• Oct 20th 2008 at 12:59PM
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Toyota worked up an entirely new platform for its new iQ minicar, which features a very unique 3+1 seating arrangement in an effort to outsmart its competitors. Such a development takes a good deal of resources and Toyota seems to be considering ways to defray that cost through additional models based on the same underpinnings. The latest vehicle architecture to add to the always active rumormill would be a small two-seat roadster. If the German buff book Auto Motor und Sport is correct, expect the new sub-Miata-fighter to debut in concept form at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and be called the Spider. The roadster would likely get the same powerplants as the normal iQ, including both gasoline and diesel four-cylinder variants. A decision on a production model, though, is likely still a good ways off. Other iQ models said to be waiting in the wings are an upcoming Yaris successor, a hybrid and a mini-minivan. Though we know the iQ has a good chance of being sold in the United States wearing a Scion badge, we have no idea yet how many of these other models could follow.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn. Seat two COMFORTABLY, have decent styling, and that would be one tight little car. If they're going to want low- to mid- 10k for the iQ, this could go for a song. Please make this and bring it to the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish THAT ONE was headed for Scion, not the standard iQ.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The rendering isn't bad. If it actually turns out looking like that (be it as a Toyota or a Scion) I'd certainly be interested in a test drive. But until I see it on a dealer lot though I'll file this one under "Believe it when I see it."
      • 6 Years Ago
      First thing I thought of was the Suzuki Cappuccino. Anyone else see it in the rendering?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it looks anything like that and drives at least decently enough, i'm sold
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd rock it. Maybe they can call it the Supra Jr.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a pretty low cowl...probably going to need a flat 4 to keep it that low and pass safety standards in the US market.

      And if you're going to use the flat 4, might as well give it AWD too so we here in New England can enjoy it all year round. Just don't make it FWD!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Something sporty? From Toyota? I'll believe it when I see it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You said it yourself...
        "MR2 is a great, sporty car."

        Yup. It's a great, sporty car.
        It is not a sports car, never has been. Don't even pretend. The Supra was a sports car.

        The shame of it is, Toyota has had a lot of racing success over the years. Obviously, someone over there likes to go fast.

        They just don't seem to have much interest in sharing that enthusiasm with the buying public.

        The new Subaru/Toyota coupe shows some promise, hopefully it will happen.

        And no-by definition-the Mustang is not, nor has ever been a musclecar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You ain't kiddin'.

        It would be a lot easier for me to show Toyota some love if they'd just throw the enthusiasts a bone once in a while. It's been a long, long time since they've had anything remotely sporty.

        And no, that lame MR2 doesn't count.
        Roadster != Sportscar
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well they do have the IS-F right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why even waste the pixels needed to speculate if a company as terminally constipated as Toyota would even for a nanosecond consider producing something like this roadster?

      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way Toyota dose make another micro sport coupe it's called the Daihatsu Copen it actually good .
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anybody remember the Berkeley? Now, that was tiny.
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