Scion Stretches its FR-S Into Family of Vehicles
There have previously been talks and renderings of bringing to market a Scion FR-S convertible, and while those plans may have been benched, they've been brought back under the spotlight. And this time, it marks the start of an expanding lineup. Over the next few years, Scion will be rolling out new models to enhance its sports car lineup, and the majority of those will carry the FR-S moniker. For starters, the automaker plans to roll out a soft-top convertible by October 2014. This concept was originally seen at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and it was well-received. While the new top may add 60 pounds to the overall weight of the vehicle, Scion will keep the 200-horsepower 2.0-liter boxer engine, but tweak the suspension. Pricing for the new model is expected to fall between $35,000 and $38,000. By 2016, we may even see a four-door sedan variant, which will be stretched nearly 20 inches in length and add four inches to its height. Motor Trend spoke with one of the designers, who said they're tirelessly working to keep the original look of the FR-S, but make it possible to seat four adult passengers comfortably in the new model. But by changing the dimensions of the sports car, a new engine will have to be thrown under the hood. Toyota is considering its options, while the frontrunner may be Subaru's current Legacy 2.0-liter direct injection turbo that pumps out over 300 horses. However, we know that a hybrid powertrain will find its way into the mix. Source: Motor Trend
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