Toyota Reveals Aygo Successor

What am I looking at?

These are the first images of the 2nd generation Toyota Aygo, a city car based on the same platform as the Citron C1 and Peugeot 108 as a joint technologies venture between the two corporations.

So what's new?

Much like the Citron C1 last week, if you've already seen the Peugeot 108's information you've largely seen the Aygo's. Three and five door bodystyles? Check. 7 inch touchscreen in the centre console? Check. Full length folding canvas roof model? Check - though Toyota has yet to reveal whether this has a quirky name like its French brethren.

Make no mistake though, it is an all-new car compared to the previous generation Aygo and there's more headroom (7mm) and luggage space (29 litres) than the previous model.

What powers it?

The Aygo differs from its platform buddies in the engine department, only offering a single engine choice at launch. This is a 68hp, 1.0 petrol 3 cylinder, available with a manual gearbox or Toyota's x-shift automated manual.

Toyota claims 99mph top speed with either transmission, while the manual will dispatch the 60mph sprint 1.3s faster at 14.2s (to 15.5s). Both versions break under the VED Band A minimum emissions (pending homologation), at 95 and 97g/km CO2 respectively, meaning a zero rate tax disc. These figures translate to approximately 68.8mpg and 67.3mpg on the combined cycle - a 7% improvement on the old car.

How much will it cost me?

Like its siblings, it's early days yet and though there's a summer launch window there are no official prices or specification lists yet. However you can reasonably expect it to fall roughly into line with the 8,500-11,500 range of the existing car, depending on trim level.

Anything else?

The Aygo is, more than its cousins, shooting for a youth market and as such there's a range of customisation options available. While customers can tick preselected option packs, they can also change, piece by piece, the X-shaped front grille, rear bumper insert, instrument panel, centre console, air vents, shift knob and gear lever surround - even, as Toyota say, after years of ownership.

Any alternatives?

The Toyota is, perhaps surprisingly, the stylish alternative to its French stablemates, but they do have the more powerful engine that isn't available to the Aygo - so keep the C1 and 108 in mind.

Other than that it's the usual suspects - Volkswagen's similar triplet of platform shares, the VW up!, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo amongst the front runners.

In a line...

Takes the style points, but needs more engine variety.

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