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Toyota iQ - Click above for a high-res gallery

Scion has decided to end speculation about whether a new concept vehicle will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show by issuing a press release confirming our suspicions. In the process, though, the automaker has stirred the pot, yet again, about what type of vehicle will be on display. According to the super short blurb (pasted after the break), the new concept will be a "micro-subcompact" and will represent "a new segment for the brand aimed toward the growing urbanization trend."

Sounds like a U.S. version of the diminutive Toyota iQ to us. The new model may wear the tD moniker that's been seen floating around the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices and would not displace the aging tC in the automaker's line. Come back around noon EDT on April 8th to find out for sure.



TORRANCE, Calif., March 18, 2009 – Scion will unveil a micro-subcompact concept car at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The concept reflects Scion's youthful image and represents a new segment for the brand aimed toward the growing urbanization trend.

The Scion press conference will take place on Wednesday, April 8 at 12:05 p.m. EDT in the Galleria on level four in the Javits Convention Center.

Production versions of the xB urban utility vehicle, tC sports coupe and xD urban subcompact five-door will be on display in the Scion space as well as five highly-modified vehicles that debuted at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

A video clip of the press conference will be available for viewing following the event on the scion.com website.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a redesigned xA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why call the iQ-based car the tD? Why change it at all, other than to a Scion badge?

      The iQ name would fix perfectly within Scion's lowercase letterUPPERCASE LETTER scheme. They wouldn't have to change the name at all.

      That way, they can redesign the tC and call it the tD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think the tD name is official; I think it is actually official for the tC replacement. If Scion wants to keep this within its nomenclature, this should be either the tE or the xE.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe we'll get a 2fer. The iQ and the tD...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see the iQ being shown around as a concept vehicle, unless they're making significant sheet metal changes.

      And the iQ wouldn't serve as a replacement for the tC anyway.

      I'm expecting something altogether different. Maybe the long-anticipated micro pickup hybrid?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Winner , winner, chicken dinner
      Yep, Scion version of IQ
      • 6 Years Ago
      *Hears the two words "Scion Concept"*

      *Remembers the Hako*

      *Runs into the attic and hides*
        • 6 Years Ago
        Huh. I liked the Hako with some minor adjustments.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Releasing the iQ (an acceptable, non-suck version of the Smart) could once again redefine small cars in America, just like the xA and xB did (along with the Fit) half a decade ago.

      I wonder if Toyota will once again wait three years, ruin the car, and abandon the niche for Kia to claim...
        • 6 Years Ago
        i'm curious... how did the xA redefine anything? it failed to pick up momentum and sold the least cars out of Scion.

        Since when was Scion a niche? 2 door economy (used very loosely, because the tC is hardly an economy car with the lame mpg figures it has) cars, tall wagons, and chunky hatch backs don't qualify as a niche.

        Out of Toyota's cars, the Supra, Celica, and mr-2 (spyder) were niche cars, they were aimed at specific demographic buyers. An anticipated age group (that never actually happened) of buyers does not qualify as being in a niche brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have been to a dealer meeting and the iQ will be a Scion product when it comes to America. There is a new replacement for the tC, but won't be untill 2011!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is this a "t" instead of an "x"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        because they already have an xD
      • 6 Years Ago
      Except for the instrument cluster, I'd rather have a Beat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess you haven't been reading autoblog lately.

        Besides, no car of this sort holds its value anyway. A car is rarely an investment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm drive it. It is very comfort.

      David Brown
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's like an almost practical version of the smart fortwo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure the backseat is for emergency use only. Hell, I saw 5 people crammed into a Mercedes convertible on Sunday, and trust me, the 3 people in the back were NOT comfortable.

        So, without a boot, the back seat I'm sure makes for good storage. In the Smart you don't even get the emergency option to put someone back there.
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