Toyota will join the automotive circus at the Geneva Motor Show which is just days away with the new Toyota iQ featuring a 1.33 litre power plant. The latest version of the popular city car, with its new 1NR-FE Dual VVT-i engine is able to deliver an adequate 99HP which has more pulling power compared to the 1.0 litre engine in the outgoing model which is good for only 67HP and 91Nm of torque.
The new engine is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission while potential buyers can also opt for the Multidrive CVT transmission. With the manual, the iQ delivers 58.9 miles to the gallon (with 113 grams of emissions per kilometer) while if equipped with the latter, fuel consumption is slightly increased to 55.4 miles to the gallon (with 120 grams of emissions per kilometer).
The 1.33 Toyota iQ will hit European showrooms by July this year. It also features Toyota’s Optimal Drive technology as well as an engine Stop & Start system to help keep fuel consumption to the minimum. For the sake of comparing, the 1.0 litre engine coupled with the 5 speed manual transmission can deliver an impressive 65.7 miles to the gallon.
Apart from offering excellent fuel consumption figures, the Toyota iQ also scores well in the safety department. It recently received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. Continue reading to watch the crash test video.