Although it's sold all over the world as a Toyota, the iQ microcompact will launch in the U.S under Toyota's Scion brand in 2011. First up: an iQ hybrid.
Although it's sold all over the world as a Toyota, the very small car (it's about the size of a Smart) will launch in the U.S under Toyota's Scion brand and will come in four flavors. First the iQ hybrid will arrive as a five-door hatchback, followed by a possible sedan version.
Also part of the future Scion iQ lineup is a gas-powered three-door, which has been on sale in Europe and Japan for some time, and a convertible model referred to internally by Toyota as the iQ Sports. It'll get a retractable top, much like you can get on a Smart Fortwo, and be powered by the same 93-horsepower 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the iQ in Europe.
Power for the new Scion iQ hybrid should come from a system that mates a 1.5-liter gasoline engine to an electric motor for about 100-120 hp combined. This revolutionary hybrid system is rumored to get more than 60 mpg. Cost is expected to be about $15,000, pricing the iQ hybrid approximately $5,000 less than the larger Toyota Prius.
The Aston is also going to get the hybrid power-plant -- count on it.
Toyota displayed a pair of Gazoo Racing cars: the iQ-based FR Hot Hatch with a widebody and stylish flat black accents as well as a track-ready MR-S roadster. Toyota’s MR-S never got the cult following that its predecessor the MR2, but it was nice to see a tuned MR-S nonetheless.
If I didn't have a gun on me, I would have beat the **** out of them and then raped one of the kids in front of the others , just to prove a point, to be King Gorilla, to assert dominance and teach them a lesson.
I'm toying with the concept of getting one and making some parts for it
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Scion Unveils a New Dimension with All-New 2011 iQ
[QUOTE]iQ Defines Premium Micro-Subcompact
Meeting the needs of a new trendsetting generation of urban drivers, the iQ succeeds at taking big ideas and concentrating them into a small package. Made possible by intelligent and functional packaging, the iQ is a small car that offers the functionality and comfort that drivers expect from a car twice its size.
The iQ's profile, defined by a strong and high beltline, glides from the large, stout headlamps, up the A-pillar, across the roof and wraps around the rear, emphasizing the iQ's geometric shape. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals accent the clean design.
The rear emphasizes the vehicle's modern style. Trapezoidal lines run toward the wheels, from the hatch to the bumper's rear diffuser-like accent, creating a substantial presence. With a 78.7-inch wheelbase and a unique suspension design – consisting of MacPherson struts up front, and a torsion beam rear suspension – the three-door hatchback can deftly maneuver through city traffic. In addition, its overall length of only 120.1-inches, width of 66.1-inches, and short front and rear overhangs create a confident stance that still allows the iQ to fit into virtually any urban parking scenario.
Engineering innovations like a compact air-conditioning unit, inverted front-mounted differential, and electronic power-steering system with compact steering column, all amount to significant decreases in front-end length. In addition, the iQ is equipped with a flat gas tank housed beneath the floor that reduces rear overhang.
The iQ's functional "3+1" seating equates to the world's smallest four-passenger vehicle. With the driver's and front-passenger's seats being slightly off set, this innovative seating arrangement allows for one adult behind the front passenger and a child, small package, or pet behind the driver. A first for Scion, extra-slim front seat backs are utilized to provide rear passengers with ample legroom. The rear seats are extremely versatile, featuring a 50/50 split and the ability to fold flat, creating enough storage to accommodate up to two golf bags.
The iQ is small in size but large on safety. Active safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Traction Control (TRAC).
The iQ will come standard with 10 SRS airbags, including the world's first rear-window curtain airbag. Other airbags include driver- and front-passenger airbags; driver- and front-passenger seat-mounted side airbags; side curtain airbags; driver- and front-passenger knee airbags; and a Scion-first driver seat-cushion airbag.
The 2011 iQ is equipped with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces over 90 horsepower and features the latest dual VVT-i, which allows it to be impressively efficient, providing a broader powerband yet requiring less fuel and generating fewer emissions.
The iQ's engine is combined with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that helps deliver smooth acceleration and excellent fuel efficiency. The iQ will be rated as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II), and it is expected to achieve a combined fuel economy in the high 30s, comparable to similar vehicles that feature less passenger and cargo capacity.
