NEW FOR 2015:

– Paddles for manual shifting now included with automatic transmission
– New limited edition Release Series 9.0

Following last year’s update of the tC, 2015 brings in only one change – paddles for the optional six-speed automatic transmission. There is also a new special edition Release Series limited-run model, of which 100 will be brought into Canada. We’re on version 9.0, in case you were wondering.

The tC is Scion’s entry-level coupe, and behind its jaunty, angular bodywork is a surprisingly pragmatic vehicle. The liftback design and flat-folding rear seats give it a large cargo bay, and the stiff body structure and eight standard airbags have earned it an IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

Though it may stand in the shadows of the FR-S in the fun-to-drive stakes, the tC is competitive against rival coupes like the base Kia Forte Koup and Honda Civic with its fully independent suspension and 179-hp 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine. The tC has a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, with a six-speed automatic available as an optional extra.

The tC is generously equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cloth sport bucket seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control, vanity mirrors, driver’s seat one-touch walk-in with track and seat angle memory, outside temperature gauge, power locks with keyless entry, 12-volt power outlet, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, chrome exhaust tip, projector-style headlamps, two-pane panoramic sunroof, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, 6.1-inch Pioneer display audio system with CD/MP3 stereo with eight speakers, auxiliary input, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, driver and passenger front knee airbags, and active front head restraints.

The Release Series 9.0 adds proximity key with push-button start, two-tone Magma Orange and Black paintwork, Cartel Customs bodykit, TRD centre-mounted exhaust, high-profile rear spoiler, black badges, black alloy wheels, orange front seatbelts, orange interior stitching, orange interior trim, Release Series 9.0 badging, and custom floor and cargo mats.

Available factory- or dealer-installed options include a hood deflector, rear spoiler, side window visors, all-season floor mats, cargo liner, mat and net, heated leather seats, Alpine premium sound system, satellite radio, block heater, remote starter and security system.

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