- All-new model for North America
- The world's smallest 4-seater
- 1.3-liter, 4-cylinder engine
- Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Full complement of safety equipment
- Industry's first rear-window curtain air bag
- Set to arrive in early 2011
IntroductionThe 2011 Scion iQ is an all-new model to the North American market, butit has been on sale in Europe since late 2008 as the Toyota iQ.Designed in France, the Scion iQ is considered a microcar-thanks to itsdiminutive stature. Designed for 4-passenger accommodations, the iQ issignificantly larger than the
According to Toyota, the "iQ" nomenclature has a meaning. The "i"refers to "individuality" "innovation" and "intelligence" while the "Q"stands for "quality" and the hatchback's "cubic" shape. The new ScioniQ is set to arrive in dealerships in early 2011.
OverviewScion calls its new 2011 iQa "premium micro-subcompact" vehicle. Whenit arrives next year, the smallest Scion model will be targeted at anurban driving audience-those who want to take advantage of its smallstature and high fuel economy.
Under the hood is a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine producing more than 90horsepower. It is mated to a standard continuously variabletransmission (CVT) with an expected fuel economy in the high 30s, saysthe automaker. Its suspension consists of MacPherson struts up front,and a torsion beam design in the rear.
According to Scion, the iQ is small in size but large on safety. Activesafety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), an anti-lockbrake system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD),brake assist (BA) and traction control (TRAC). The iQ also boasts 10standard air bags, including the world's first rear-window curtain airbag.