Toyota said yesterday that three Scion models will join its lineup as the junior Toyota brand disappears. The FR-S, shown here at the Tokyo Auto Show, will become the Toyota 86. The Toyota 86 is the nameplate by which the two-door is sold elsewhere.
When Toyota announced plans last month to deep six its Scion subsidiary, it also announced that several models slated for the junior Toyota brand were to join the parent company. Toyota scuttled the Scion brand as of the end of the 2016 model year. The automaker made the decision as the multi-year sales drop for the nameplate continued. On the eve of the influential New York Auto Show – the last major auto show of the year – Toyota announced its revamped model lineup.
The two-door Scion FR-S will take on the name by which it is known in other markets, the Toyota 86. The nameplate is used in Asia, Australia and South America. “When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota, we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars,” Bill Fay, Toyota’s group vice president, said Thursday. However, the automaker said, “by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86.”
Along with the new name, the 86 has been given a once-over. The freshened model will debut at the New York show. The update includes new front and rear bumpers; LED headlights and taillights, some engine tweaking that has raised the horsepower output to 205 and the torque to 156 pounds-feet. Both increases are five pounds.
In addition to the 86 model, the Mazda-built iA will be rechristened the Yaris iA, while the iM hatch will join the Corolla line as the Corolla iM. The vehicles are slated for sale about mid-year 2017. The automaker will group Yaris iA sales with other Yaris sales, and Corolla iM sales will be reported as a single unit with other Corolla models.
When the C-HR concept crossover debuts at New York, the automaker has plans to keep it as a standalone. The compact crossover, which had its formal debut last month in Geneva, will go on sale in 2017 as a 2018.