2011 Toyota iQ receives interior upgrades and Euro 5 engines

Article by Christian A., 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.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

One of the executives at Volkswagen tagged in the so-called Dieselgate scandal has pleaded not guilty to a list of allegations surrounding the carmaker’s actions to cheat emissions regulations in...
by - February 27, 2017
When the Crown De Luxe saloon was first released in 1972, it was at that time the most lavish Toyota model available to British customers. Both unusual and exclusive, one...
by - February 27, 2017
The ride-sharing fleet of sharing Lyft Inc. will soon include thousands of specially fitted self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, courtesy of General Motors. If plans push through, Lyft’s clients would...
by - February 27, 2017
J.D. Power has officially released the 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, an annual list of the most dependable brands in the auto industry. Once again coming on top is Lexus, the...
by - February 26, 2017
Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5. While still on sale on this part of the...
by - February 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries