(from Scion Press
Release) Scion Unveils a New Dimension at the New York Auto
Show with All-New 2011 iQ and tC Production Models
NEW YORK (March 31, 2010) – A New Dimension of Scion was unveiled
today with two new production vehicles – the all-new 2011 iQ premium
micro-subcompact and the second-generation 2011 tC sports coupe – at
the New York International Auto Show. The tC is scheduled to arrive
in dealerships later this fall, while the iQ will go on sale in
“Scion prides itself on being an innovative brand with a lineup of
iconic vehicles that set automotive trends,” said Jack Hollis, vice
president of Scion. “The iQ will define the premium micro-subcompact
segment as the choice for new urbanites who want clever
transportation without a sacrifice in style or new features.”
“The all-new tC features styling that is both refined and
aggressive, appealing to a sports coupe owner who wants to make a
bold statement. The tC has had the youngest median age buyer in the
industry, and with more power, superior driving dynamics, and
increased fuel efficiency, that should remain the case with the new
tC as well.”
iQ Defines Premium
Meeting the needs of a
new trendsetting generation of urban drivers, the iQ succeeds at
taking big ideas and concentrating them into a small package. Made
possible by intelligent and functional packaging, the iQ is a small
car that offers the functionality and comfort that drivers expect
from a car twice its size.
The iQ’s profile, defined by a strong and high beltline, glides from
the large, stout headlamps, up the A-pillar, across the roof and
wraps around the rear, emphasizing the iQ’s geometric shape. 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 bumper’s rear
diffuser-like accent, creating a substantial presence. With a
78.7-inch wheelbase and a unique suspension design – consisting of
MacPherson struts up front, and a torsion beam rear suspension – the
three-door hatchback can deftly maneuver through city traffic. In
addition, its overall length of only 120.1-inches, width of
66.1-inches, and short front and rear overhangs create a confident
stance that still allows the iQ to fit into virtually any urban
Engineering innovations like a compact air-conditioning unit,
inverted front-mounted differential, and electronic power-steering
system with compact steering column, all amount to significant
decreases in front-end length. In addition, the iQ is equipped with
a flat gas tank housed beneath the floor that reduces rear overhang.
The iQ’s functional “3+1” seating equates to the world’s smallest
four-passenger vehicle. With the driver’s and front-passenger’s
seats being slightly off set, this innovative seating arrangement
allows for one adult behind the front passenger and a child, small
package, or pet behind the driver. A first for Scion, extra-slim
front seat backs are utilized to provide rear passengers with ample
legroom. The rear seats are extremely versatile, featuring a 50/50
split and the ability to fold flat, creating enough storage to
accommodate up to two golf bags.
The iQ is small in size but large on safety. Active safety features
include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), an anti-lock brake system
(ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist
(BA) and Traction Control (TRAC).
The iQ will come standard with 10 SRS airbags, including the world's
first rear-window curtain airbag. Other airbags include driver- and
front-passenger airbags; driver- and front-passenger seat-mounted
side airbags; side curtain airbags; driver- and front-passenger knee
airbags; and a Scion-first driver seat-cushion airbag.
The 2011 iQ is equipped with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that
produces over 90 horsepower and features the latest dual VVT-i,
which allows it to be impressively efficient, providing a broader
powerband yet requiring less fuel and generating fewer emissions.
The iQ’s engine is combined with a Continuously Variable
Transmission (CVT) that helps deliver smooth acceleration and
excellent fuel efficiency. The iQ will be rated as an Ultra Low
Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II), and it is expected to achieve a combined
fuel economy in the high 30s, comparable to similar vehicles that
feature less passenger and cargo capacity.
The iQ comes standard with a six-speaker audio system and is
available with multiple audio head units for various degrees of
audiophiles. All iQs will be outfitted with USB and auxiliary ports,
allowing personal devices to be easily integrated into the car.
Steering-wheel-mounted controls command the audio system to adjust
volume and shuffle through music sources such as CD, AM/FM,
auxiliary input, or a library from your iPod® or other USB device.