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The 2010 New York International Auto Show is the perfect occasion for an US-exclusive automaker to present its latest goodies to local consumers. Following the same principle, Toyota's Scion unveiled yesterday the 2011 tC, a new model that borrows some design elements from the Fuse concept but also integrates several new technical equipment. But first things first.

The refined sports coupe is powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with dual VVT-i powerplant that generates 180 horsepower. This means the new model boosts power by as much as 19 horsepower, while torque is increased by 11 lb-ft. Other performance enhancements include a new intake manifold design and a sport-tuned exhaust system.

The engine is coupled to an all-new transmission lineup, as it follows: a six-speed manual unit plus a six-speed automatic.

Since the Scion brand is especially aimed at the young market, it is natural to expect multiple young-oriented features to be fitted inside the car. First of all, there's the standard AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with eight speakers plus steering-wheel mounted controls that allow the drivers to browse through multimedia settings.

Safety features include ABS, VSC, traction control, EBD and BA. Active front-headrests and eight airbags are also standard, including both driver and front-passenger knee airbags. Scion says the car is expected to earn the top safety pick, but crash tests will be conducted by the IIHS at a later date.

Pricing and release dates are yet to be disclosed.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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