iQ was launched with a 1.0 litre engine that, as we discovered during our test drive, is more than capable of keeping up with motorway traffic.
But from July, the iQ range is to get a second choice of power plant: a 1.33-litre dual VVTi petrol engine.
The new engine is exclusive to a new grade of iQ – the iQ3.
It’s got a six-speed gearbox as standard, and Start & Stop technology that makes sure that the engine stops when you do – and that it springs back into life the instant you’re ready to move off again.
We’ll know more details about the car nearer the new engine’s launch, but we can reveal that the range-topping iQ’s power rises to 98bhp, while torque reaches 125Nm.
Thanks to Start & Stop and the efficiency of Toyota Optimal Drive, combined cycle fuel economy will be an impressive 58.9mpg. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are just 113g/km – resulting in band B road tax of £35 a year.
We can’t wait to get our hands on it.