Scion has downplayed the possibility of introducing a convertible FR-S or adopting a turbocharged engine.

Scion has downplayed the possibility of introducing a convertible FR-S or adopting a turbocharged engine.

Talking to WardsAuto at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Scion's senior vice president Doug Murtha mentioned there isn't going to be an open-air FR-S because according to their analysis there wouldn't be a market big enough to justify the development costs. Despite being very determined to launch a FR-S convertible, in the end Scion decided to drop the model due to weak projected sales.

This announcement shouldn't come as a big surprise taking into account about a year ago Fuji Heavy Industries President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said there isn't going to be a Subaru BRZ convertible because it would require "a complete redesign of the structure". However, Toyota did show an FT 86 open concept in Geneva last year but it seems it was just for show.

The bad news continue as the FR-S will stick with its naturally aspirated engine as Murtha clearly specified during the interview turbocharging isn't being prepared, without going into details. Chances are sister models Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ will suffer from the same fate, but at least we know for sure there's going to be a second-gen BRZ and GT 86 so there are enough reasons to believe Scion will get a next-gen FR-S. Before that, a mid-cycle refresh of all three models is being developed for a 2015 release.

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Scion says no to convertible or turbocharged FR-S