2012 Scion iQ: full details, photos, specs and price

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Saturday July 23, 2011

2012 Scion iQ: full details, photos, specs and price

The full details of the Scion iQ, the world’s smallest four-seater, were recently released by Toyota North America. It can be recalled that immediately after the premium micro-subcompact debuted in California, its initial pricing information leaked. The most remarkable design features are a compact front-mounted differential, a high-mount steering rack with electronic power-steering, and a compact air-conditioning unit.

Furthermore, the iQ has a flat gas tank positioned under the floor that lessens rear overhang. Rear legroom is bigger with the use of slim-back front seats.

Meanwhile, the “3+1” offset seating arrangement permits one adult to sit behind the front passenger and a child or small package could be positioned at the back of the driver.

The 2012 iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that has an output of 94hp and 89 lb.-ft (120 Nm) of torque, mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). In terms of safety, this car features no less than 11 standard airbags, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and the Star Safety System, which consists of ABS, EBD, BA, TRAC, VSC and mart Stop Technology brake-override.

Offered as standard on the iQ is a Scion Drive Monitor that presents information such as outside temperature, average MPG and an ECO-drive indicator (which assists the driver to optimize its fuel efficiency). It also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching as standard.

The new iQ has a price tag of $15,265 and is set to arrive this October at west coast dealerships. Other regions will get the model in early 2012. There are seven exterior colors to choose from: Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Hot Lava, Pacific Blue Metallic and Black Currant Metallic.