• Aug 5, 2010
2011 Scion iQ – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've all heard the rhetoric about how small cars are primed to be big sellers over the next few years, and nobody seems to be responding to that direction sooner than Toyota. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to challenge the diminutive Smart Fortwo here in the United States with the Scion iQ, and we've just been told by Toyota representatives to expect it to hit dealer showrooms around March of next year.

Unlike its main competitor, the iQ sports a unique 3+1 seating arrangement that will allow three real-sized human beings to fit in the car with an extra spot for a munchkin or car seat. Scion also promises that its micro car will boast real storage capacity, which is an important factor if people have any inkling to use their urban runabout as a second car.

Expect a price somewhere in the vicinity of the Fortwo when the iQ hits the streets early next year.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Kia is the new Scion.They have more hip styling too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now just build a retro outer shell, make it RWD, and call it the new AE86.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be a cute car, and I really like Scions, if I wasn't so worried about dying in it. Also, not an environmentalist and wouldn't really know what to do with it other than drive it from A to B.
        • 4 Years Ago
        " Also, not an environmentalist and wouldn't really know what to do with it other than drive it from A to B."

        Drive it back to A - from B. What else ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's going to have to pass our safety standards. I would not worry bout it. The "smart" car actually does really well in the tests, by the way.

        In a crash, since these cars are so light, they tend to bounce off the larger, heavier car. I believe this car is ~1900lb. in Europe. and the smart is of similar weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way, 5 stars on the euro NCAP.

        http://www.euroncap.com/results/toyota/IQ/347.aspx
        Not sure what that translates to here. But just sayin...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That has to be one of the most hideous interiors I've seen in a car to date.
      • 4 Years Ago
      in my eyes, this piece of crap is already 3 years old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is why the iQ has rear airbags. Next time inform yourself before you comment.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/09/30/toyota-develops-new-rear-window-airbag/
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the LAST car Scion should introduce if it wants to get back some of its "swagger" and become a relevant brand again (though I'm not so sure it ever was...).
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about this is the last Scion, ever? Toyota seems to have given up on the brand concept and I think they should just unwind the brand and sell the products as Toyotas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully we get the turbo diesel model or at least the 1.0L gasoline engine so the MPG isn't as crappy as a yaris.

      Toyota: If this doesn't get 40mpg+ .. I WILL buy a 2011 Hyundai Elantra instead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its a nice looking little car, I wouldn't mind one if it had a little more power. Can I slap a turbo on it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this thing doesn't get well over 50 MPG, it's utterly pointless. The 2012 Miata is rumored to "touch 50 MPG" with the new Sky-G engine - while being lighter and more powerful than the current car! Which one do you think will be more fun to drive? I know... I'll believe it when I see it too... but still, the rumors are persistent. Want something more tangible? The new 2011 Chevy Cruze is twice as big (safer and more comfortable) and is expected to get over 40+ MPG highway with the turbo direct injected 1.4L (138 HP/ 148 lb/ft TQ).

      I own two Toyotas at the moment, so I'm not a hater... but unless this one puts up some seriously high MPG numbers, it's going to fail. As is the Honda CRZ.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Miata has hovered around 30mpg highway on the current system since it came out. It's not going to make 50mpg and remain a performance car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        50mpg in a miata? Where are you getting this information from? I don't think so! not in a RWD sports car! if that's the case, i'll see you at the dealer. But i really doubt it. When was the last time that a Mazda got good MPG?

        2011 Cruze turbo is $19k. Would you pay that for a compact car? Test drives also remark that it has notable turbo lag, and is quite heavy relative to the size of the motor in it ( euro model is 2850lbs ).. plus it's a different class of car. Seems like a bad comparison.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's crazy of them to say that. Unless their plan is to gear it to be uber slow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hell, the miata was getting 30mpg or so with the original DOHC 1.6. Maybe not even that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate this car in every way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Barf...

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