Scion’s slow-selling FR-S rear-wheel-drive coupe is about to become Toyota’s slow-selling rear-wheel-drive coupe, and it will be branded with the same moniker as in many other parts of the world.
That’s right: this is the Toyota 86, also known as what it should have been named here in the first place.
The sports coupe gets a mild mid-cycle refresh thanks to some reworked body elements, massaged exterior lighting with LEDs, and new alloy wheels so people hopefully won’t mistake it for a Subaru. Performance gets a bump to 205 horsepower (+5 hp) and 156 pounds-feet of torque (+5 lbs-ft), which is welcomed news, but it still won’t be that Supra you lusted over in that sticky-paged back issue of Super Street.
The 86 isn’t the only former Scion being renamed, but the rest are given the Irish orphan treatment. The single-model-year Scion iM will become the Toyota Corolla iM, and the single-model-year Scion iA — known as the Yaris Sedan in Canada, Yaris R in Mexico, and the Mazda2 Sedan everywhere else — will receive the Toyota Yaris iA nameplate in the United States.
Toyota will show off its new Toyota-nee-Scions at the 2016 New York International Auto Show alongside the Toyota C-HR Concept, a subcompact crossover to take on the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade and — arguably Honda’s worst current product — the Honda HR-V.