Geneva '08: The 3+1 seat Toyota iQ
Toyota is officially jumping into the ranks of companies building city cars with the Geneva Motor Show debut of the new iQ. The 9.8ft-long iQ has a 78.8in wheelbase and seating for 3+1 in an assymetrical configuration. With such a short span between the axles, there obviously wouldn't be much room for passengers in the second row. The passenger side of the dashboard is farther forward than the driver's side allowing the seat to slide further forward ahead of the driver providing at least theoretical room for a third adult in the rear seat. The position behind the driver is strictly for kids or Cotton Hill. Overall for such a small car, Toyota has done some very nice packaging of components and developed smaller systems like the HVAC unit and steering gear. A flat fuel tank sits under the driver's seat. The company has designed the iQ to get a five star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test regime. Toyota hasn't provided powertrain details yet although they have said there will be two gas and one diesel engine when it goes on sale late in 2008. No word yet on pricing or whether we will ever see this car in the U.S.
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