2009 Scion iQ ConceptEnlarge Photo
Scion always does things differently. This year, they revealed their latest concept by dropping it from the ceiling of the Javits Center in a splash of lurid green lighting and blasting music.
The Scion iQ concept is a tricked-out, amped-up version of the well-received Toyota iQ micro-subcompact. Just a few inches more than 10 feet long—little larger than the Smart ForTwo—the iQ offers “3 + 1” seating, which translates to one adult-sized rear seat behind a front passenger seat that’s moved forward toward the dashboard. Toyota engineers reduced the size of the air conditioning compressor and repositioned the steering rack and front differential to maximize interior room.
In this case, the iQ concept was “Scionized” with a front air dam, side skirts, and bubble flares wrapped over 18-inch custom wheels. The paint changes color depending on the light and angle, from a shriekingly loud yellow to a queasy green hue—justifying its name, “Radioactive.”
Inside, the iQ has a retractable 10-inch LCD panel in the center of the dashboard. It controls the usual functions, including the entertainment hub and navigation system. The special sauce for Scion is the “colorful display of light patterns” that give it a “club-like vibe” while lying flat on the dash. More Scion touches include illuminated door handles, a swiveling spotlight hovering over the dash, and an illuminated iQ logo. The work came from customizer Five Axis of Huntingdon Beach, California.
As Scion pointed out, since 2002, they’ve shown a whole variety of concept cars—some that turned into production cars and others that may never make it, but live on for their jaw-dropping style. (We’re still fond of last year’s love-it-or-hate-it Scion Hako concept.) In this case, expect the iQ to show up at your local Scion dealer a year or so from now—minus some of the flashy touches.—John Voelcker