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.
Its functional "3+1" seating defines the new Scion iQ as the smallest four-passenger vehicle in the world. Since the driver’s and front passenger’s seats are slightly off set, the vehicle could accommodate one more adult and a child on the rear cabin.
Moreover, the versatile seats on the rear come with 50/50 split and could be folded flat to pave more room for large suitcases. As standard, the new Scion iQ is provided with a steering wheel wrapped in leather with red stitching. This steering wheel has a flat bottom to allow for extra thigh room and incorporates audio controls for the iQ's sound system. Scion also provided the new iQ, as standard, with a Scion Drive Monitor that could show relevant information like average mpg and outside temperature, as well as an ECO-drive indicator that could allow drivers to maximize the car’s fuel efficiency.
Aside from the AM/FM/CD/HD/USB 160-watt maximum output Pioneer audio system, which is specified as standard equipment for all 2012 Scion models, are Bluetooth connectivity and HD Radio technology. Through Bluetooth, a compatible phone or personal media device could be paired with the audio system and stream music via the sound system.
In addition, the iQ’s audio system comes with an organic electroluminescent (OEL) screen -- with personalized welcome screen -- Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), a subwoofer RCA output and iPod/USB connectivity.
Scion has placed the USB port and universal auxiliary (AUX) port on the center console to enable users to play their music through the car’s four Pioneer speakers. Customers may want to avail of the optional feature on the 200-watt maximum output Pioneer Premium audio system -- a 5.8-inch LCD touch-screen display.
This optional audio system is enhanced by features like iTunes tagging and Pandora Internet radio connected through iPhone, as well as six RCA outputs. Customers may also avail of a 200-watt Scion Navigation audio system that boasts of all features of the standard and premium audio systems. It comes loaded with a navigation system and DVD player that could be accessed via a seven-inch touch-screen LCD display. This system comes with navigation functions like a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system loaded with a comprehensive map of the United States and Canada.