Breaking: Scion iQ Hybrid Coming in 2011

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Breaking: Scion iQ Hybrid Coming in 2011
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The pieces of puzzle are starting to come together and it looks like Toyota is planning on launching a hybrid version of the iQ mini-car in North America, branded as a Scion. According to a report by InsideLine, the a concept version of this car is the “dedicated hybrid concept” that Toyota will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show next week.

The iQ Hybrid will be offered as both a five-door hatchback and as a sedan, with the hatch going on sale in 2011. Impressively, it will get over 60 mpg thanks to a 1.5-liter engine used as a part of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy drive.

In addition, the 3-door, currently sold in Europe and Japan will also be branded as a Scion in North America. The Smart fortwo-sized hatch will be powered by a 99-hp 1.3-liter 4-cylinder and be offered as a convertible as well. With the hybrid and non-hybrid versions, this will essentially add four new models to Scion’s product lineup.

Scion unveiled a concept version of the iQ at the New York Auto Show last year. See more of that car in the Gallery below.

GALLERY: Toyota iQ

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GALLERY: Scion iQ Concept

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[Source : InsideLine]

  • http://www.automotiveinsiderblog.com Henery Schaffer

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  • dz

    Really cool! I want one for running around town!!!

    And just what you need for your commute too!

  • PulSamsara

    I was rear ended at a stoplight last year.

    I love, love, love the idea behind this vehicle.
    But – I won’t, won’t won’t be buying one.

    I can still feel what that felt like to be hit – especially when I’m making a left turn with traffic to the right of me going by.

  • Palle.J

    Hvor vi dog elsker vores iq , meget kvik masser af komfort også på motorvej og især på lange strækninger for ikke at glemme at den er meget støjsvag , dem der ikke har prøvet en Toyota IQ kan jeg kun anbefale at få en prøvetur og helst i en diesel man bliver ikke skuffet. Vh Palle

  • Peter

    We are waiting on the first full hybrid IQ minicar, but we think that Hyundai is coming with that. Toyota is scary to bring it as first, japanese car makers except honda are not original