Scion to sell its own version of the iQ in October

Only in North America, unfortunately
Jul 20, 2011

Scion iQYou're already familiar with the cute Toyota iQ. It was so cute Aston Martin decided to make a spin-off model based on it--the Cygnet. Turns out it's not just the British luxury car brand that has been smitten with it. Toyota's youth-oriented brand tailored to the North American market--Scion--has likewise built an iQ-based city car called, er, iQ.

Scion has just announced that it is to start selling what it calls a "premium micro-subcompact" this coming October. The iQ, at just 10 feet long, is also being touted as "the world's smallest four-seater." It will be powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 94hp and 121Nm of torque. Scion says it features Toyota's latest dual VVT-i, which provides a broader power band yet requires less fuel and generates fewer emissions. Mated to a continuously variable transmission, this engine is claimed to yield 15.7km/L in combined highway/city fuel mileage.

Now, don't let the small size fool you. This car is quite packed: an industry-leading 11 standard airbags, including the world’s first rear window airbag; antilock brakes; electronic brake-force distribution; brake assist; traction control; stability control; "Smart Stop Technology" brake override; tire-pressure monitoring system; 160-watt Pioneer audio system; Bluetooth connectivity; HD radio technology; and iPod connectivity.

The Scion iQ will have seven available exterior colors--Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Hot Lava, Pacific Blue Metallic and Black Currant Metallic--and will sell for $15,265 (P652,273).

Wow. Why do the Americans get all the nice (and affordable) cars?

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