By Colin Bird on August 8, 2011
The new Pioneer head unit can handle HD radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming. The system also features iPod/USB connectivity, auxiliary port and a subwoofer RCA output. The xB’s six-speaker stereo produces up to 160 watts. On the tC, the eight-speaker system makes 300 watts.
Both trims also have a new optional premium stereo with a 5.8-inch touch-screen, iTunes tagging and Pandora radio output via an iPhone. Sound quality is also improved with the uprated radios.The tC gets a special trim package, called Release Series 7.0. The model will come with special yellow exterior paint (called High Voltage) and black 18-inch alloy wheels. The model will also include Toyota’s TRD body kit (optional on other tCs). The kit includes exterior ground effects, such as a lowered front and rear diffuser and side skirts (shown above). The interior includes black and yellow seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Other standard features include a passive entry system and push-button start.
Scion will build only 2,200 Release Series 7.0 trims. It carries an MSRP of $20,905 with a manual transmission and $21,905 with an automatic. Neither price includes a $720 destination charge.
The 2012 xB, which is already on sale, starts at $17,250 with an automatic transmission, excluding $720 destination. The tC starts at $19,575 with an automatic (also excluding $720 destination), and it goes on sale later this summer.