In an "oh-no-you-didn't" NYIAS moment, Subaru dropped a four-door sedan version of the STI, adding a trunk-popping option to the hatchback. Power output is unchanged, but thanks to the return of the wing, coefficient of drag is cut to 0.35, down from the hatchback's 0.37, improving stability and top speed. Both the sedan and hatch will see an upgrade in suspension with slightly stiffer bushings, thicker stabilizer bars, stiffer spring rates, and lower ride height, quelling naysayers who claim the GR-chassis STI lost some its edge over the GD-predecessor.
Making its North American debut was Lexus' hybrid 1.8L four-cylinder CT 200h. The somewhat sporty compact wagon will feature a CVT transmission with four modes: EV, ECO, Normal, and Sport.
The House of M displayed its all new crossover for the urban market. A shrunken version of the Outlander, the Outlander Sport is said to have a 148hp 2.0L four-cylinder paired to a CVT trans.
While styling of the new crossover might be dividing, what the Juke has unequivocally going for it is its new motor: a 1.6L direct-injected four-cylinder that's-gasp-turbocharged! Capable of 180-plus hp and 170-plus lb-ft of torque, we Americans may have been shafted of the turbo I-4 SR20DET in the past, but let's hope this time around we don't get Juke'd.
At long last, Scion introduced a completely refreshed tC, now equipped with a larger 2.5L engine capable of 180 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque-an improvement of 19 hp and 11 lb-ft. Despite the increase in power, the new tC will see an improvement in fuel efficiency, a trait most likely attributed to its new six-speed manual and auto transmissions. What hasn't changed is the tC's signature panoramic moon roof, but the car will now come with 18-inch alloy wheels, massive 16-inch brakes, tuned audio, supportive seats, a sport-tuned suspension, electric steering, and a flat-bottom steering wheel-perfect features for a car that boasts the industry's youngest average buyer age.
What Scion debut would be complete without a wild concept version from Five Axis? This is Five Axis visionary Troy Sumitomo's wide body take on the new tC, complete with the Five Axis wheel and matte tail lamp treatment. His influence? The Samurai warrior. Check out his interview on importtuner.com for more.
Available in Japan under the Toyota brand, the iQ will be the fourth addition to the Scion family and will be the baby of the group-both figuratively and literally. Standing at 59.1 inches tall, 66.1 inches wide, and 120.1 inches in overall length, the iQ is slightly bigger than the Smart Fortwo, but has rear seating enough for two [watch video at importtuner.com]. Stuffed with a 90hp 1.3L four-banger and CVT transmission (Scion: manual trans, please), mpg will be in the high 30s. And if you're wondering whether the diminutive Scion will be safe, it comes with stability and traction control (not like our readers will need it), ABS, and 10 airbags standard, including the first-ever rear window air curtain. Like all Scions, the iQ comes well-appointed with 50/50 flat-folding seats and six-speaker audio.
This tiny titanium-tuned-creation from Five Axis proves big things can come in small packages. Similar to their take on the tC, Five Axis wrapped the sheet metal with a one-off wide-body kit, added wheels, and a host of TRD parts.
To see what an import model thinks of the new Scions, watch the exclusive video here: