Frankfurt Motor Show: Toyota iQ Sports and iQ Collection

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2009

Being small certainly isn´t synonymous to being insignificant as proven by the Toyota iQ, which attracted a lot of attention at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Shown were two bold new designs that made everyone conclude that responsible, sub-100g/km motoring can be exciting as well. The iQ, the world's smallest four-seat production car, already gets plenty of attention due to its contemporary and compact styling.

Now that Toyota is displaying how the iQ could be customized with street-cool body kits and vibrant interiors, it is bound to attract even more interest. The Toyota iQ Collection is focused mainly on the cabin. The body's white pearl finish is seen as well on the trim details such as the center console, instrument binnacle and door panels.

A matching white shade is seen on the leather upholstery. Exclusive to the show model is a central seat panel design. Since the roof is fully glazed, it makes for an exceptionally light and bright interior.

Inspired by urban street style, Toyota iQ for Sports has a bespoke body kit that accentuates iQ's broad stance, powerful geometry and clean, sweeping lines. The car rides on custom-made 18-inch alloys and features aero-headlamps with high-intensity LED driving lights.

Also featured are a rear roof spoiler and a trapezoidal central exhaust. For its interiors, radical styling continues to be the theme. It has illuminated door handles, a swiveling spotlight on top of the dash, an illuminated iQ logo and trim panels crafted in raw nickel and aluminum.

The seats are finished in bright green and grey upholstery, with contrasting bolsters in a matt-black scuba-style polyurethane. The headlining is also a vibrant green. A 10-inch LCD touch-screen controls on-board entertainment and navigation. It even has DVD playback and music library functions.

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