Chief engineer Hiroki Nakajima says the Toyota iQ is central to Toyota’s global carbon dioxide reduction strategy. Toyota first gave us a hint for a U.S. based iQ with the Scion iQ concept that made its debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show in April. According to Motor Trend, you can expect to see the Scion iQ on the roads by early 2011.
Based on the Toyota iQ 3+1 city car, the North American version will be lengthened by an inch and a half and will receive other minimal changes to meet U.S. standards.
The Scion iQ concept is powered by a 1.3L 4-cylinder VVT-i making 93-hp with a peak torque of 89 lb-ft.
For those of you hoping for a hybrid model – don’t get ahead of yourself. Nakajima says that fitting a hybrid system into a car as small as the iQ would prove to be significantly difficult and costly. Nonetheless, Toyota has confirmed that its iQ based FT-EV concept will make it into production by 2012. No word on whether the battery-electric-vehicle (BEV) version of the iQ will come to the United States.
Scion iQ Concept:
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Source: Motor Trend