SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Toyota’s Scion brand announced details about its 2012-MY iQ, a “micro-subcompact” that the automaker is saying is the world’s smallest four-seater. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2012 iQ is $15,265. Toyota also said recently that it plans to offer a fleet-only EV version of the Scion iQ.

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The 2012 iQ is equipped with a 1.3L, four-cylinder engine capable of producing 94 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft. of torque. Toyota said the iQ is rated an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) and achieves an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 37 miles per gallon. The engine is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).


The Scion iQ has a 78.7-inch wheelbase and a suspension design that consists of MacPherson struts up front and a compact torsion beam rear suspension. Its total length is 120.1-inches and a width of 66.1-inches. Scion said the iQ will be available in seven exterior colors, including Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Hot Lava, Pacific Blue Metallic, and Black Currant Metallic. The wheels are 16-inches, tires are 175/60R16 all-season steel-belted radials.


The four-seat configuration in the iQ features driver and front passenger seats that are slightly off set. The rear seats feature a 50/50 split and can fold flat. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard and has a flat bottom for additional thigh room. It also incorporates audio controls. In terms of displays, the iQ comes with a Scion Drive Monitor that shows outside temperature, average mpg, and an ECO-drive indicator. Standard features for all 2012 Scions include Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, and a Pioneer sound system.


A Scion Navigation audio system is also available. The SNS 200 system comes with the features of the standard and premium audio systems but adds a navigation system and DVD player. They are accessible through a seven-inch touch-screen LCD display. Navigation functions include a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system with U.S. and Canada map coverage plus points of interest.