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2010 Scion iQ Concept Debuts At NY Show, Still Fails To Impress

Posted in Auto Show, Cars, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Foreign Cars, Micro Cars, New Cars, New York Auto Show, Newsworthy, Pictures, Scion, Toyota by Suzanne Denbow | April 8th, 2009 | 8 Responses |


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.

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8 Responses

  1. There’s no reason this can’t be a great little runabout. Small cars CAN be fun–shall I remind you that the Toyota Aygo is excellent at soccer?

  2. Tony says:

    Looks like a Penny Racer. Dash looks intersting enough but I think I’d rather be caught on a moped.

  3. D. says:

    Ms Denbow seems to be a clueless one. Wouldn’t expect better from you though. This car is impressive for the purpose it is meant to serve; you fail a delivering a decent article. No wonder I’ve only just seen this piece.

  4. BTLFED says:

    LOL @ D. How do you figure its a bad article? Not Autoblog enough for you? Im sure your opinion is in the minority around here, and if you dont like it then run off somewhere else. You wont be missed.

    The only thing I disagree a bit with in this article is this tiny shitbox (cars should not look like they have fangs…ever) is the down on horsepower part. The first generation Scion xB had 108 horsepower and I know from experience that the stick version still got around quite well in town, on the freeway, and even from Georgia to Maryland and back. Im sure the xB weighs more than this real life Hot Wheels car, so depending on transmission gearing this thing may still get around pretty well (the 5speed xB was pretty short geared). Think weight to horsepower. Would I drive one? Hell no. That thing makes my CRX look like a wagon. I admire where Toyota is at least trying to go with it though (get rid of the fangs, keep the flares).

  5. kenny says:

    The author is a spaz, please; you are missing the whole point of this car. Don’t want to drive, in your words, a shitbox, then don’t. For me, it’s exactly the car I’m looking for and I couldn’t be happier that they dropped the 1.5 L for the all-new 1.33 L, which is more fuel-efficient. It’s got all the horsepower you need and the top speed is over 100 mph (illegal in all 50 states). Admittedly it will take a ½ day to get there, but this car is about economy and getting around in the City. If you want budget performance get a Mazda 3.

    While living abroad I’ve been driving an 800cc Chevy/Daewoo Matiz – great fun! I’d like to take it home, but the Gov-ment, who knows what best for me (and everybody else) says no. The iQ will seat 2 in comfort, maybe 3 – sure the 4th guy gets a Camaro back seat, but so what? Again, that’s not what this car is about. I’ve got a big family car (Mazda 3) and a pickup (Silverado) — what I need is a little car for banging around town picking up groceries and doing errands.

  6. Matthew says:

    Much more practical than the Smartcar :-)

  7. new tc says:

    I think the best part of this car is that it won’t suffer from “Unintended Acceleration” because, well, it won’t suffer from any acceleration whatsoever.

  8. I think the Scion iQ is definitely better looking that the SmartCar. I can see the Scion doing well in European cities where the roads are narrow and parking scarce. Some people may scoff at tiny cars but believe it or not, I’ve seen quite a few “small car” sightings where I live. They aren’t super common but I have seen a few here and there. Who knows, it might take off….