2021 Toyota Aygo X city car: what we know so far
New Toyota Aygo X has rugged SUV-influenced styling that ensures it will stand out in a crowd. Here's everything we know about it so far...
On sale: Late 2021 | Price from: £13,000 (est)
Toyota is going it alone with the new Toyota Aygo X city car, which the Japanese manufacturer is believed to be basing on a shortened version of the underpinnings from its own Yaris.
The current Toyota Aygo has the same basis as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, but, with neither French car being replaced, the new Aygo X has been created from the ground up as a standalone model. Using the same basis as the larger Yaris should be a good move because the Yaris has surprisingly good handling and is more refined than most city cars.
And while some makers are shying away from city cars, Toyota is sticking with the Aygo because it’s an important model for the firm – 100,000 of them are sold in Europe each year. It appeals to younger drivers, so it’s a great way of attracting them to the brand, which has traditionally tended to appeal to older buyers.
Some cars – like some people – were born to stand out from the crowd, and that’s certainly true of the Aygo. The 2021 model has lost the large X emblazoned across the front end of the outgoing version, but elsewhere its exterior bodystyling is just as unique and eye-catching.
As these photographs show, the new Aygo X has a deep bonnet, oversized wheel arches and a bulbous rear bumper. It is also taller than its predecessor. In fact, it looks more like a tiny SUV than a city car, although it retains the vertical rear window and tall, slim back lights of the current model.
The roofline slopes downwards more sharply towards the front of the car, and the two-tone paintwork on the roof and rear bumper helps to emphasise the car’s shapeliness.
The images revealed to us so far are of the Aygo X prologue, a concept version rather than the production-ready car. That means some styling cues might change before it hits the road, including the wraparound front headlights and the cameras mounted on the door mirrors, which can be used to film the road ahead as you drive.
There has been no official word about engines for the Aygo X yet. As an affordable model, though, it’s initially likely to be offered with an updated version of the current car’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
In time, we’d expect that to be joined or replaced by a hybrid version similar to the one used in the Yaris, which consists of a 1.5-litre petrol engine assisted by two electric motors.
Prices are a long way from being finalised, but as it's the entry-level model in the Toyota line-up, we expect prices for the Aygo X to start at around £13,000. That would give it a good chance of stealing sales from the dwindling number of city car choices still being produced, such as the Kia Picanto, which starts at £10,995, and the Volkswagen Up (from £12,705 before discounts).
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