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The Toyota iQ has been doing the show (and museum) circuit for over a year now, but we've only seen the car in white. I mean, just look what happens in Google Image Search when you type in "Toyota iQ." Therefore, as excited as one might be about the new 1.33l Dual VVT-i engine that Toyota has announced for the new iQ3 (iQ cubed) version in Geneva, I'm just glad to see the car in another color.

The 1.33 iQ also gets Toyota's Optimal Drive (aka stop-start) technology, which can reduce fuel consumption up to three percent, if you drive smart. Right now, Toyota is talking about mpg numbers of 49 mpg (U.S.) on the European combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 113 grams per kilometer for the manual-drive iQ. The first production iQs went on sale in Japan last November. The 1.33-liter iQs will be available in the UK starting in late July. Oh, and you can get it in Pearl White, Astral Black (above) or Deep Amethyst.

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PRESS RELEASE:

TOYOTA iQ GAINS NEW 1.33 DUAL VVT-i ENGINE

* Geneva motor show debut for iQ with new 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine featuring Toyota Optimal Drive technology
* Six-speed manual transmission with new Toyota Stop & Start system
* Exclusive to new iQ3 grade
* On sale in the UK late July, prices and specifications to be announced

Toyota's incredible iQ, the world's smallest four-seat car, gains a new engine option with the addition of a 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol unit with Toyota Optimal Drive technology. Presented for the first time at the Geneva motor show, the new engine option will be available in the UK from late July, offered alongside iQ's established 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine.

The 1.33 Dual VVT-i engine generates 98bhp (99 DIN hp) and 125Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, featuring Toyota's economy-boosting Stop & Start system. Toyota's seamless Multidrive transmission will be available as an option, giving smooth, step-free shifting with an optimised balance between performance and fuel economy.

Stop & Start can reduce fuel consumption by up to three per cent, depending on driving conditions. The system automatically stops the engine when the gear lever is moved to neutral and the clutch pedal is released, improving fuel economy. The engine automatically restarts, in less than half a second, when the clutch pedal is depressed again. This rapid restart is made possible by a permanently engaged gear mechanism in which the starter motor and flywheel are linked, via a ring gear, by a one-way clutch.

The system is maintenance-free and not only eliminates the torque limitations of a belt-driven starter motor, it also reduces noise and vibration in cabin during engine start-up.

Using the six-speed manual transmission, the iQ 1.33 returns 58.9mpg* in combined cycle driving with CO2 emissions of 113g/km. On models equipped with Multidrive the figures are 55.4mpg* and 120g/km*.

The new engine will be featured in a new iQ3 (iQ cubed) grade, with dedicated 16-inch alloy wheels and further specification which will be announced closer to the on sale date.

In spite of its compact dimensions, iQ has been designed to offer the highest levels of occupant protection and is fitted as standard with a comprehensive range of active and passive safety equipment. As well as a robust, multi-load path body structure, iQ has nine airbags and benefits from advanced steering assist Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+) and dynamic stability technology. The effectiveness of these measures has been independently proven by a top five-star safety rating under the new, more stringent Euro NCAP crash test criteria.

*Fuel economy and emissions performance subject to final homologation.