Toyota’s officials have recently announced the discontinuation of the Scion brand to take place by the end of the year. However, the FRS will be among those models that are scheduled to soldier on after the company’s end. While some sources suggest that the model is due to be rebadged, others claim it should retain the FRS moniker but sold under the Toyota badge. In any case, the 2017 Scion FRS is scheduled to receive a number of updates, as we have recently found out thanks to some spy photos. These changes will be part of a mid-cycle update for the FR-S along with its Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ cousins. The 2017 Scion FRS is expected to go on sale in the second-half of 2016.
2017 Scion FRS Updates
The most noticeable change on the upcoming FRS will come with the new front bumper that features a much wider and lower air intake, as well as reshaped fog lights. According to the spy pictures, it looks like the 2017 Scion FRS will also adopt LED technology applied on both the daytime running lights and the taillights. Other visual alterations include a restyled rear bumper and a slightly larger wing. As for the interior, it is expected to receive a similar amount of modifications that should refresh the cabin of this sleek sports car. One of the most substantial enhancements includes chassis modifications that should result in improved rear-end rigidity. Namely, the upcoming FRS is rumored to receive a reinforced rear suspension sub-frame.
2017 Scion FRS Engine Enhancements
Of course, the most interesting upgrades will be found under the 2017 model’s hood. The current 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine should benefit from a slight power increase as well as a number of suspension and brake modifications. While the outgoing model produces 200 horsepower, the 2017 Scion FRS will get a power boost of around 10 hp. The same goes for the torque numbers which are currently rated at 151 pound-feet. As for the changes on the engine itself, they will be mostly modest, including a new intake manifold and some new internal parts that should result in reduced engine friction. Thanks to these alterations and slightly longer exhaust tips, the updated FRS will offer an improved fuel economy.