By Matt Schmitz on January 8, 2014
Detroit's debuts won't just be all-new concepts and productions; several automakers are announcing special-edition versions of existing models.
With its new Monogram Series, Scion hopes to embroider its name onto car shoppers' minds in association with premium features. The Toyota-owned brand announced today that the limited-edition versions of the 2014 FR-S and tC — debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit — outfit the coupes with a host of premium features. The Monogram Series' first run will include only 2,000 of the FR-S rear-wheel-drive sports car and 2,500 of the tC front-wheel-drive coupe, both are set to hit dealerships in February.
In the FR-S, standard Monogram features include leather seats with Alcantara simulated suede inserts; a BeSpoke Premium Audio system with navigation and connected services; high-intensity-discharge headlamps with LED running lights; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated front seats and side mirrors; a color-keyed rear spoiler; and a rear-seat center armrest. The Monogram FR-S starts at $28,155 with a six-speed manual transmission and $29,255 with a six-speed automatic, plus an additional $395 for the exterior Whiteout color. Base 2014 FR-S models start at $25,455; all prices include a $755 destination charge.
The Monogram tC comes with leather-trimmed seats with perforated inserts; the BeSpoke Premium Audio system with navigation and connected services; heated front seats; a leather shift knob; a rear window wiper; a color-keyed, low-profile spoiler; an upgraded center console lid with accent stitching; and upgraded interior door trim. The Monogram tC starts at $22,155 with the manual and $23,155 with the automatic. Base 2014 versions of the tC start at $19,965, including destination.
Dodge also announced this week that its lineup of Blacktop packages is expanding with the 2014 Dart. The factory customization package — already offered on the Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan — includes unique 18-inch Glass Black wheels and side mirrors as well as a unique sport interior.
The "sinister"-looking upgrades come at an additional charge of just $295 more than the Rallye Appearance Group on which the new package is based, complementing the Dart's 2.4-liter engine that makes 184 horsepower and 174 pounds-feet of torque. The Blacktop Dart will begin arriving at dealerships in first-quarter 2014 and starting at $20,280, including a $995 destination charge.
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