New 2022 Toyota Aygo X is a mini SUV
The new Toyota Aygo X will be revealed next month with a crossover-style design
- Aygo X name confirmed
- New model will be exclusive to Toyota
- Will be revealed in November
The all-new Toyota Aygo X has been confirmed for production. The new model will be the brand’s smallest SUV and is a replacement for the long-running Aygo city car.
The Aygo X uses the same underpinnings as the Yaris supermini and the ‘X’ in its name is pronounced ‘cross’. Unlike the outgoing Aygo hatchback, which spawned the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, the new Aygo X will be an exclusive standalone model for the Japanese brand.
The new car will be unveiled next month and while pricing has yet to be revealed, Toyota has indicated it will be the most affordable car in the range. There will be a buffer between the Aygo X and the Yaris, which costs around £20,000, so a starting price of around £14,000 seems likely. Rivals will include the Fiat 500, Hyundai i10 and the facelifted Kia Picanto.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: design
The Aygo X nameplate was revealed with a teaser image showing a rear light and badging of the new model. It’s expected the Aygo X will have SUV proportions and styling, plus a raised ride height.
The new car is likely to borrow several styling cues from the Toyota Aygo X Prologue concept car but will also carry over some design cues from the outgoing Aygo, including the signature curved tail light design shown in the preview image.
You can also expect a choice of bright paint colours and contrasting exterior trim pieces, and the new car will also be available with an optional canvas roof - a much-loved feature of the old model. A range of new alloy wheel designs will also be available.
Platform, dimensions and interior
The Aygo X is likely to be slightly larger than the old car but retaining its short front and rear overhangs; a design feature that helps to maximise interior space while keeping the overall dimensions compact. This should make the Aygo X more spacious for passengers and their luggage. We’re told the driving position will be similar to the recently launched Toyota Yaris Cross.
Toyota has confirmed the Aygo X will sit on the GA-B platform, which is also used by the latest Yaris. The switch to this platform means the Aygo X should have a modernised interior and more equipment compared with the outgoing Aygo.
There won’t be a fully electric version of the new Aygo and Toyota’s hybrid nous is unlikely to be used in the Aygo either. An updated version of the current Aygo’s 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is the most likely powerplant, although a less powerful version of the Yaris’s 1.5-litre engine could be used.
What does it mean for car buyers?
Several manufacturers have withdrawn their city cars from sale in recent years but the Aygo X shows Toyota firmly believes there is a demand for cars of this size and price. By transforming the aging Aygo hatchback into a compact SUV-style crossover, the brand is attempting to make the Aygo more fashionable and broaden its appeal. Building a car of this size with everything buyers want and expect from a new car at an affordable price is increasingly difficult. That does, however, mean that the Aygo X could be one of very few cars on the market to suit you if it’s the kind of car you’re looking for.