Now that America is ready to embrace micro cars, Toyota sends its little iQ across the pond and sell it as the new 2012 Scion iQ.
Sales of the Scion iQ will begin in October 2011 with prices starting from $15,265 plus $730 destination charge. That sound like a lot for such a tiny car, but then it is one intelligent vehicle.To make the best of size for creating maximum interior space, the iQ features innovative technologies, including compact front-mounted differential, high-mount steering rack with electronic power-steering, and a compact air-conditioning.
The car is powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 94 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft of torque, connected to a CVT gearbox with average fuel consumption of 37 mpg. All iQs will come standard with the Star Safety System ™, which includes anti-lock 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.
As for the equipments, you are very well covered. It even gets the standard AM/FM/CD/HD/USB 160-watt maximum output Pioneer. The optional 200-watt maximum output Pioneer Premium audio system has the same features as the standard Pioneer audio, but it is enhanced with a 5.8-inch LCD touch-screen display, features iTunes® tagging, Pandora® internet radio connected through iPhone®, and six RCA outputs to add external amplifiers.
The iQ will be available in seven exterior colors, including Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Hot Lava, Pacific Blue Metallic and Black Currant Metallic.