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Breaking: Scion iQ Hybrid Coming in 2011
Thursday January 7 2010

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.

More: Breaking: Scion iQ Hybrid Coming in 2011 on AutoGuide.com
 

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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.
Thats all I wanted to hear!!!!!

The 5 door hatchback will be much larger, its not the IQ we have come to know, its a different car yet to be seen
 

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But no info at Detroit.

And the 5 door hatchback is the Toyota FCH or whatever it is called....not a good looking car at all. Another thread about it in general discussion.
 

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I have been thinking about the idea of an IQ hybrid and you know, I think I would still buy it with standard internal combustion engine. I am afraid the extra weight of the batteries would make it handle like a shopping cart. A big part of the appeal of the IQ for me is it's light weight. 5 or 10 extra mpg just wont do it for me.
 
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