2009 New York Auto Show: Scion iQ Concept Shows Production Potential
by KBB.com Editors | April 9, 2009 9:13 AM
It's no secret that Scion has been looking broaden its U.S. lineup with a new entry aimed at younger and more influential trendsetters. After months of rumors and speculation, the division finally unveiled this high-profile one-off based on Toyota's award-winning iQ micro-compact car. Although fitted with the same 98-horsepower/1.3-liter engine and maintaining a 3+1 seating configuration, the Scionized iQ has seriously revised interior and exterior visuals courtesy of Five Axis of Huntington Beach, California. The Five Axis bodywork brings far more aggressive side sculpting and fender flares -- the latter to better contain 18-inch custom alloy wheels wrapped in 40-series Yokohama S.drive tires -- complemented by custom front/rear lighting. Handling is enhanced by a TIEN Super Street coilover suspension system while the re-trimmed interior boasts a 10-inch LCD touch screen that integrates audio and navigation functions. As for its ultimate fate, Scion VP Jack Hollis did note: "We believe the Scion iQ micro-subcompact concept is the future of transportation. If it should join our future lineup, 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 personalize."