57 MPG Toyota iQ Goes on Sale in Europe, No U.S. Release Date Yet

Toyota^ iQ Small City Urban Car photo

Toyota iQ City Car
The Toyota iQ is making quite a few waves: Thanks to its 3+1 seating arrangement, it is the the smallest 4-passenger car in the world, its design has gotten lots of attention, even from the Royal College of Art, and it is also the first car with a rear curtain airbag for improved safety.

Now Europeans have a chance to buy one (though deliveries will only start in January). Read on for more details on available engines, MPG, and fuel-saving features.

Toyota iQ inside seats photo

Toyota iQ Technical Specifications
First, before someone asks, the 57 MPG figure in the title of the post is in US gallons. It is a conversion of the 4.1 L/100km rating that the 1.4 Diesel model gets. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

The Toyota iQ is offered in two trim levels (IQ and IQ2), and with two different engines. A 1.0-liter gasoline 3 cylinders that generates 50 kW (67 hp) @ 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 91 Nm (67 lb-ft) @ 4,800 rpm, which is decent for such a small and light car. Fuel economy is 4.3 L/100km (55 mpg US) and 99 grams of CO2/km.

The 1.4-liter turbodiesel engine generates 66 kW (89 hp) of power @ 3,400 rpm and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm. Fuel econony is 4.1 L/100km (57 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 103 g/km (a tad better on fuel efficiency, a tad worse on CO2 emissions).

New Engine and Stop-Start Coming in 2009
There is a third versions coming for 2009: A new 1.33-liter dual VVT-i gasoline engine with stop-and-start technology (the engine stops instead of idling at red lights and such, restarting instantaneously when you take your foot off the brake pedal).

Toyota iQ Dash photo

ECO Indicator Helps You Save Gas
The Toyota iQ has two feedback systems to help the driver achieve better gas mileage. The first is:

A Gear Shift Indicator fitted on manual transmission models indicates to the driver when to shift up or down for optimal environmental performance. The system takes into account the driving conditions, including the level that the accelerator pedal is pressed and the vehicle speed. This indicator may result in a 0.5% to 3% fuel consumption reduction compared to normal gear shifting, depending on driver’s personal driving habits.

And the second is only available on models that use Toyota's "Multidrive" transmission, a kind of CVT. It's an ECO indicator in the dash that shows you when you are driving efficiently. There's also a MPG gauge that shows current and average fuel consumption.

More about Toyota iQ on page 2!

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