2012 Scion iQ prepares for October market launch in U.S.

The Small Scion iQ in The Big Country.


This October in the U.S. the Scion iQ will be launched, a city car that will compete with the Smart Fortwo and Fiat 500. The Scion iQ is already sold in Europe as Toyota iQ, which is not much different except for some minor external changes to front and rear bumpers, possibly due to pass American crash tests. Although statistics says that Americans prefer big cars, is now widely reported that the orientation of the car manufacturers to sell small cars in the United States is increasing. This was seen especially with the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500 and Smart Fortwo. The mini Scion iQ is less than 3,00 meters long, but can host up to four passengers, the iQ will have to convince Americans of its greater flexibility than the Smart Fortwo, which saw its sales fall gradually since its debut in 2008. The Smart Fortwo is for sale in the U.S. at $ 12,500.

Only one standard engine for the Scion iQ.

The Toyota Scion iQ, purely dedicated to the younger folk, features a petrol 1.3-L VVTi engine by 94 horsepower and 89 Nm of torque, combined to a continuously variable automatic transmission Multidrive, while in Europe the small iQ comes with standard six-speed transmission. The Toyota Scion iQ offers excellent levels of security, relying on 11 airbags, including the rear window one, which should protect the heads of rear passengers in the event of collision. The safety equipment also includes obviously ABS, ESP and traction control. The Scion iQ is considered a ULEV II (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) in the U.S. classification, through the low values โ€‹โ€‹of fuel consumption, which are stated at 37 miles per gallon.

Want to Buy a Electric Scion iQ? Maybe it’s a Mission Impossible, at least for now.

The Toyota Scion iQ will be sold in the autumn on the U.S. west coast, while in other states sometimes in 2012. The price of the small Scion iQ is estimated at $ 16,000 including taxes. The biggest car manufacturer in the world, has confirmed recently that the electric version of the Scion iQ, alsi planned for 2012, will be limited only to Car Sharing companies and corporate fleets.

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