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Toyota has announced that its popular Aygo city car will return as a new compact urban crossover.

The brand has confirmed the ‘Aygo X’ name will be used – the ‘X’ pronounced ‘Cross’ – and will expand the brand’s already-comprehensive line-up of crossovers and SUVs. The ‘X’ is a reference to the current model’s front-end styling, which can be seen in the picture below.

Toyota’s first Aygo arrived in 2005 as a new affordable city car, which has been built alongside mechanically-similar models from Citroen and Peugeot ever since. However, with both the French firms set to discontinue their city cars in the next year, Toyota has confirmed that the Aygo X will be an ‘exclusive’ model.

Described as an ‘all-new compact urban crossover model’, the Japanese firm also says this type of vehicle is unique in the small A-segment. It’s also the first Toyota that has been planned, designed and produced in Europe, and will be based on the ‘Toyota New Global Architecture’ GA-B platform, which also underpins the latest Yaris and Yaris Cross.

Toyota says the Aygo X development team ‘studied current and future lifestyles in urban and suburban environments in Europe’ while designing the model, which is inspired by the ‘Aygo X Prologue’ concept car revealed earlier this year.

The Aygo X is expected to resist electrification and be available with small petrol engines that will ensure the model’s affordability. Toyota has said the model will be produced in Kolin, Czech Republic – where the current Aygo is built alongside the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108.

A full reveal of the Aygo X is expected in early November.

Ted Welford

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October 5, 2021