With the future of the A-segment looking bleak, it seems Toyota will turn the Aygo into a mini SUV to assist it survive
The future is not looking vivid for city cars. ‘A-segment’ vehicles remain popular with customers, but wafer-thin profit margins get them to less than palatable for producers, particularly since the rise associated with BEVs is going to make small, inexpensive cars damn near extremely hard in the near future.
Even the Up and its VOLKS WAGEN Group chums – the particular initial cars of preference for many new drivers : won’t survive, but Toyota has pledged to place it out. Its next admittance to the field will be a small different, though, judging by this particular new Aygo X Prologue concept. Toyota phone calls this ‘a new eyesight for the A-Segment’.
Yep, it appears as though the next Aygo will go just about all crossover on us. It is a smart way to stand out from the particular crowd given that SUVs this particular small aren’t really a point outside of Japan’s Kei vehicle class, and bearing in mind precisely how ludicrously popular anything using a slight increase in right elevation is proving right now.
Production hasn’t been confirmed, but c’mon, it’s called ‘Prologue’. In addition, we’ve known for a while that this Aygo was getting a heir despite the bleak outlook for your A-segment – we simply didn’t know it was to become a micro crossover. Reportedly it’ll be built on the GA-B platform used for the larger Yaris, helping Toyota cut manufacturing costs. As with the existing design and its Peugeot 108 plus Citroen C1 siblings, it’ll be made in Kolin, Czech Republic.
The Prologue X has some typically unrealistic concept car details such as 19-inch wheels (four in . larger than the biggest wheels suited to the current Aygo) and flare leg arches. These will all of be shorn from the manufacturing version, leaving something that appears like a snazzier version from the larger Yaris Cross .
Toyota hasn’t given any specialized specs for the concept, yet any production car might almost certainly use a 1 . 0-litre inline-three petrol engine traveling the front wheels exclusively. A good optional all-wheel drive system such as the one used in the Yaris Cross would be interesting yet impractical – it’d associated with Aygo too expensive to nicely slot under its large brothers.
The price will certainly increase from the £12, 690 starting point for the current Aygo while remaining well underneath the £16, 184 charged for that cheapest Yaris. Expect to view a more production-ready version prior to the year is out.