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Scion tC Release Series 7.0 debuts push-button start, new Pioneer receiver

Scion's yearly Release Series special editions are usually new style with little substance, but the tC RS 7.0 will also debut new tech for the automaker.

Scion tC Release Series 7.0
The Scion tC Release Series 7.0 features a unique color that the automaker calls High Voltage yellow. Scion

Scion likes to attract attention to its brand with yearly Release Series special editions of its tC, xB, and xD models. Usually, that means a fresh coat of exclusive paint, color-matched interior trim, a set of nice wheels, and a body kit, but the upcoming Scion tC Release Series 7.0 also gets some new cabin tech.

Let's start with the standard-fare Release Series upgrades. In addition to the retina-searing High Voltage yellow paint, this limited-edition tC also gets 18-inch gloss black alloy rims and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) five-piece body kit that adds a honeycomb lower grille up front and extensions to the front lip, side sills, and rear valance. Inside the cabin, there's High Voltage yellow trim on the seating surfaces, yellow stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a yellow LED backlight for the Release Series badge that marks each of the 2,200 examples that will be produced as unique.

Push-button starter, Scion tC Release Series 7.0
The tC RS 7.0's push-button ignition is a Scion first. Scion
Pioneer receiver, Scion tC Release Series 7.0
A new Pioneer receiver brings with it standard HD Radio and Bluetooth calling and audio streaming. Scion

Interestingly, the tC RS 7.0 will also debut two new bits of cabin technology for the Scion brand. Proximity keyless entry with a shiny red push-button starter will be standard on the RS 7.0. There will also be a new standard Pioneer-branded receiver. Look closely at the photo above and you'll see that it appears to add Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth stereo audio streaming, iPod/USB connectivity, and HD Radio reception to the tC's list of standard features. Does this means that we can finally say goodbye to Scion's current crappy Blu Logic hands-free system? Because it's about time. Let's hope that this receiver trickles down to the rest of Scion's lineup, posthaste.

Look for the Scion tC Release Series 7.0 to hit dealerships later this summer.