At the compact end of the scale is the Toyota iQ concept, a vehicle that redefines
the rules of automotive design with its ultra-efficient packaging representing a
paradigm shift in small car design. “Small yet spacious, premium class yet small”.
This concept is realised in the iQ through the vision of an ultra compact but highly
space efficient, environmentally friendly vehicle that optimises the urban lifestyle
of the fashionable metropolitan resident. Listening to the words of TMC President,
Katsuaki Watanabe, in his opening address on the Toyota stand, this is one concept
that is likely to find its way into production in the future.
The iQ concept vehicle was created at ED2 Toyota’s advanced European design studio
situated in the south of France. Compact but not compromised, the Toyota iQ is the
world’s smallest premium four seat passenger concept car. At just 2,98 metres in
length the iQ is 770mm shorter than the Yaris hatch yet in height and width it is
comparable to the popular small Toyota hatchback.
Despite its compact length the iQ is both versatile and practical. It will seat
four with space for three adults and a child – or the fourth seat can be used for
luggage space. This level of interior space is achieved by adopting a radical and
intelligent 3+1 seating concept.
In regular use the driver and front passenger sit side by side. To accommodate a
third adult or a third adult and a child, the front passenger seat can be moved
to a more forward position. Extensive use of intelligent space saving design themes
and miniaturisation technology maximises space within the passenger compartment.
Despite its ultra compact design, the Toyota iQ does not compromise on safety with
full consideration given to this requirement in the iQ’s natural home of an urban
environment. Safety is at the core of this unique design concept with a strong passenger
cell providing a solid foundation for passenger protection and impact energy absorption.