The iQ comes standard with a six-speaker audio system and is available with multiple audio head units for various degrees of audiophiles. All iQs will be outfitted with USB and auxiliary ports, allowing personal devices to be easily integrated into the car. Steering-wheel-mounted controls command the audio system to adjust volume and shuffle through music sources such as CD, AM/FM, auxiliary input, or a library from your iPod
2011 Scion iQ by Five Axis
[QUOTE]As part of the North American debut of the all-new 2011 Scion iQ premium micro-subcompact car, Five Axis has created a special iQ show car for display at the 2010 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Five Axis’ iQ show car demonstrates the personal customization synonymous with all Scions.
Elegance and sophistication were the primary influences for the iQ show car. This is evident with its unique exterior color called Titanium, consisting of pearl bismuth silver that is accented with black chrome.
Inside, the special iQ show car is appointed with custom leather-trimmed seats and door inserts and an Ultrasuede
For the 2011 iQ, which will be sold in the States under the Scion brand, Toyota is increasing the level of perceived quality with the use of higher-grade, soft-touch plastics on the dashboard and the door panels, the introduction of new color schemes and upgraded trim options.
Despite its modest extra thrust, the iQ's neatly packaged supercharged engine doesn't sound all that inspiring when stretched, but the sound coming out of the single oval tailpipe at the back is good and rorty.
Because this car is a valuable one-off, we were told to take it easy and keep the speed down. Even so, the 2010 Toyota iQ GRMN + Supercharging has genuine driver appeal. It has poise on the road and it's keen to buzz through the gears, feeling much quicker and livelier than its specifications would suggest.
Maybe not everything's quite gone to plan, however, as this supposedly light and lithe supercharged iQ weighs 2,160 pounds, 110 pounds heavier than the standard iQ. Does it matter? Not really. This is just a concept, but it's going in the right direction to bring back the luster to the Scion badge in America, never mind Toyota's image in Japan.
Say 'hallo' to Toyota's bling-bling shiny iQ Disco, a concept model that was created by the firm's German division purely for demonstration purposes as the oversized Japanese disco ball on wheels will tour dealerships all over the country, starting from showrooms in Cologne.
The transformation wouldn't be complete without a professional DJ system that consists of 15-inch bass reflex subwoofer, a two-channel mixer and two Numark NDX 800 players. Toyota said the system can play various music formats and delivers up to 1000 watts and a peak sound pressure of 130 dB.
In 2012, in addition to the U.S. market, an iQ-based EV will also be introduced in Japan and Europe.
• Launch preparations call for road trials in Japan, U.S., and Europe starting in 2011.
• Launch in China is also being considered, with road trials planned for 2011.
There's a ride and drive of the 2012 Scion iQ happening in California today where they've just released pricing on the upcoming microcar. $15,995 will get you into a new iQ when it (finally) goes on sale this fall if you're on the West Coast, January in the South followed by the East Coast and then the Midwest.
For your money you'll get a 120.1-inch long car that's 66 inches wide with a 1.3-liter 4cyl and CVT transmission.
how much does this little thing weigh? Didn't find the numbers
A Fiat 500 is about 2300lbs. Normally, they're considered a little heavier (and sturdier) cars for the class. Since this looks more like a K-class car, it's about 2200lbs at most.
I think whoever has an 2ZZ MR-S would know its gas mileage. A friend of mine with one says around 37MPG as long as you don't push past 3500 RPM, which you don't really need to at all unless you weight 400lbs.
Created by Cartel, the Pit Boss is a two-seat speedster version of the small Scion supposedly inspired by the world of motorsports but equipped with the latest word in infotainment systems. A strange mix indeed.
One of the highlights of the build is the iPad tablet that is mounted on top of the center console and which allows the driver to control various functions of the car. Full gallery follows after the jump.
After being originally revealed around the world with Toyota's badges and later on, with Aston Martin's name on its hood, the iQ reached U.S. shores as a Scion earlier this month, so it's only reasonable that the Japanese carmaker wants to create some buzz around the car.
There's more to come, but for the time being we have pictures and details on three customized iQs: the iQ-MR by Tatsu, the iQ-RX by Jon Sibal (yes, that Jon Sibal) and the iQ-RS by Michael Chang.