Revealed: Toyota iQ minicar concept

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Revealed: Toyota iQ minicar

Revealed: Toyota iQ minicar

Following the debut of the Volkswagen up! earlier today, Toyota has its own minicar rival with the of the new iQ. Toyota’s new concept is significantly than the up. measuring just in length, but still has room for with occupants sitting in a 3+1 arrangement. Last month, revealed Toyota was planning to a new minicar in Europe in less two years and would eventually a low cost version for emerging

This latest concept is to resemble that final vehicle.

The car’s design the driver and two passengers sit up front, a fourth person is relegated to a seat in the rear. One of the key goals of its was to ensure there was enough for a large …. Toyota’s RD Chief commented at the unveiling people aren’t willing to less cabin space because the car is smaller.

To further save space, of the controls, including the audio and functions, are integrated in the steering with information presented via a

Other features include alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof. Toyota is yet to reveal the source for the new concept but, by the the production version arrives in we suspect new all-electric drivetrains be available as well as ultra-efficient turbo units.



* World debut of iQ concept at the Frankfurt Motor

* Ultra-compact but space efficient for urban motoring

* Created at ED2, Toyota’s design studio

* Flexible 3+1 can seat three adults an additional child

* Focus on low impact

The Toyota iQ concept, today at the Frankfurt Motor marks a step change in car design, challenging conventional by being small, yet spacious and in premium quality features. an ultra-compact vehicle that exceptional space efficiency and is tailored to the lifestyle needs and concerns of Europe’s modern

The iQ concept was created at ED2, European design studio in the of France, following the principles of ‘vibrant clarity’ design – forward-looking, intelligent and energetic, clarity of purpose and function.

Hirai, Manager of Toyota Corporation’s design activities, “The iQ concept is designed to and enhance the lifestyle of its owners. In an environment, people want to themselves through dynamic and design, but at the same time factors such as size, and CO2 emissions cannot be ignored.

“Bringing these contradictory together in synergy was critical to the iQ it’s a way of thinking we call the a philosophy at the heart of all our activities.”

two centimetres shy of three metres in the iQ concept takes a radical to vehicle packaging and design. It the current limitations of ultra-compact transport by having a versatile that can accommodate three plus luggage space or for a fourth, child passenger.

It Toyota’s commitment to reducing emissions through innovative its small size helping the problems caused by increased congestion.


The iQ concept is designed to confidence and vibrancy in every giving it urban high status. The exterior is simple, but the width of the vehicle gives a robust stance. Viewed in the ultra-short overhangs and cab-forward create a dynamic look, ensuring maximum usable is gained in the cabin.

The structures the 17-inch tyres form of the minimal overhangs, adding to the of strength and agility. Inside, the panel has a simple geometric that contributes to the overall feel of the interior, while the console flows in a manta – complete with chrome ‘tail’ – around the instruments to a vivid central feature, a shape that is echoed in the door trims.

Overall, the iQ has an ‘on-the-edge’ style, expressed in such as the purple shimmer in its white paint finish, snakeskin steering wheel and purple accents in the seats, trims and dashboard.

Compact, not compromised

The iQ is the world’s four-seat passenger concept At 2,980mm long, it is 425mm than Aygo, but comparable to in width and height (1,680 x

It has seating for three adults a child, with the option of the fourth seat for luggage In regular use, driver and sit side by side, but by sliding the seat further forwards room for an extra … and in the rear.

Intelligent space-saving and miniaturised technology help up interior space, for example the heating unit that up less room in the centre A single central dial the interior temperature and ventilation directly in the driver’s eyeline, a three-dimensional three-in-one speed, rpm and level read-out mounted the steering column. Audio and controls are integrated into the wheel, with the route-finding projected in a head-up display.

The panoramic glass sunroof to the light and open feel of the while at night the interior has a more mysterious ambience, to the iQ concept’s high fashion

The small size has required no in safety standards, with a passenger compartment safety that ensures optimum energy absorption.

In presenting the iQ Toyota reveals an intelligent new and technology package, a radical to the challenge of personal urban

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