Toyota is clearly hoping that potential buyers will have some fun with the new Aygo city car set to debut at this week’s Geneva Motor Show – but you’ll have a chance to decide based on these images that leaked out a bit ahead of schedule.
The second-generation Aygo continues to share its underlying platform with Toyota’s French partner PSA – which markets two versions of its own as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108. (Both of those also getting updates this year.)
The underlying design theme for Toyota was “J-Playful,” the maker hoping to make the Aygo more fun to drive than the typical econobox.
“What I wanted to make was a car that stands out in a Japanese way, in order to capture the imagination of customers all-around Europe. So I let myself be inspired by today’s Japanese youth-culture,” explains Chief Engineer David Terai.
The reality is that all three versions share the majority of their underlying parts and components, so a key challenge was to visually differentiate the Toyota Aygo from its European siblings. Among other things, it gets distinctive front and rear fascia. There’s also an X-shaped bumper, with sharper headlamps and, in the rear, blade-like taillamps.
Like the original model launched in 2005, the 2015 remake continues to be offered in both three- and five-door configurations, as well as a fabric-top convertible.
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In terms of powertrains, there will be several gas and diesel options, including a mileage-minded 1.0-liter three-cylinder offerings.
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The new Aygo – as well as the Peugeot and Citroen models – will continue to be assembled in the Czech Republic.