Toyota iQ going to America
2012 Scion iQ
2007 Toyota iQ concept
21st July, 2011
The Toyota iQ concept car first debuted in 2007 at the
Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Germany. Production of the iQ began in November 2008 at the Takaoka Plant
in Japan. The Toyota iQ subsequently went on sale in Japan in November 2008 and in select European
countries in early 2009.
The Toyota iQ went on to be the basis for the recently launched Aston Martin Cygnet. As the Scion iQ,
the world's shortest 4-seater car (it's just a 'whisker' shorter than a Tata Nano) will be launched in
the USA from later this year.
Scion announced yesterday that its 2012 iQ micro-subcompact will begin arriving in American west coast
dealerships this October. Other regions will begin receiving supplies from early 2012. The Scion iQ is
only 10 feet long yet seats four people, making it the world’s smallest four-seater.
“Scion prides itself on being an innovative brand with a line-up of iconic vehicles that set
automotive trends,” said Jack Hollis, vice president of Scion. “The iQ is the fourth vehicle in
the family, and it will define the premium micro-subcompact segment as the choice for new urbanites who
want clever transportation without a sacrifice in style or new features.”
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
Intelligent Design, Not Sacrifice
Instead of sacrificing features or comfort to reduce its footprint, the iQ relies on intelligent
design. Six engineering innovations are responsible for the iQ’s ability to be small in size, but large
in capability. A compact front-mounted differential, high-mount steering rack with electronic
power-steering, and a compact air-conditioning unit all amount to significant decreases in front-end
length. In addition, the iQ is equipped with a flat fuel tank housed beneath the floor that reduces rear
overhang. Slim-back front seats optimise rear legroom, while the “3+1” offset seating arrangement allows
one adult to sit behind the front passenger and a small child behind the driver.
Driving Performance of a Larger Car
With a 78.7-inch wheelbase and a unique suspension design – consisting of MacPherson struts up front,
and a compact torsion beam rear suspension – the three-door hatchback can deftly manoeuvre through city
traffic. In addition, its overall length of only 120.1-inches, and short front and rear overhangs allows
the iQ to fit into virtually any urban parking scenario. Although short in length, the iQ has a wide
stance at 66.1-inches, giving it a confident stance that handles like a larger car.
Smooth Drivetrain and Better Fuel Efficiency
The 2012 iQ is equipped with a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder engine that produces 94 horsepower and 89
lb.-ft of torque. It features the latest dual VVT-i, which allows the engine to be efficient, providing
a broader powerband yet requiring less fuel and generating fewer emissions.
The engine is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that helps deliver smooth
acceleration and excellent fuel efficiency. The iQ is rated an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II).
Small in Size but Big on Safety
In order to be considered a premium micro-subcompact, the iQ comes standard with safety features that
drivers expect and demand. The iQ is packed with an industry leading 11 airbags, including the
world’s first rear window 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- and front-passenger seat-cushion airbags.
All iQs will come standard with the Star Safety SystemTM, which includes anti-lock Brakes
(ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle
Stability Control (VSC) and Smart Stop Technology brake-override. A tyre-pressure monitoring system is
also standard equipment.
The Scion 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, emphasising the iQ’s geometric shape. Side
mirrors with integrated turn signals accent the clean design and give it a premium look.
The rear emphasises the vehicle’s modern style. Trapezoidal lines run toward the wheels, from the
hatch to the bumper’s rear diffuser-like accent.
The iQ will be available in seven exterior colours, including Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic,
Magnetic Grey Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Hot Lava, Pacific Blue Metallic and Black Currant Metallic.
The iQ’s functional “3+1” seating equates to the world’s smallest four-passenger vehicle. The
four-seat configuration is made possible because the driver and front passenger seats are slightly off
The rear seats are extremely versatile, featuring a 50/50 split and the ability to fold flat,
providing enough storage to accommodate large suitcases. The iQ comes standard with a leather-wrapped
steering wheel with red stitching, and features a flat bottom that provides additional thigh room. The
steering wheel incorporates audio controls to manage the iQ's impressive sound system.
The iQ comes standard with a Scion Drive Monitor that displays information like outside temperature,
average MPG and an ECO-drive indicator that helps the driver maximise the iQ’s fuel efficiency.
Impressive Audio with Standard Bluetooth® and HD Radio™ Technology
The iQ truly focuses on youth with its all-new standard AM/FM/CD/HD/USB 160-watt maximum output
Pioneer™ audio system. Standard features for all 2012 Scions include Bluetooth connectivity, which
allows both hands-free phone connection and streaming audio capability, and HD Radio technology.
Streaming audio allows compatible phone or personal media devices to pair with the audio system and
deliver music through the vehicles sound system. The audio system also features an organic
electroluminescent (OEL) screen with a personalised welcome screen, iPod®/USB connectivity,
Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), and a subwoofer RCA output. The USB port and universal auxiliary (AUX)
port are located on the centre console, which allows users to listen to their portable music collection
through the iQ’s four Pioneer speakers.
The optional 200-watt maximum output Pioneer Premium audio system has the same features as the
standard Pioneer audio, but it is enhanced with a 5.8-inch LCD touch-screen display, features
iTunes® tagging, Pandora® internet radio connected through iPhone®,
and six RCA outputs to add external amplifiers.
A Scion Navigation audio system is also available for urban drivers who would like the added
convenience of easily finding their way around the city. The 200-watt SNS 200 system has all of the
features of the standard and premium audio systems but it adds a navigation system and DVD player that
are accessible through an easy-to-use seven-inch touch-screen LCD display. Navigation functions include
a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system with comprehensive U.S. and Canada map coverage, plus
guidance to millions of points of interest.
All three of the audio systems retain key Scion audio system features such as Scion Sound
Processing® (SSP), where listeners can choose from three pre-set equaliser settings,
satellite radio compatibility and MP3 and WMA capability. In addition, all units have the capability to
adjust the volume control based on driving speed.
Warranty and Complimentary Scion Service Boost
Like all Scion models, the iQ is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile comprehensive warranty and a
5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The iQ will also come standard with Scion Service Boost, a
complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles
whichever comes first, and three years of 24-hour roadside assistance.