month in Geneva.

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