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2011 Scion iQ Coming in March, Staying a While

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2011 Scion iQ

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When the Smart-like 2011 Scion iQ shows up in dealers next year, it's likely to give the Daimler-built two-seat city car some heartburn.

The vice president of Scion, Toyota's brand-within-a-brand, confirmed this week at the press launch of the 2011 Scion tC that the new iQ will arrive in the U.S. early next year with a Smart ForTwo-like package and much more functionality, like its unique "three-plus-one" seating and a more conventional CVT, as opposed to the Smart's automatic clutch.

Power will come from a 1.3-liter engine with more than 90 horsepower, and fuel economy will be like that of the Smart, which earns an EPA rating of 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway.

Separately, we've has learned from other sources that the iQ will be in showrooms in March, and will be priced competitively with the Smart ForTwo. It will also allow owners to fit a car seat inside, a big leap of functionality over the ForTwo.

Hollis also told High Gear Media that the Scion iQ is set to run for four model years in the U.S. Americans will be getting the iQ more than two years into its life cycle, and in Asia and Europe, the iQ will be replaced in the 2013-2014 time frame. To give the U.S. market an additional model year, Toyota will produce enough 2014 iQ hatchbacks to be sold in America while it retools factories elsewhere to begin building a new version.

We'll be driving the Scion iQ late this year, so stay tuned for more.

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  1. D'oh! The CVT is an absolute deal-breaker for any male buyers. Is it really so hard to offer a stick?
     
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  2. The smart can hold a car seat just fine.
    http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu152/ForestAcademy/2010%20Smart%20car%20Nationals/th_DSCF0020-3.jpg?t=1281029930
    http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu152/ForestAcademy/2010%20Smart%20car%20Nationals/th_DSCF0022-3.jpg?t=1281029930
     
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  3. Hate my CVT on my versa. Had to be replaced at 50k. They can not be repaired, only replaced
     
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  4. An I the one who's a complete idiot ? Maybe.
    I can not figure out why a car of this size does not achieve at least 50 mpg ?
    Does a tiny engine suffer so much from it's diminutive size that it can not reach just 25% more MPH than a 'big enough for a family' Honda Civic ?
    This is why I thought the Smart was incorrectly named and also why I probably wont be purchasing the iQ either. It's a shame - I would have liked it for 'bankin' around town - but not when it makes me feel like I'm being 'takin' for a sucker.'
    I expect 60mpg from a machine that requires me to give up so much 'real-estate' in return.
     
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  5. @PulSamsara: I guess motorcycles and scooters that are 4 or 5 times smaller and 1/4 to 1/5 of the weight of a compact car should get 200 MPG? But, they don't. Most motorcycles seem to get 35 - 50 MPG as well. A small engine moving a small car or cycle is working nearly as hard as large engine moving a larger car. Small gas engines have lower torque values as well, so they are typically geared lower which reduces highway mileage. My wife and I drive a smart and AVERAGE over 43 MPG on our 70 mile/day commute (see Fuelly.com for data), which isn't bad for a $14K commuter car. But, I would love to have the diesel variant and push 70 US MPG.
     
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