Rebadged and reborn, the popular RWD Scion FR-S is now the Toyota 86
We’d like to say it’s been a great run, Scion, but we’re not sure that’s accurate. The ambiguous Japanese brand will say goodbye as some Scion models get 86’d while others transition over to parent company Toyota — a transition well under way starting with the 2017 Toyota 86 replacing the outgoing FR-S.
So, now, we’ve got the Toyota 86 and Subaru BR-Z nameplates built on the same platform.
Still targeting the younger buyers as Scion set out to do, the Toyota 86, according to the automaker, is “designed to meet the needs of creative, young urban professionals and we know this important vehicle will be very well received.”
New features and upgrades
The new 86 will see some tweaks including interior and exterior changes, as well as suspension and powertrain upgrades. Also, LED front headlamps and turn signals, LED rear taillights, and fender garnish design, and new bumpers on the front and rear.
The alloy wheels are a new design and the cabin will find new materials on the seats, door armrest and door trim, as well as on the instrument panel surround. The new 86 also gets a 5-hp bump in power.
The new 2017 Toyota 86 will debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show and will go on sale at all Toyota dealerships this fall.