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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?
Scion iQ -- Bring back the quirkiness! 216 (79.4%)
Scion tC -- What we need around here is another affordable, sporty coupe. 56 (20.6%)


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The BB should come back. I originally brought the BB 2006 for my son. I fell in love with it due to its simplicity fun to drive car. I also enjoyed the gas mileage. I love the speeddac in the center. My peers/neighbors at first looked at me a bit funny, yet curious and always asking questions. Knowing I'm someone that can afford so much more. My wife and I instead of taking out the Lexus on the weekends. We drive the XB. They could had kept the XB mostly original with minor improvements into 2007. Scion could had added a little more HP's 122 hp max as they did with XD. Not to sabatosh mpg's. Rounded the front window slightly. Front head lights could use a makeover. Rear lights could had gone LED. More interior lighting. Some more cup holders. Better steering wheel controls. A better audio system, "and a must! A Large ass Sun Roof" And some more noise installation.

      Of course these could had all been up grades. To keep the car affordable for everyone to enjoy. Now I have my eyes set on the Nissan Cube. Since Scion went away from their original ideals. XB gen 2 could had just been another version called Scion cruiser etc....I mentioned the Cube. I took a test drive. Car was fun lots of room. Interior noise reduction from the Xb. Explosive sound system. Yet it's not the Original BB. By the way I'm 45 years Old. Recently sold my GS 350 Lexus. . She loves it. My son will have his official license in a few months. Wants to stay with the XB. My wife after being around the simplicity of the Scion XB 1st Gen. My wife's approach, sights, feel for car are different instead of status quo. Wife now drives a Mazda 5,09 , in love with the care. We're fortunate we can buy these cars in cash. Doesn't hurt to save money. We will soon have no car payments. We'll be saving on gas. This accounts to an additional $1,800.00 a month we will now save or in other words get to keep. I won't be buying the 2nd gen XB. Great car yet the corkeynes is gone. Much rather go back to my Lexus GS 350. So the new Cube may have to do. When driving the Cube I felt like I was in the XB but with more comfort and the extra zip in power, Which I like to have time to time here in Miami, Fla . Peace to all XB family's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd say they need both, but the IQ is more important.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The iQ is already on sale over here in europe.
      So you can check the Toyota UK website for some details, assuming the US version will not be very different.
      Nominal MPG of similar gas engines is about the same, not so surprising though as both are similar concepts. The diesel version of the smart is slightly ahead here.

      Reviews over here state, that the iQ is slightly more roomy, comfortable and easier to drive, but with surprisingly bad build quality for a Toyota.
      alexacoon
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just as long as it doesn't get the horrible center mounted instrument panel like the Yaris. Previous pictures have shown a traditional spedo cluster and a center navigation unit, they had better stick with that or many people will certainly turn their nose up as I did contemplating a hatchback Yaris. Considering you spend the majority of your time sitting behind the wheel I find whats in front of me to be far more important than the exterior styling and driving the Yaris over a 3 day vacation was truly annoying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was all set to buy a Scion Xb when they changed over from the 2006 to the 2008 model and gave us the new hideous body design, larger engine and far worse mileage. It kept me from buying a Scion. They had a really good identifiable niche with the original Scion Xb and other models and they really blew it.

      I definitely want to see the iQ in their lineup with high mileage and more quirkiness.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That being said, they better not remove the xD. It takes the place of the old xB (xB1) (the tiny bit less room and the slightly less gas notwithstanding). The iQ will be a nice addition at the way-way bottom end of the size scale, with appropriate MPG, if it's better than Smart like everyone says.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So one anonoymous dealer has said this, not multiple dealers as the title would indicate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi,

      I would love to own the iQ -- I currently have an xA. Not only did the xB get replaced by a bigger, less efficient (an less appealing) model, but the xA got replaced by a bigger, heavier, less aerodynamic, and larger engined xD.

      The iQ (sans the boy-racer wheels and tacked on body bits) will be a breath of fresh air. Hopefully the EV version follows very soon?

      Sincerely, Neil