(from Scion Press
Release) 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
“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
“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
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
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.