Toyota is making plans to start selling what is being described as a city commuter vehicle. The automobile will be badged with the Scion moniker and is called the iQ 3+1. According to recent reports the 3+1 describes the passenger compartment, which has a unique design. The passenger seat goes forward to allow an adult passenger in the back. In addition a child can fit behind the drivers seat as well.

In addition Car and Driver describes the car as:

The iQ obviously is tiny, but it also comes with an extensive list of standard safety equipment. Besides the aforementioned airbag behind the rear seat, stability and traction control, ABS with panic-brake assist, and 9 other airbags as standard. A rundown of the fluffy collision pillows: two front, two side-impact, two side-curtain, two front-seat knee airbags, a seat-cushion airbag for the driver, and the rear bag.

Power for the U.S.-market iQ will come from a 1.3-liter four-cylinder. Output hasn’t yet been disclosed, but Scion is promising more than 90 horses. Connected to the 1.3-liter will be a standard CVT which we can’t see disliking more than the herky-jerky automated manual transmission in the Smart. Scion expects the iQ to return a combined-fuel-economy figure in the high 30s.

A guess on the price is about $15k to start. Release date is sometime in late 2010 or early 2011. It should be interesting to see how the American public responds to the debut of the pint sized car.

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Source – Car and Driver