iQ Sales Launch with 1.0L Gasoline and 1.4L Diesel; New 1.33L Gasoline Engine with Stop/Start Due in 2009
Toyota’s new iQ city car (earlier post) is now on sale in Europe in two trim levels (iQ and iQ2), with first deliveries in January. At launch, the iQ range offers two engines: a 1.0-liter VVT-i gasoline engine and a 1.4-liter D4-D diesel. A new 1.33-liter dual VVT-i gasoline engine with stop-and-start technology will be available later in 2009.
|The Toyota iQ. Click to enlarge.|
At launch there is a choice of three types of transmission, including a newly developed Multidrive transmission. All launch models conform to Euro IV regulations.
The entry-level gasoline iQ with 5-speed manual transmission offers combined cycle (NEDC) fuel consumption of 4.3 L/100km (55 mpg US) and 99 gCO2/km. The model with Multidrive carries a 4.7 L/100km (50 mpg US) and 110 g/km rating.
The iQ gasoline engine delivers maximum power of 50 kW (67 hp) @ 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 91 Nm (67 lb-ft) @ 4,800 rpm.
The 1.4L D4-D turbodiesel will deliver 66 kW (89 hp) of power @ 3,400 rpm and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm. Fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, the diesel iQ’s fuel consumption is 4.1 L/100km (57 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 103 g/km.
The Multidrive transmission is Toyota’s latest continuously variable transmission technology. It continuously monitors and selects the most appropriate gear ratio and shifting speed, automatically eliminating ‘shift shock’ or jumping while changing gear. It maximizes available engine torque without unnecessary acceleration, as well as smoothing gear ratio changes.
A Gear Shift Indicator fitted on manual transmission models indicates to the driver when to shift up or down for optimal environmental performance. The system takes into account the driving conditions, including the level that the accelerator pedal is pressed and the vehicle speed. This indicator may result in a 0.5% to 3% fuel consumption reduction compared to normal gear shifting, depending on driver’s personal driving habits.
Multidrive models have an ECO driving indicator lamp on the multi-information display that encourages drivers to drive more economically by signalling when fuel and therefore CO2 are being saved. Current and average fuel consumption is also continuously shown.
Toyota expects yearly iQ sales to be around 80,000 units in Europe.