US market Toyota iQ gets minor mods; new Scion tc coupe too
1 April 2010

This is America's version of the Toyota iQ, which is being sold as the Scion iQ.

It's mildly modified from the Toyota, getting darkened headlamps and tail lamps, and a new front bumper with modified upper and lower grilles. The changes have prompted some sections of the American media to dub it 'the working class Aston Martin Cygnet".

See the Scion iQ and tC pictures pictures

The second generation Scion's tC coupe was also unveiled. Scheduled to go on sale in the autumn, it gets a new chassis, all-new interior and a more powerful 180bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine with 173lb ft of torque, linked to either a revised six-speed manual gearbox or a new six-speed automatic with sequential-shift.

The panoramic 'moonroof' from the first generation model remains.

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1 April 2010

how much?

1 April 2010

Difficult to give definitive answer. The TC (coupe thing) they show there is listed at about $18000 before taxes for a manual, about $1000 more for an automatic. Taxes vary not only by state, but also can vary by city as some cities "top up". New York state has a sales tax of 4%. Rule of thumb anywhere between 5% and 10% depending on state. So call it $20,000. Currently about £13k. Not awful for a decent enough coupe with 160+ bhp. As for the Scion version of the IQ I can't find any prices available yet.

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