Toyota's latest gas-sipper has hit the European market, but American buyers will have to wait a bit longer. First unveiled at the 2008 Geneva motor show, the iQ is a small city car which will compete with the similarly priced, but less roomy smart fortwo (the latter only seats two while the iQ can seat three adults and a child).
The iQ should appeal to young urban drivers. The price tag is rumored to be around $15,000 and the car is supposed to get 59 mpg, courtesy of its 1.4 liter D4-D diesel engine. By 2009, a smaller 1.33-liter engine will be available.
Besides the engine size, the iQ has a few additional fuel-saving features. Its Multidrive transmission continuously monitors and selects the best gear ratio and shifting speeds, which can maximize engine torque. It also features a display, called the “ECO” driving lamp, which alerts drivers as to when to they can save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The Gear Shift indicator on the manual transmission models tells drivers when to shift up or down for optimal environmental performance, taking into account the driving conditions. This indicator alone could result in lowering fuel consumption by .5-3%
So when will we be able to buy the iQ here in the US? Toyota isn’t saying yet, but they might have more information for us at November’s LA auto show.
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