Posted by Harish KumarApril 13, 2009 at 10:02 am
The Smartcart is the little city run-about and is currently very popular in Europe. The Americans are warming up to the Smart ForTwo Coupe and Smart ForTwo Cabriolet and during these recent economic times, more and more people are looking for smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient modes of transportation.
This Toyota Scion iQ is powered by a 1.3L 4 cylinder VVT-i engine, Five Axis custom stainless exhaust, 18 inch custom wheels with nickel finish prototyped by MetalFX, Yokohama S drive tires, TEIN Super Street coil over suspension, Five Axis wide body conversion kit and custom accented headlights and taillights.
Toyota believes it has a contender with it’s recently launched Scion iQ in the USA. Toyota will be selling the iQ through its Scion brand in North America. You can check out Anthony’s Tokyo Auto Salon exclusive pictures of 4 different modified iQ’s HERE: Toyota iQ as they have been on the Japanese market since October 2008.
Scion’s sport novel features and have captured the hearts of people who want something radically different and the iQ is no different. The iQ sports a 3 + 1 seating configuration. The concept is fairly simple and here is how it works – There are 4 seats in the normal configuration; two at the front and two in behind. The trick lies in the asymmetrical dashboard design due to which, the passenger beside the driver sits way forward and this creates enough room behind for an extra full sized adult.
The space behind the driver is just about sufficient for a kid. However, as we can see it, its more of a luggage shelf covered in soft foam and fabric. It’s clever too, the fuel tank is flat and housed beneath the floor as this means that the wheels are pushed to the corners resulting in a 78.7 inch wheelbase. Scion says that it gives the IQ a “Confident Stance”, ya whatever that means.
This is a clever concept and helps make use of valuable space in such a small car that is just 10 feet long. The IQ is actually meant for three adults plus luggage. It is 127 inches long and 71.4 inches wide and that means one thing – You can pretty much cram it in any space you get along the road and enjoy the film that you desperately came for.
The IQ was launched in Japan and Europe in 2008 and this show concept was created in association with Five Axis of Huntington Beach, Calif. While the normal IQ is a funky looking small car, these guys showed what can be done in terms of customization and they have ended up with one stunning IQ. The aggressive exteriors get over sized 20-inch nickel finish wheels that look perfect for those huge wheel arches and wouldn’t look out of place on a Import tuner. Also completing the tuned look are the custom made front air dam, aero headlamps and HID LED lamps.
The funky interiors complement the exteriors and attention to detail is stunning as found in the illuminated door handle, the swiveling spotlight that hovers over the dash, an illuminated Scion iQ logo on the passenger-side dash and nickel and raw aluminum toned interior panels. Iridescent green and gray honeycomb upholstery covering the door panels and seating areas, combined with the custom exterior paint finish the interiors.
The Scion iQ features a 10-inch panel LCD screen on top of the center cluster that serves as the main entertainment console and navigation system interface. The instrument panel has a speedometer, warning lamps, and a multi-information display. The multi-information display allows the driver to toggle through the odometer, average speed, temperature and eco lamp. The eco lamp illuminates during efficient driving to help the driver achieve maximum fuel economy.
“We believe the Scion iQ micro-subcompact concept is the future of transportation. If it should join our future line-up, I think it could reach iconic status like our xB. Its styling will attract attention and if it’s a Scion, you know it’ll be easy to personalize,” said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president.
While Scion is very optimistic, the IQ might be expensive when you consider its price in Europe which is around 10,000 Euros. At this price, the IQ is missing the point – It is out of reach of people who want it the most. So lets wait and see if Scion prices it competitively here.
Scion Reveals iQ Concept at the 2009 New York International Auto Show
NEW YORK, April 8, 2009 — At the New York Auto Show today, Scion unveiled a special concept version of the iQ micro-subcompact car designed to meet the transportation needs of young urban trendsetters.
Scion’s iQ concept is a new urban vehicle with a revolutionary package that is just over 10 feet in length and accommodates three plus luggage. As more and more urban centers are revitalized with a new sense of purpose, energy, and creativity, young people are moving in from the suburbs to embrace new urbanism and are looking for a car that suits their needs and delivers high emotional value.
Scion’s iQ concept is the intelligent answer to this need for highly emotional and efficient urban transportation. The convenience of having work, entertainment and culture nearby for young city-dwellers is a significant draw to urban centers. The vehicle must be able to navigate narrow, congested streets, park in tight places, have impressive fuel economy, and have compelling design and function.
