|The diesel Urban Cruiser.
Toyota will introduce three new vehicles at the upcoming Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile, 04-19 Oct): the third-generation Avensis, the production model of the iQ, showcased in design form earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show (earlier post), and the 1.4-liter D-4D diesel All Wheel Drive (AWD) urban cruiser, a new “urban all-roader”. (Earlier post.)
Measuring less than 3 meters in length, the iQ is the world’s smallest production premium 4-seater. Toyota will offer the iQ with a choice of two gasoline engines and one diesel. With its compact design, low weight and aerodynamic shape, the iQ will have CO2 emissions starting at 99 g/km. Production will commence late this year, with 100,000 units expected worldwide in the first full year.
Important for a car of this size, the iQ will offer 360° protection to all occupants with high levels of active and passive safety, including the world’s first rear window curtain shield airbags.
The new Urban Cruiser will feature a 1.4-liter D-4D diesel engine. The CO2 emissions level is 133 g/km for the AWD version. Toyota also uses a 1.4L D-4D in its compact hatchback Auris. The 1.4-liter D-4D 90 engine in the Auris is well-suited for city driving, Toyota says, but is also economical out on the open road.
The engine has a flat torque curve, developing a maximum 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) from 1,800 to 3,000 rpm. Maximum power of 89 bhp (66 kW) is produced at 3,800 rpm. The engine has a catalytic converter inside the Exhaust Gas Recirculation unit’s cooling system to improve emissions control.
The Avensis is Toyota’s European flagship D-segment model, and will feature a new design as well as new, more powerful but more fuel efficient engines, the company says.