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2012 Scion iQ micro-subcompact in US dealerships starting in October

Scion’s 2012 iQ premium micro-subcompact will begin arriving in dealerships this October. The Scion iQ is only 10 feet long yet seats four people.

2012 Scion iQ. Click to enlarge.

Six engineering innovations enable iQ’s ability to be small in size, but large in capability: a compact front-mounted differential; high-mount steering rack with electronic power-steering; and a compact air-conditioning unit all amount to significant decreases in front-end length. In addition, the iQ is equipped with a flat gas tank housed beneath the floor that reduces rear overhang. Slim-back front seats optimize rear legroom, while the “3+1” offset seating arrangement allows one adult to sit behind the front passenger and a child or small package behind the driver.

The 2012 iQ is equipped with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 94 hp (70 kW) and 89 lb-ft (121 N·m) of torque. It features the latest dual VVT-i, which allows the engine to be efficient, providing a broader powerband yet requiring less fuel and generating fewer emissions. The engine is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The iQ is rated an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) and achieves an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 37 mpg US (6.4 L/100km).

The iQ features an industry leading 11 standard airbags, including the world’s first rear window airbag. Other airbags include driver- and front-passenger airbags; driver- and front-passenger seatmounted side airbags; side curtain airbags; driver- and front-passenger knee airbags; and a Scion-first driver- and front-passenger seat-cushion airbags.

All iQs will come standard with the Star Safety System, which includes antilock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Smart Stop Technology brake-override. A tire-pressure monitoring system is also standard equipment.

The iQ comes standard with a Scion Drive Monitor that displays information such as outside temperature, average MPG and an ECO-drive indicator that helps the driver maximize the iQ’s fuel efficiency.

The 2012 Scion iQ will begin arriving at dealerships on the west coast starting in October. The car will be available in other regions of the country beginning in early 2012. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2012 iQ is $15,265. The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $730 and is not included in the MSRP. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.



Seems to be a worthwhile competitor for the Smart 4-2 and many other mini cars. Schools-hospital-factories etc would need smaller parking lots if students-teachers-shoppers-workers etc make use of these smaller vehicles. They would also use 50% less imported fuel.

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