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Toyota’s Rebranded and Facelifted 86 Hits New York

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As Toyota begins to transition the Scion branded FRS to the Toyota 86, they also take this opportunity to give the car a small refresh for the 2017 model year and debuted it to the public at the New York International Auto Show today. The refresh is not a dramatic change to the 86’s already attractive exterior, rather, it incorporates minor updates to bring the car up to par with current technologies.

The front facia of the 86 receives most of the updated treatment. Previously, the 86 utilized integrated lower LED lights in the bumper for additional auxiliary lighting. The bumper lighting treatment is now gone and integrated into the headlamp fixtures as LED turn signals and auxiliary lights. The front bumper now features larger side openings with integrated winglets and a subtle lower splitter design that’s integrate into the bumper. The rear of the car received less updates, but is brought up to spec with integrated LED lighting in the tail lights. The rear diffuser and bumper is kept inline with last year’s model.

The inside cabin received a refresh to give owners more ergonomics and a create an overall better place to be when behind the wheel. The instrument cluster is updated with an integrated digital diagnostic display on the right side providing vital car information. New satin aluminum trip has been integrated into the interior cabin as well which provides better touch and wear. The steering wheel no longer has leather perforation but in return drivers get more accessibility to vehicle function via new infotainment buttons.

As the Scion brand winds down and the 86 gets a new name and company logo, this year’s refresh is very well positioned to help the FR-S along its identify change to the 86.

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