2011 Scion iQ
2011 Scion tC
2011 Scion iQ (top); 2011 Scion tC. Click image to enlarge

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2011 Scion iQ
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New York, New York – Scion has presented two new production vehicles at the New York Auto Show: the all-new 2011 iQ premium micro-subcompact, and second-generation 2011 tC sports coupe.

The tC is scheduled to arrive in dealerships this fall, while the iQ will go on sale in early 2011.

“Scion prides itself on being an innovative brand with a lineup of iconic vehicles that set automotive trends,” said Jack Hollis, vice-president of Scion. “The iQ will define the premium micro-subcompact segment as the choice for new urbanites who want clever transportation without a sacrifice in style or new features.”

The iQ hatchback has an overall length of only 3,050 mm (120 inches), allowing it to fit into virtually any urban parking scenario. Its space is further maximized with a compact air conditioning unit, inverted front-mounted differential, electronic power steering system with compact column, and flat gas tank housed beneath the floor.

Its functional “3-plus-1” seating equates to the world’s smallest four-passenger vehicle. With the two front seats slightly offset, the seating arrangement allows for one adult behind the front passenger and a child, small package, or pet behind the driver. The rear seats can be folded flat, creating enough storage to accommodate up to two golf club bags.

It will come with ten airbags, including the world’s first rear window curtain airbag, and uses a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine that produces over 90 horsepower.

The second-generation tC uses an all-new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 180 horsepower, 19 more than the previous model, but with increased fuel economy and lower emissions. The six-speed manual transmission has improved shift feel, while the previous four-cylinder automatic is now replaced with an optional six-speed automatic.

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