The 2012 Scion iQ was revealed back in July and represents firm’s new entry in the minicars segment. Based on the Toyota iQ, the Scion is only 59 inches tall, 66 inches wide and 10 feet long, and it 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).
Due to the fact that it is a minicar, the Scion iQ doesn’t offer plenty of space inside and comes with a “3+1” offset seating arrangement that permits one adult to sit behind the front passenger and a child or small package could be positioned at the back of the driver.
Still, the car offers all the safety systems seen on a larger car such as 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.
2012 Scion iQ will be priced from $15,995, including delivery charges be available in eight exterior colors: Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Hot Lava, Pacific Blue Metallic and Black Currant Metallic.
According to Jack Hollis, Scion vice president, the iQ will hit the West Coast dealerships in early December, while the dealers in the South and Southwest will get in in January and February. The East Coast and Midwest will receive it in March.
Many of the new generation of urban drivers, mostly trendsetters, have a particular set of needs. The Scion iQ however manages to meet these challenges by coming up with big ideas and then putting them inside a small package. While the Scion iQ is indeed a small car, the use of functional and intelligent packaging results in it having both the comfort and functionality one would expect from a vehicle that is two times its size. Being the smallest four-passenger car in the world, the Scion iQ utilizes what is known as the functional "3+1".
What this does is that the driver’s seat, as well as that of the front passenger, is positioned in a slightly off-set manner. Under this particular configuration, one adult passenger can be accommodated at the back of the front passenger while a child, pet, or a small package, can be put in the space behind the driver. The backs of the front seat are extra-slim, a first for the company, and thus ensure that the passenger in the rear gets enough legroom.
Furthermore, Scion made sure that the seats in the rear are versatile enough so that it can allow for a 50/50 split and even be folded flat and thus result in enough storage space to house even two golf bags. The efficient use of space is not the only thing in the Scion iQ as it also uses a variety of engineering innovations.
There are for example the electronic power-steering system that comes with the compact steering column, the inverted front-mounted differential, and the compact air-conditioning unit. All of these helped in a significant reduction to the length of the front end. In order to reduce the overhang in the rear, the Scion fitted the iQ with a flat gas tank and placed it under the floor.
In terms of design, the profile of the Scion iQ is dominated by the high and strong beltline which starts from the solid headlamps and then moves to the A-pillar and then across the roof which then wraps to the rear. This feature ensures that the geometric shape of the Scion iQ is highlighted. By having the turn signals integrated to the side mirrors, it gives it that clean design.
Going to the rear, once can see that it puts focus on the model’s more contemporary style. There are trapezoidal lines that begin at the hatch then runs toward the wheels and finally to the diffuser-like accent in the rear bumper, allowing for a substantial appearance. Its wheelbase measures 78.7 inches and the suspension comes with a rather unique design.
With the front bearing the MacPherson struts and the rear a torsion beam, it ensures that this three-door hatchback can skilfully move through urban traffic. Since the overall length is at 120.1 inches, width being at 66.1 inches, plus the short overhangs for both front and the rear, it not only gives the Scion iQ that confident stance but also makes sure that it is able to fit in most urban parking.