Toyota iQ to get stop/start technology and 1.4L diesel

Toyota is already taking orders for its new iQ minicar with deliveries to begin as early as January 2009. At launch, the iQ will be offered with a 1.0L VVT-i petrol engine that produces 67-hp and a peak torque of 67 lb-ft. Mated to either a 5-speed manual or Toyota’s new Multidrive CVT system, the iQ is capable of returning a fuel-economy of 55 mpg.

Toyota has already confirmed that a new 1.33L Dual VVT-i petrol engine with stop/start technology will also joining the iQ lineup in 2009. A 1.4L diesel unit will also be offered in select European markets, reducing fuel-consumption.

We’ve previously heard that Toyota is also working on a plug-in hybrid version of the iQ. The model is expected to 15 miles on electric-power alone.

Click through for high-res images of the Toyota iQ from the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

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