Re-groomed and re-engineered was the description given by one Toyota executive about the new Aygo. Toyota boasts that the new model offers both better looks and more efficient performance. Having broken cover at the Brussels motor show at the beginning of the year, the new range is now on the way.
As well as adopting the new face of Toyota’s latest generation of small cars, Aygo’s engine has been revised so that emissions drop below the 100 g/km. At the same time, Toyota say that owners can expect even more miles per gallon.
Right from the start, clean performance that is easy on the wallet has been central to Aygo’s qualities. A string of International Engine of the Year awards for green performance notwithstanding, Toyota has further tweaked its remarkable 1.0-litre VVT-I petrol unit to achieve even lower emissions and better fuel economy.
The result of these latest changes is to take CO2 output (for models with manual transmission ) below the 100g/km benchmark, earning Aygo the lower rating for annual road tax (VED ) and Vehicle Registration Tax.
Aygo has a new front-end treatment that follows Toyota’s new design language, echoing some of the features that characterise thenew Yaris. There is a greater emphasis on the lower section of the car, to express a more planted, purposeful stance, evident in the wider front bumper, with integrated foglights at each corner and a large trapezoidal air intake.
The upper front grille has been rendered more slender, while the new bonnet design adds to Aygo’s overall road presence. The re-style has added increased Aygo’s length by 15mm; other dimensions - including the car’s tight 4.73m turning circle - are unchanged, making Aygo as well-suited to life around town as ever.
The design changes are not just about looking good. It appears that the new bumper is more aerodynamically efficient while the larger intake improves engine cooling performance.