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Scion FR-S gets minor upgrades, higher price for 2016

by Justin King

The 2016 model year features new interior accents, a better standard audio system, a backup camera and two new color options.

Scion has introduced several minor upgrades to its FR-S sports coupe for the 2016 model year.

The company has enhanced the interior with bright silver accents on the steering wheel bezel, shift bezel, door grip and center console. Buyers also get a better audio system for the base model, along with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and voice-recognition technology.

Addressing concerns over poor rear visibility, the 2016 model now lists a rear-view backup camera among its standard features.

To further entice buyer, Scion has added two new exterior colors -- Ablaze red and Oceanic blue -- to visually differentiate the latest packages.

The upgraded standard features do not come free, as the 2016 FR-S base price jumps up by $405 to $26,075 (including $770 freight) with a six-speed manual. The six-speed sequential automatic brings the price up to $27,175.

The higher price tags arrive as Toyota's youth-focused brand continues to face trouble selling the FR-S. March sales were down 39 percent, while first-quarter numbers slid by nearly 29 percent.

Rumors have claimed Toyota could introduce a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive for the next-generation GT86, potentially borrowing the 300-horsepower flat-four from the Subaru WRX STI. Other reports point to convertible and sedan variant, however the poor sales could dissuade the company from making significant development investments in new body styles.