• Jun 29, 2009
Scion iQ Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

As expected, Toyota's youthful Scion division will indeed get a version of the diminutive iQ for the North American market, possibly by either the end of 2010 as an '11 model or in early 2011 as a '12 model. According to Motor Trend, the car will cost about the same as the Yaris and get the usual modifications for the American market, such as slightly extended bumpers and recalibrated airbags.

Fortunately, the Big Wheels body kit fitted to the conceptual Scion iQ shown off at the New York Auto Show won't come to the States as standard equipment. We're not entirely sure what powerplants Toyota plans to use in the American iQ, but in other markets it's available with three engines displacing between 1.0- and 1.4-liters, and no hybrid iQ is currently planned due to cost and packaging considerations.

Interestingly, MT also reports that the Toyota FT-EV electric car concept from this year's Detroit Auto Show, based on the iQ minicar, will hit the market by 2012. At this time, the Japanese automaker may still be deciding between tried-and-true nickel metal hydride batteries or more powerful but unproven lithium ion units. Regardless, Toyota's aiming for a 50-mile range and an eight-hour recharge from a standard wall outlet.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      first decent looking scion!
      • 5 Years Ago
      When's the Ferrari version dropping?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like those wheels.... anyone know what flavor they are... or are they custom done for the car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @SubcompactCulture

        Good call.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it. It's not pretty, but it has personality. Something most cars don't have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes! The mere fact that this thing comes with less than 100 hp signals that some automakers still "get it."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've already seen various toyota iQ's over here (europe). It's always a suprising sight, and it's really a pretty clever car overall.

      Obviously you won't give that thing a chance, but it works well over here. If only it had a slightly more powerful engine and if I had some sort of people carrier for other occasions, I wouldn't mind a bit driving that iQ
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'll do well in certain "enlightened" areas such as Seattle, Portland, SF, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Boston, NYC, DC, and probably Miami. Remaining areas will die a slow, painful $5/gallon death.
        • 5 Years Ago
        >> Obviously you won't give that thing a chance

        Huh? I think we would. And I think corporate bigwigs think so to. See: this article, Ford Fiesta coming to the US, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I were to drive this in Texas, would it be a death trap with all those Trucks and SUV's driving around?
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you think you'd walk away from even a 30mph head-on with a large truck even in a regular sized family car? The answer you're looking for is "doubtful".
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like it should have the "Nike" logo on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will be a direct competitor of the Fiat 500 when/if it gets here...but im guessing it will have a lower price tag and better riliability
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yay! Even more hideously ugly hatchbacks!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your SUV is a hatchback, duh!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't drive a SUV, dumbass. And if I did, it still wouldn't be as ugly as this monstrosity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is going to be the commuter for me, i have a 2009 xB that is going to graduate to show car and i think i can definitely mod the crap outta this iQ too lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I heard that they're going to tweak the styling a little bit too - along with the bumper things and such.
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