A short while back, Toyota released their new iQ concept to the world. Shorty after, they began talking about production and in doing so caught the attention of quite a few potential buyers. Now, it is becoming more and more apparent that the new subcompact concept will be branded as a Scion when it hits North American soil.
Of course, pretty much everything on the vehicle will remain very close to the original concept. The only massive change expected is to drop the 1.0 liter inline-3 that is currently powering the iQ in the Japanese and European markets. For the US, the newly unveiled 1.3 liter inline-4 was chosen to motivate the little vehicle.
The engine is good for 99 horsepower and roughly the same amount of torque. Interestingly enough, the new engine is rumored to return 59 miles per gallon of fuel. This figure is 4 more MPG than its 3 cylinder counterpart.
The Scion iQ is set to make another appearance at the New York Auto Show coming up next month, where additional details should be readily available. It will be interesting to see how well the iQ sells in North America as more consumers begin looking into the subcompact realm. It should also offer some "friendly competition" to the Smart ForTwo.