The new Toyota Aygo makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March. Changes to the successful city car strengthen its stand-out character in a highly competitive market segment, both in terms of a youthful and distinctive design and improved performance and handling for a fun-to-drive experience.
The current Aygo has been a notable success for Toyota since its launch in 2014 (2015 on the local front), becoming an instantly recognisable model with its trademark frontal “X” design and expressive variants.
The frontal “X” on the new Aygo has been transformed from a two-dimensional graphic into a more powerful, three-dimensional architectural element. The distinctive new look includes redesigned headlight units with integral daytime running lights, giving the car an even more striking appearance. The lower section of the X frames the front grille, communicating a stable stance and agile performance.
When viewed in profile, there is a strong visual connection between the front and rear of the car thanks to the more pronounced frontal form and the introduction of new outer lenses for the tail lamp clusters, generating a sense of forward movement.
New colours and new wheel designs – each dedicated to a specific model grade – will be available.
In the cabin, the instrument cluster has been upgraded with graphics that have a more three-dimensional look and a new illumination colour. Most grades have new seat fabrics and a more premium colour scheme in Quartz Grey and Piano Black has been introduced (local colours and trim still to be confirmed).
Performance and driving dynamics have been improved for more agile performance around town, while maintaining Aygo's class-leading fuel economy. Measures have also been taken to achieve a marked reduction in noise and vibration levels experienced in the cabin.
Toyota's award-winning 998cc three-cylinder, 12-valve DOHC engine now meets Euro 6.2 emissions standards. Revisions have achieved an ideal balance of power and fuel efficiency, with better torque delivery at lower engine speed, giving an even better driving experience in urban traffic.
The changes include a new dual fuel injector system, a higher compression ratio, new low-friction components, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system and an improved balancer shaft for less vibration at idling speed.
Outputs are slightly higher at 53kW (+2kW) at 6 000rpm, with 93Nm of torque at 4 400rpm. Acceleration from rest to 100 km/h can be accomplished in 13.8 seconds, and top speed is 160 km/h.
Finally, sealing and sound absorption materials have been added to the dashboard, front pillars, doors and rear deck, bringing a marked reduction in noise and vibration in the cabin, at all engine speeds. Aygo model grades and equipment features for the local market will be announced nearer the car's on-sale date later this year.
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