• Aug 17th 2009 at 4:58PM
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Scion iQ Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last we heard, Toyota was planning to bring the diminutive iQ to the American market badged as a Scion in either late 2010 or early 2011 as a 2012 model. According to AutoWeek, that date may have been moved up a few months as a major Scion dealership (which declined to be named) has confirmed the car for next September or October. If true, that could mean that the car will carry a 2011 designation, and might also pull the iQ ahead of the replacement for the tC coupe, which was previously said to be the next Scion in waiting.

It's no secret that the Scion brand has been hit harder than most in the face of the worst economic downturn in recent memory (down 57.8 percent for the year through July), and it's apparently thought the 66-mpg Smart-killing iQ is just what the doctor ordered to spruce up the automaker's lineup.

Speaking at the iQ's debut in Scion drag at the New York Auto Show, company Veep Jack Hollis said that "the interest was so high that it would be silly for us not to fight for [the iQ], but the next-generation tC is our top priority now." That next-gen tC is rumored to drop sometime in mid-to-late-2010 with more aggressive styling and a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. Armchair quarterback time: which new model is more important for the Scion brand, the iQ or the tC? Click past the break to take part in our poll.



[Source: AutoWeek]

Which upcoming new Scion is the most important for the brand?
Scion iQ -- Bring back the quirkiness! 604 (55.8%)
Scion tC -- What we need around here is a nice, inexpensive, sporty coupe. 478 (44.2%)


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I really hope that 200HP tC rumor is true. I've got a tC and I love it, but it's just a little short on power. I might end up trading my tC for a tC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can see this being Toyota's version of the Smart Car and just as much of a failure! $15,000 for a car with only 3 doors! The 60+ MPG is appealing , but it just doesnt speak to me. Nothing was better than the original Xb, Toyota screwed up by not bringing its next generation from Japan. Do these companies not listen to the customer base anymore?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Bingo. At the projected pricerange, the iQ will not sell well. Too expensive. If it were under $11-12k, then maybe it would be a decent vehicle.

        Because of the expense of the iQ, I'll have to vote tC.

        Or the Toyobaru. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        next gen bb wasn't that great either. it wasn't ugly like the current xb. but it didn't have the charm of the earlier xb.
      • 6 Years Ago
      we need a newer scion tc not a small smart car wanna be
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone should tell Toyota The Fast and The Furious was SOOO 8 years ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There was also a Fast and Furious movie earlier this year that managed to do really well, so it's not quite accurate to say 8 years ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a concept, guys... done by Five Axis. There's nothing anywhere that says this is what it is going to look like when it comes out. Of course, if you would have looked that up for yourself, you wouldn't be able to make a F&F joke about something you know nothing about.
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha... exactly.

        i'd rather have the stock iQ sold in Europe than this fast and the furious version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The IQ that is actually pictured is not going to be the model that is released. This IQ is actually the concept vehicle that was commissioned by toyota/scion by 5axis. The body styling and lines will more likely resmble a scaled down version of a yaris/xd hybrid. Also the XA/XD brand was actually a very good seller in japan under the ist name, as well as the xb under the bb and rumion names. The TC was more american sports car appealing. However i can see how both the new tc and IQ could be beneficial for the scion brand name. Scion was designed with an idea that people make the cars not the cars make the people. So there will be lot and lots of ways to customize and personalize both these cars. Rumor had it that toyota/scion was working with subura to creat a RWD TC. This may be the new way of the future for scion. So you'll see a lot of both cars rolling out if this is true. And to point out, more older individuals ie 40+ crowd tend to buy the xb/bb or xb2/rumion than any other model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The poll should really say "Would you buy an IQ".
      Everyone always wants all these different model cars, but when it comes to ante'ing up and buying one, everyone seems to be missing in action.

      It's just like the G8, a car i like, but honestly would never buy.
      Which is obviously how people in general feel, since most people like it, but sales are dismal.

      The IQ is trendy, and IMO, the US market should stay away from trendy for a while.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I was about to post something similar and you kind of beet me to it.

        I love the idea of this car. I.E. a mean/sporty looking agile small car. But when it comes down to it, would I buy it for $15000? I would have a hard time putting that much for a Honda Fit let alone a car smaller.

        Same goes for the Mini Cooper S. I would LOVE to have one, but at close to $30,000 with 2-3 options, it's way to much money for the size IMO (even with the superb handling).

        I realize all that goes into these cars, engineering and all, but money is hard to come by lately and most everyone wants the most bang for their buck. That is either bigger and more powerful (for the gearheads or the penile challenged) OR bigger and more economical (for those watching their wallet at the pump or the hippies). :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wheres the "how about a damn Supra successor" button. Guess that would make the poll too lopsided.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i am certainly interested in driving a iQ

        anything that small has to be fun, unless its got a garbage transmission that is
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm glad to hear a Scion is getting a real engine finally - the tC always looked pretty good (at least on the outside), but was pretty anemic compared to... everything but a Corolla or Civic.

        The Scions already get crap gas mileage. At least now they'll have a little bit of power to back that up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Japanese iQ looks sick in person... just wait till Scion gets their buddies on customizing it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota should do what they should've done years ago and make the tC the new AE86. A simple, fuel efficient engine in a RWD setup would do wonders for the company. Hopefully, the new Toyobaru becomes the tC, otherwise it will just remain as the Corolla coupe.

      It's really sad that Toyota/Scion's sportiest offering is the Tacoma X-Runner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't this sound familiar? New tC to be larger and have more power? Look what that thinking brought to the xB. The Kia Soul is now outselling the xB. Toyota needs to stop "positioning" cars and do it the old way. Make good cars, light, great engines and space efficient. If they do well in Japan or Europe bringing them here. Lead the market and stop following it. Provide good value. Over time people will pick the good over the crap. Old xB good = success, new xB crap = failure. Oh, and stop thinking that horsepower has to go up. The success that the Koreans have earned has been with cars that were nearly always at the bottom of the HP race. Look at the Honda Fit with 110HP (or something close). Is it fast? No. Is it fast enough? Numbers speak for themselves. It's now in its third year in the US and the HP has raised about 3 HP. Continued great sales.

      The iQ looks like a good car. It gives great mileage and meets all of the crash specs. Bring in at a competitive price and you will have a halo car that will bring in new traffic. While you are at it could you please bring in a space efficient station wagon with a small engine and 2WD? Something that would be larger than a Fit in cargo space without being a lot larger on the outside? You have several choices.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "good cars, light, great engines and space efficient" are the realm of kei cars in Japan. Which means you will never see that kind of philosophy in America coming from a Corolla or a Civic.

        They have moved upmarket.

        The Honda Fit and Toyota Vitz is all that's left from these two manufacturers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hm... I like the IQ concept. Really. Small and looking very aggressive. The styling made me think of this immediately
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU44KwIfBXM
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh thats right, because we were doing so much better before Obama, and McCain would have fixed all of this within a week. Please go DIE IN A FIRE...Slowly!
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