It might be only 2985mm long, 1680mm wide, with a 2.0m
wheelbase, yet, the new Toyota iQ did not only find the way to transport
up to four passengers in a minimum footprint on the road (such as a
turning radius of 3.9 metres), with the frugality of a 3-cylinder 996cc
petrol engine (12 valves, 68hp) or a 4-cylinder 1364cc D-4D turbodiesel
(16 valves, 90hp).
On top of that, the tiny 4-passenger got also sportier
ambitions which will soon materialise in a third
version to join in late June (late July in the UK), with a 1.33-litre
petrol engine developing 99hp. Considering the size, 99hp are not to
be taken too lightly.
Toyota iQ 1.33
Yet, beyond max. power (99hp/6000rpm), torque (125Nm /
4400rpm) and speed (170km/h, 106mph) considerations, the new 1329cc,
16-valve Dual VVT-i petrol engine will get Toyota's Optimal
Drive technology (based on reducing powertrain weight and friction
losses while maximising combustion efficiency. Read
more), a 6-speed manual transmission and a new Toyota Stop & Start
system fitted as standard.
Besides the standard 6-speed manual transmission, also
fitted with a standard Stop and Start system, the new iQ 1.33 Dual VVT-i
can be ordered with the optional Multidrive continuously variable
With the standard 6-speed transmission, the 1.33 litre
iQ consumes 4.8l/100km in the combined cycle (58.85 miles per imperial
gallon, or 49 US mpg) while generating CO2 emissions of just
113g/km (all fuel economy and emissions figures are preliminary and
subject to final homologation).
Toyota says that its new Stop & Start system can
reduce fuel consumption by up to 3% (depending on driving conditions), by
automatically stopping the engine when the shift lever is moved to the
neutral position and the clutch pedal is released. As soon as the clutch
pedal is depressed, the engine automatically restarts within less than
half a second.
The rapid restart is made possible through the use of a
permanently engaged gear mechanism in which the starter motor and the
flywheel are linked, via a ring gear, by a one-way clutch. The system is
maintenance-free and eliminates the torque limitations of a belt-driven
starter motor, while reducing also noise and vibration in cabin during
With the Multidrive transmission, preliminary fuel
consumption is 5.1l/100km (55.4 miles per imperial gallon, or 46.12 US
mpg), with 120g/km CO2 emissions.
The 1.33 Dual VVT-i comes with iQ3 grade,
including specific 16” alloy wheels and an exclusive ash grey launch
Fitted as standard with nine airbags and Toyota’s VSC+
traction control and dynamic stability technology, in addition to its
multi-load path body structure, iQ has been awarded a maximum, 5-star
safety rating under the Euro NCAP test criteria introduced in January