Toyota iQ Innovation No2: The Centre Take-off Steering Gear | Toyota UK
The second in our series of ‘cut, paste and print’ guides to the iQ, featuring the benefits of a centre take-off steering gear.
Space Where It’s Needed MostIn saving space under the bonnet, Toyota has created more space in the iQ’s cabin, creating a car less than three metres long, yet with four seats. Using a centre take-off steering gear for the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system – a Toyota first – has been a key factor in achieving such a compact design.
Unlike conventional rack and pinion steering systems, the tie rods on a centre take-off system are connected to the centre.
This meant Toyota could position the iQ’s steering system above the engine rather than below it, and further back towards the cabin. This significantly reduces overhang over the front wheels and means far better use of space under the bonnet. Which means there’s much more room for driver, passengers and luggage.