• Sep 5, 2008
Click above for more high-res shots of the European Toyota iQ

By naming its impending city car the iQ, Toyota makes no bones about who it's after. And with an extra set of seats fitted into its diminutive little runabout, the Japanese auto giant looks to one-up the smart fortwo with a vehicle that measures about the same size. Ahead of its European release, Toyota decided to release a few new shots of the production iQ, and we've gone ahead and assembled them into a high-res gallery for your viewing pleasure. After looking things over again, we like what we see. The look is obviously Toyota and we think that the flowing but angular lines translate a bit better in this small package than in some of the marque's larger vehicles. There are four seats inside, though Toyota considers the iQ a 3+1 seater, as the fourth seat is suitable only for wee children. Production will begin shortly and vehicles will begin showing up in Europe at the start of the new year.


[Source: Toyota]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone please explain Toyota's obsession with putting that ugly stupid seam across the hood of each of its cars. That big black rubber gasket under the seam just adds to the nastiness of that design aspect.

      Why not just extend the hood down to the grill opening where the seam would not be visible. As it is, I have lost any respect that I may have otherwise had for Toyota. Are the designers just lazy or just lacking creativity, or what is the problem?


      • 6 Years Ago
      Merc went to town on the Safety Cell cage construction on the smart... and is shows when that little easter egg goes bouncing around after a crash but doesn't crush.

      Safety here? Not bashing... just nothing has been mentioned about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heh, just a matter of time before we see the YouTube video on this one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TJ: according to press reports, Toyota is expecting full five-star Euro NCAP crash test results for the iQ.

        The iQ will initially get th 1.0 litre petrol from the Aygo and the 1.4 litre diesel from the Yaris, both of which are capable of approx 70mpg imperial. This will be followed by a hybrid in 2010, which will have the capability of running solely on electric power for 15 miles - great for inner city commutes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and if you tune it a little bit and make it sportier - lower, then you have low iQ
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad I waited a year for my smart... I don't think MB has anything to worry about with this thing. I'll take my French-assembled German over-engineering any day over this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it looks like the helmet of a storm tropper!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait until it comes to the USA. Not sure why people say it looks "stupid", the car is going to be a big a huger hit then the SMART is and you would be stupid to keep driving anything that gets under 30mpg.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fiat 500 looks better but this is a Toyota and if the reviews are good and the price good I'm going to get one. Nice. (Ireland.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The name is ironic for something that looks so stupid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do the new Toyotas have those stupid cheap-looking, red round reflectors attached to the rear bumpers? The new Corolla has one and so does the Highlander. It doesn't look like it's for rear fog lamps either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they hadn't wasted the re-development costs restyling it from the fantastic concept, perhaps Toyota could have dumped a little more money into assuring that this car would sell in the US.

      I own a smart and while initially, I signed on for the two seats, there are times, when even a tiny third seat would make a world of difference in utility. I am still amazed by what I can get into the fortwo (a planter big enough for a 15 gallon tree, a 7' long rug, a weeks worth of groceries..) and in the city, the parking liberties of formerly unavailable spots make you feel as there's a red carpet waiting for you at every stop. Toyota-fying this experience could only be more appealing to some.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i own a smart as well and if i had wanted a car with 4 seats i would have bought a compact or mid-size car. the smart does everything i need it to do 95% of the time in the city and i have a full size near luxury sedan for highway and that last 5%. people will be attracted to the idea that the seats are there if they need them but in reality the car will only have a driver and maybe a passenger sometimes. i suppose the toyota badge will help push some into the sub-sub-compact (micro-compact?) market because smart might be too new or different for them but it is the same idea as a smart.
        i think the smart still looks better.
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      Put a lift on it and say you have a very high iQ, haha.

      All kiding aside, I would like one, but the MPG numbers would have to justify the lack of space, and possibly the cost (not sure how cheap it will be). I would probably be more inclined to get one of these over the Smart.

      So where is Honda's version (should be called) the Genious?
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        @ Rich, obviously these cars are not for me haha.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Maybe you meant "Genius", genius.
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