Official: 2012 Scion iQ to Launch in the US in October

The 11-airbag Scion iQ city car is finally making its way to America.

Toyota is finally bringing the new Scion iQ mini over to the U.S. It will compete against the very similar Fiat 500. The 94hp iQ is a bit smaller than the 500 and features a 3-plus-1 seating design to allow a small person to sit behind the front-passenger's seat. Behind the driver there is space for a child or storage. Where the iQ lacks in space, it more than makes up for in airbags. The car has 11 total airbags including a world-first airbag in the rear window.

The Japanese automaker decided they would make this a small and safe vehicle no matter where impact could come from. The three-door model features a hatchback trim with a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. The miniscule iQ gets 89lb-ft of torque. The iQ features ABS, bake assist, electronic brake-force distribution and traction control amongst others. The Fiat 500 is priced at $15,500 vs. the Scion iQ which runs at $15,265. A $730 delivery fee plus processing and handling fee takes the iQs total up to $15,995. The iQ should be in U.S. dealerships on the west coast in October, while the rest of the country can expect them later this year or early next.

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