2011 Toyota iQ receives interior upgrades and Euro 5 engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 28, 2010

Although it is considered the world’s smallest four-seater car, the Toyota iQ is not short on style. The 2011 model year Toyota iQ received some changes in order to raise the quality factor and give customers more choice. A new grey interior color has been introduced, featuring contrasting black upper trims on the doors and toning fabric upholstery.

The new cabin will be available with Eclipse Black, Pearl White, Island Blue and Tyrol Silver exterior finishes, while the plum interior will be available with Deep Amethyst, Chilli Red and Decuma Grey.

According to Toyota, new soft-touch materials have been introduced and the “manta ray” motif panels on the door and centre console adopt a new black finish. Customers can choose as an option, the Kuru black leather upholstery on models with the new grey interior.

Under the hood, we find the Toyota Optimal Drive 1.0-litre VVT-i and 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engines, which have been revised to meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards.

The smaller 1.0-litre (manual) model delivers 99g/km and 64.2mpg (combined cycle), while the model fitted with the 1.33-litre (manual) with Stop & Start returns an official 113g/km and 57.6mpg. Pricing for the 2011 iQ starts at £10,158, in the UK.

Toyota, about five years ago, started a program that hoped to improve vehicle packaging by emphasizing innovative solutions that would miniaturize the different key features. The result of this project would lay the foundation of the Toyota iQ.

The goal of this car is to be able to fit in four people despite having less than 3 meters in total length. This particular solution is significant as it is expected to have long-term influence on the brand's future vehicle development.

Toyota iQ is therefore the best when it comes to a refined car that is environmentally efficient as well. The interior has amazing space with a length of 2,985 mm, width of 1,680 mm, and height of 1,500 mm. This proves just how ingenious and determined the brand's designers and engineers are.

iQ can accommodate four people, or three adults and one child, who are guaranteed a comfortable and safe driving experience. To create the unique iQ, Toyota had to start from scratch. In addition to the dimensions, its 2,000 mm wheelbase means that while the iQ may be a compact car, it also has a muscular appearance not seen in other cars.

The design of the iQ symbolizes the brand's tradition of the J-factor. This puts the emphasis on the best elements as it relates to Japanese aesthetics like modernism and miniaturization. It is also about balancing different contradictory elements like being "hi-tech yet human" or being "small yet spacious". The J-factor has long been the basis of the company's Vibrant Clarity design philosophy. This principle has allowed the company to solve different paradoxes like vehicles that are dynamic and energized but are also innovative and rational.

There are three key elements to this philosophy and one of these is called Freeform Geometrics. This can be observed in the techno-organic design of the iQ like the "manta ray" of its center console. The exterior also shows another important element which is "Perfect Imbalance of Proportions". Despite being a compact car, the extreme corners have large wheels resulting in a more robust stance.

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