The next-generation Toyota Aygo has been spied testing ahead of its planned launch next year.
The new Aygo will feature Toyota's new ‘Keen Look’ design language, which made its debut on the new Auris at the Paris Motor Show. This means that the front will be dominated by a large, low-mounted Toyota badge, as well as a set of LED headlamps.
A lower stance and higher waistline will help to give the Aygo a more athletic look, as will new black window surrounds and sharper creases down the sides. At the rear, new high-mounted brake lights will make the Aygo more visible in traffic, while also making room for a larger, more flexible boot opening.
The new Aygo will have a more upmarket interior, as Toyota attempts to compete with newer rivals like the VW up! and Skoda Citigo. This means we can expect better quality materials and more options for customisation in terms of colours and trims.
Power will be provided by a reworked version of the current car's three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine, with Toyota’s focus on weight reduction helping to improve the Aygo's dynamics and efficiency.
There's also a possibility of a hybrid version for the first time, which could use the powertrain shown on the FT-Bh concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The concept used a two-cylinder 1.0-litre engine combined with lithium-ion batteries to emit less than 50g/km of CO2.
Prices for the new Toyota Aygo are expected to remain largely unchanged, with the entry-level car starting from around £8,000.