Scion iQ set to put the hybrid world on its ear in 2012

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Most of our readers will likely not have an opportunity to meet me in person, but believe me when I say that I’m a big guy. A really big guy.

Why would you care about that? Well, it has always been a bit ironic that I LOVE little cars. To me, a tiny car with attitude is oh so much cooler than a supercar any day. The ability to blast down a windy road, using every single available horsepower while not exceeding legal limits is just so much fun! One can go like stink in a sporty, tiny car and not attract any attention. Just try that in this. You’ll be in jail before you hit second gear!

The upcoming 2012 Scion iQ is tiny and it has attitude to spare.

The segment is called micro sub-compact. To give an idea of size, the iQ is a four passenger car that at 117 inches long is only 11 inches longer than a Smart For2.

Years ago, I drove performance rallies in a Suzuki Swift GT. That wickedly fun little machine weighed 1,950 lbs and produced 100 horsepower. If you had an accident in a street version, you were going to lose, because it would pretty much fold up like a chip bag. Again, why is this relevant? Because the iQ promises to weigh under 1,900 lbs and produce 90 horsepower. In other words, it is going to be an absolute blast to drive!

Did I mention that they are expecting fuel economy in the 50 mpg range?

On top of all of this, the iQ will offer a full compliment of modern safety equipment including the industry’s first ever rear window curtain airbag. That one is likely to prevent rear seat passenger’s melons from going through the hatch window in a rear end collision. Still, this car will seat 4, look awesome, get great fuel economy AND be at the cutting edge of safety.

Remind me again why we have all of these silly hybrids.

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