“Scion’s iQ concept turns traditional auto design upside down,” said Jack Hollis, Scion vice president. “Traditionally small vehicles have been thought of as being basic. The iQ concept is just the opposite with its innovative features and iconic urban design, and we believe it fits in well within the Scion brand. Our young, trendsetting buyers are creative and innovative forward thinkers, and we think they will appreciate what iQ has to offer.”
The production iQ is currently sold in Japan and Europe. Five Axis of Huntington Beach, Calif. took the iQ to the next level with aggressive exterior and interior modifications that show the vehicle’s potential for personalization.With its 78.7-inch wheelbase, the three-door hatchback can deftly maneuver through city traffic. At the same time, its overall length of 126.9-inches, overall width of 71.4-inches, and short front and rear overhangs allow the iQ to fit in virtually any city parking space. The front-mounted differential and repositioned steering rack decrease front end length. In addition, the iQ is equipped with a flat gas tank housed beneath the floor that reduces rear overhang.
Pushing the wheels of the small, bold concept towards the four corners of the body gives the iQ a confident stance. The custom 18-inch wheels with a nickel finish and wide tires fill the wheel well, adding to its surefootedness. The iQ’s custom front air dam, aero headlamps and high-intensity LED driving lamps signal urban road readiness.
“We believe the Scion iQ micro-subcompact concept is the future of transportation,” said Hollis. “If it should join our future line-up, I think it could reach iconic status like our xB. Its styling will attract attention and if it’s a Scion, you know it’ll be easy to personalize.”
The iQ’s profile is defined by a strong and high beltline. Smooth lines glide from the large, dark finish headlamps, up the A-pillar, across the roof and wrap around the rear emphasizing the concept’s geometric beauty. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals accent the clean design.The rear emphasizes the vehicle’s modern style. Trapezoidal lines run toward the wheels, from the hatch to the thick rear diffuser, creating a substantial presence. A center-mounted trapezoid exhaust adds to the vehicle’s distinctiveness, while large, matte-finished rear taillights help keep the vehicle visible.
The iQ’s interior fuses function, style and entertainment. Attention to detail and modern accents can be seen in the illuminated door handle; the swiveling spotlight that hovers over the dash; an illuminated iQ logo on the passenger-side dash and nickel and raw aluminum toned interior panels. Iridescent green and gray honeycomb upholstery covering the door panels and seating areas, combined with the custom exterior paint, provides a balance of freshness and sophistication. Black matte scuba-like polyurethane covers the seat bolsters and is also used on the headliner with a bright green topstitch for a contemporary finish.
The iQ features a 10-inch panel LCD screen on top of the center cluster that serves as the main entertainment console and navigation system interface. With the push of a button, the touch-screen articulates to reveal the entertainment hub. The touch screen can also play movies while the vehicle is parked. When not in use, the screen lays flat on the dash with a translucent cover that emits a colorful display of light patterns to make the interior even more unique.
A few quick strokes to the black panel below the entertainment hub, or steering wheel controls, command the audio system to shuffle through a music library. The center cluster also features three control knobs for dual front heating and air conditioning settings. The driver and front passenger each have a knob that displays their desired temperature and controls their temperature and fan settings. The center knob dictates zone control for both occupants.
The instrument panel has a speedometer, warning lamps, and a multi-information display. The multi-information display allows the driver to toggle through the odometer, average speed, temperature and eco lamp. The eco lamp illuminates during efficient driving to help the driver achieve maximum fuel economy.
Comfortable front passenger legroom was achieved with a newly-engineered, compact air conditioning unit located behind the center of the front console. The iQ employs a glove bag, with the same textured, honeycomb fabric as the front and rear seats, that can be easily snapped on and off for storage or additional legroom.
Rear seating can accommodate one adult behind the front passenger and a child, small package, or pet behind the driver. Extra slim front seat backs provide rear passengers with legroom. The rear seats are 50/50 and fold flat for increased utility. In addition, the rear seat cushion lifts up to reveal a small flat storage space that can be used for pocket-sized portable music players, small books, digital cameras, or slim laptops.
The iQ does not skimp on safety and is equipped with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC); an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Brake Assist (BA); and nine SRS airbags, which includes the world’s first rear window curtain airbag. Other airbags include driver and front passenger front airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags; side curtain airbags; a driver knee airbag; and a front passenger seat cushion airbag.