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Scion iQ Concept - click above for hi-res image gallery

You know that Toyota iQ your cousin's seen running around Europe and Japan? It's making its way Stateside, first to next week's Detroit Auto Show, then to a Scion dealer near you as a hybrid. This is according to a scoop by Inside line. We've known for a while now that the iQ will be showing up as a Scion, just not for certain as a hybrid. Also, according to IL, the fate of the brand hangs in the balance. Also-also, they might (yay!) drop the name iQ.

That's right, the diminutive Toyota with the silly name is going to greet us as a youth-branded Scion. In multiple flavors, too. First will come a five-door hatchback, followed next by a four-door sedan. The latter is almost a little puzzling – who on earth wants a four-door sedan version – but then we recall all the other cars PR types tell us the American market forces into four-door guise and we're not surprised one bit. The Scion iQ will also come as a three-door hatch. Expect the five-door to show up first, towards the end of 2011.

The engine options are pretty interesting. If you so desire, a 1.3-liter four-banger will produce 93 horsepower. However, most folks will probably opt for the hybrid version. First of all, the gas and electric propulsion is so cheap that Toyota will be able to sell it for $15,000 or less. Second, expect a 1.5-liter four and some sort of electric motor to produce between 100 and 120 hp and return 60 mile per gallon. Not bad at all. Again, Inside Line ends their scoop explaining that if the iQ doesn't get youngsters buying Scions, nothing will. Er, make that nothing will have a chance to, as Toyota is likely to fold the brand.

[Source: Inside Line]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gee, it looks almost as nice as the Aston-Martin Lagonda, and the Lagonda is one of the ugliest cars I've ever seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      15k? 60mpg? I don't care how ugly it is, that's awesome.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fugly? That thing drips awesome!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "15k? 60mpg? "

        I'll believe it when I see it.

        As far as fugly goes, that's probably just the concept. I'd expect to see some changes before it goes into production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why is every Scion FUGLY????
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it has anything related to the above picture, toyota should just kill it before it hits the streets. That's just flat out ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW! Boring now comes in 5 doors. No kidding?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the iQ as it is and would buy one..............15k and 60mpg? In a compact, space efficient package? Sign me up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't what will save the Scion brand. A new tC yesterday has a better chance to do that. Though if they can truly product a sub $15k hybrid that gets >60mpg... they'll have no problem selling it. Like everyone else though I don't understand the different models. That doesn't really seem to fit at all with the Scion brand (when was the last time you saw an xD sedan? or a 5 door tC?). Make it one model/body style and make it the right one. At the very least - drop the sedan. It'll probably look like a Yaris sedan - awful.

      I really hope Scion can pull something out of their hat with this and the new tC - but unless the new tC is some incredible game changer, I'll be holding out for the FT-86.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this actually comes in a decent hybrid setup under $15k, I would hazard to guess that'll be my next car... at least if they can make it look more like the Aston.

      I loved my 1st gen xB, only reason I sold it was I was getting married and had too many cars. Toyota needs to shut up about this whole demographics thing. I loved my xB, my 75 year old grandfather loved my xB. What's wrong with having people half a century apart in age liking the same car?

      If Toyota wants to pull younger buyers into it's fold, it needs to merely build cars that we WANT to buy. Nothing in Toyota's lineup would make me drop whatever I currently drive to buy a Toyota. The only thing they make right now that I like is the FJ-Cruiser, but there's just no way I can justify trading a car that gets 30mpg combined for that. Would love to, but it's just financially stupid in my position.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this thing were painted black, it would look just like Darth Vader.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota turned their backs on the Scion brand when they failed to produce a new 'tC' model after 3-4 years as was part of Scion's original business plan.

      A $15,000, 60MPG" car will not save Scion. This car isn't even what the Scion nameplate was founded on.

      And BTW, the iQ or whatever they will call it, will look nothing like the above in stock form.

      And just to throw this in there, I am a former owner of a tC. It was a great car for me and I desperately wanted a next gen tC to come about and I would still be in the Scion family.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You almost have to wonder if it wouldn't make more sense to liquidate the Scion brand, and market this under the Tercel name.

        Although soon after making this decision, any true Toyota-loving exec would come to the realization that to properly uphold the Tercel lineage, a goofy (loveably goofy, mind you) 4WD 5-door wagon variant would be necessary. But, you know what? Those old wagons never really seemed to have a whole lot (visually, at least) in common with the more pedestrian Tercel line-up. Would it be possible to set the xB up with AWD and sell it as the Tercel 4WD Spacewagon, or whatever the hell they called it?

        tC---> Neuvo Paseo!!!! Eh.. On second thought, mayhaps no.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "You almost have to wonder if it wouldn't make more sense to liquidate the Scion brand, and market this under the Tercel name."

        Toyota are you listening?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If this car got 100mpg I wouldn't buy it
        Whoever designed this car never graduated from high school
        • 5 Years Ago
        "They already have a Tercel-sized vehicle, it's called the Yaris."

        Yes. Seems to me a 4 door iQ is a Yaris. I don't get it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh. Kill the sedan. I hate it without even needing to see it. Kill it with FIRE!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, no need for the sedan. If they need anything more, 5 door hatch would be the only candidate!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No kidding. I can't even picture how they will make a trunk work on that design. This car was never intended to be a four door. I'm not even sure how they are going to make it a five door. The seat behind the driver isn't even a full seat. Toyota even admits that the design is such that the fourth seat is really only an option for kids or transfemoral amputees.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How is "iQ" an awful name when its siblings are named bB, xA, and tC? Seems more than appropriate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kia seems far more hip than Scion.
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