“Scion’s iQ concept turns traditional auto design upside down,” said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. “Traditionally small vehicles have been thought of as being basic. The iQ concept is just the opposite with its innovative features and iconic urban design, and we believe it fits in well within the Scion brand. Our young, trendsetting buyers are creative and innovative forward thinkers, and we think they will appreciate what iQ has to offer.”
The car was officially revealed at the 2009 New York Auto Show in the form of a concept powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder VVT-i engine that develops 93 horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque. However, the future US range will include more engines as it follows: a 1.0-liter l-3 plus a 1.4-liter diesel.
As for the safety features, the car has nine airbags, according to the aforementioned source, with the production model expected to be longer by an inch and a half.
The concept's interiors featured illuminated door handles, illuminated iQ logo on the passenger-side dash and nickel and raw aluminum interior panels. A 10-inch panel LCD screen provides access to navigation features and entertainment console. Furthermore, a multi-information display lets the driver browse through the odometer, the average speed, temperature and eco lamp.
Nevertheless, not all the features seen on the concept will make it to the production model but mode retails are expected to be released in the upcoming months as we get closer to the public unveiling.