• Oct 10, 2008
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Rumors have been swirling over the past few months that Toyota was considering bringing its iQ mini-car to the States, and according to MotorTrend that's exactly what's going to happen at the LA Auto Show this November, where Toyota will unveil a U.S.-spec iQ wearing Scion badges.

The iQ – originally destined for sale in Japan and Europe – features a 3+1 seating arrangement and motivated by either a gasoline-powered 1.0-liter three-pot or a 1.4-liter diesel. However, MT speculates that the Yaris' 1.5-liter four, mated to a manual gearbox or CVT will be fitted for duty in the U.S.

Ideally, the Scion iQ would have to be priced at or below its direct competitor, the Smart ForTwo, so expect a sticker of under $15,000 if and when it goes on sale. The rationale behind offering the iQ as a Scion would finally give some credence to the brand's targeted urban demographic, which has been faltering in recent years. And with more usable passenger and cargo space than a ForTwo, the Scion iQ could be a hit for people downsizing their rides without sacrificing some of the practicality found in a more traditional runabout.


[Source: MotorTrend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think 1.5L might make this thing a little too quick for the price range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great News!
      As a former Scion xB owner (the FIRST generation xB) and current smart fortwo owner, this is just what I'm looking for.
      The compact/minimalism of the smart, but with room fortwomore in a pinch (really 1.5). Also will like the integrated iPod connections that the old xB had. I like the smart very much, but would like to take our nephews for a spin, and can't do that without a back seat. Here's hoping it can get around 40 MPG in daily driving. (I get about 38 in my smart in hard driving around town).
      I'd be interested in the smaller engine and the diesel, but imagine that the 1.5 is what they'll bring. I think that is a good motor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Agreed. Weird cars are the best cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I've said before, Scion is a dying marque (Toyota has already unknowingly killed it with the introduction of the Yaris 5-door (xA is redundant) and the new Matrix (xB is redundant)), so Toyota might as well make the brand removal official.
      That being said, I think that nose was made so that this could be sold as a Scion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well it would be a lot smarter than a Smart.A blast to drive w/1.5.As a practical matter a Yaris for less makes more sense.Toyota has a car smaller than the Yaris in Europe the Aygo-wouldn't that be better for America?The current model has been out a few years&a new one must be on the drawing board-so federalize it and bring it toyota!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is just what Scion needs to revitalize the brand a bit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It makes sense. Even the name fits Scion's nomenclature.

      Plus, it make sense for Scion to have a car that's cheaper than the Yaris (and please let it be cheaper than the Yaris). Scion is Toyota's entry level, youth-oriented brand; so why is the just-as-funky Yaris even cheaper? For $9,995, this thing would fly off the lot. For $10,995, it'd still be competitive (the Smart ForTwo is what, $12,5?).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hope we get it here in Canada, being as we don't have Scion. And please, give us the diesel...want the highest mileage possible...no need for the Yaris' 1.5
      • 6 Years Ago
      $15k? I'll pass at the price...
      That needs to be somewhere at the 11k-12k mark, not $15k. I can get a lot more car for that price...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am a giant american. I want your biggest engine with the most horsepower and also 12 cupholders. Also no manual transmissions, as those confuse me to no end. Please make mine a slow and clunky automatic!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That like Audi he's not funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Americans can't fit in this car
        • 6 Years Ago
        I disagree, Alone on Board,

        Of course Americans can fit in this car, the Scion iQ.
        Americans can fit in the smart.
        This is larger than a smart.

        I am an American who owns a smart.
        I am 6'4" 275 lbs.
        My most frequent passenger is 6'3" 250 lbs.
        We fit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1.0 ltr please. That's gotta have some impressive specs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        0-60 in 100seconds. There is an impressive spec for you. Glad they have those rear impact air bags.
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