Correctly surmising that the under-30 hipster crowd is probably the only demographic their extremely fruity micro car will attract, Toyota slapped a body kit and a Scion badge on their subcompact iQ and dubbed it the ” intelligent answer to this need for highly emotional and efficient urban transportation.” Unveiled live for the first time on U.S. soil at the New York Auto Show today, the 2010 Scion iQ is a far cry from the Toyota iQ spotted abroad, but is still just another grisly interstate accident waiting to happen.
Powered by a 1.3L 4-cylinder VVT-i, the Scion iQ produces 93-horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque, which is roughly equivalent to what you could achieve on a pair of Rollerblades. Admittedly lacking in power, Scion stresses that the iQ is intended more for city driving where maneuverability, rather than horsepower, is what matters. Thus, measuring just 126.9″ x 71.4″, the iQ is the perfect size for quickly navigating through both dense traffic and beneath the front bumper of anything riding higher than a Camry. Scion also claims the iQ can seat 4, though probably in much the same way a standard bicycle can seat 3 – it only works if you’re built like a 12-year-old and don’t mind looking like a dumbass.
Featured today in concept form, although the production iQ is already available across Europe, it is unclear when it will see a North American arrival. If we play our cards right, hopefully never.