Toyota has revealed the production version of the Toyota iQ at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, but without any details on its powertrain options, except that two will be petrol and one will be diesel. So what we do know now is what it will actually look like when it goes into production late this year.

The compact Toyota iQ has a length of 2,985mm and a wheelbase of 2,000mm – such a long wheelbase for such a short length means a surprisingly large interior, very short overhangs, and a generally cute cartoon-like appearance. It takes 3 adults and a child or luggage, or the entire rear bench can be used for luggage instead.

The small Toyota iQ is definitely not a Tata Nano competitor despite it being so small sized. According to Toyota, it is designed to cater for the needs of buyers who seek more than just urban mobility but demand space and refinement in an environmentally-friendly vehicle. Those who want it to be green and convenient, but not necessarily sparse. It is also expected to score 5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety test.

The interior has a chocolate-plum colour scheme, and the dashboard sports a 5.8 inch color touch screen display which allows you to control the in-car entertainment and satellite navigation. Rear legroom has been increased by using a slim seat design for the front seats, which gives a further 40mm of rear legroom at knee height.

The short overhangs were achieved through clever methods. Firstly, a newly developed differential saves engine compartment space. The whole under-bonnet equipment packaging has been made alot more compact so that the front wheels can be placed at the very corners of the car. The rear shock absorbers are rear-angled. The iQ uses a flat under-floor fuel tank, which is something difficult to engineer because of the variance in fuel surface levels depending on the angle of the car. Somehow Toyota engineers managed to make a viable flat under-floor fuel tank.


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