Scion Introduces iQ Concept in New YorkPosted on April 8th, 2009
Micro-car appeals to active urbanites
The recent fuel crisis has forced many Americans to rethink downsizing. The Scion iQ, a micro-subcompact car currently sold in Japan and Europe, might be ready to come ashore.
A customized version on display at this week’s New York International Auto Show proves that small doesn’t mean dull. Five Axis of Huntington Beach, California transformed the iQ exterior with custom lighting, wheels and ground effects. The show car’s lime green paint could stop traffic in Times Square.
But the real beauty for people with active lifestyles is its versatile interior. Despite its 6-1/2 foot wheelbase, the iQ has enough room inside for three adults and their luggage.
Engineers made the most of the car’s small footprint by positioning a flat gas tank under the floor to reduce its rear overhang. A compact air conditioning unit located near the center of the front console saves room under the hood.
The rear seats fold flat in a 50/50 pattern to extend the cargo floor. The rear seat cushion flips up to reveal a flat storage space beneath for stashing a thin laptop, or other electronic devices.
With an overall width of 71.4-inches, the iQ is narrow enough to weave through traffic. Its overall length is just over 10 feet, so the iQ slips easily into parallel parking spots.
The concept car’s eighteen-inch rims and LED headlamps appeal to the tuner crowd. A ten-inch multi-function display inside serves as the hub for the navigation system and entertainment console. The touch screen can also play movies when the car is parked.
An eco lamp illuminates to indicate driver efficiency. Comfort and convenience features include dual-zone climate controls and a downloadable hard drive.
The iQ comes with standard antilock brakes, vehicle stability control and nine airbags, including the first rear window curtain airbag.
For a closer look at the iQ, visit Scion’s public web site.
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