By Steve & Tamami Laser
Toyota sells a variety of small crossovers across the globe, including the new Yaris Cross, Corolla Cross and Raize. Now it looks like there might be room for another, even smaller entry for the European market.
The Aygo X prologue is a bold new concept that reimagines Toyota’s A-segment minicar as a sporty crossover for style-conscious, youthful customers in Europe. Toyota says that these individuals are demanding flair, distinctiveness, and the chance to make a personal statement – so it designed a car specifically for them.
This video, from the Toyota UK YouTube Channel, highlights the design story of the new Aygo X prologue. The ED2 team worked seamlessly, from hand-sketching to digital sketch-modelling, to virtual reality simulators, to 3D “speedshapes,” to the final full-size concept. (video: Toyota)
The crossover’s styling is the product of Toyota’s ED2 European Design Headquarters near Nice on the French Riviera. “Everybody deserves a cool car,” said Ian Cartabiano, ED2 president. “When I look at the Aygo X prologue, I’m really proud to say that ED2 Team created exactly that. I’m excited to see it revolutionizing the segment.”
Up front, Aygo X prologue is dressed with high-tech wing-style lights. A large lower grille contributes to the powerful look, while details like hexagonal fog lights, and action cameras imbedded in the side mirrors, add high-tech appeal.
The concept sports a four-door coupe-like silhouette, with big fender flares and a distinctive two-tone paint treatment. Toyota says the graphic style grabs attention by emphasizing the concept’s readiness to leap forward into action.
The top four ingredients that influenced the exterior colors are chili, ginger, wasabi, and black pepper, creating “Sparkling Chili Red” as the name for the paint. “I’m a customer as well as designer,” said Momoko Otawara, ED2 Color Material & Finishing Designer. “So, I helped design the Aygo X prologue to be the car that I wanted … for me.”
We really like the look of the new Aygo X prologue and hope that Toyota puts it into production in the future. Potential powertrain choices have not been revealed to date, yet we can envision hybrid, or perhaps full electric, propulsion for the street. Or maybe a continuation of the Aygo’s 3-cylinder gas engine? Let’s take a quick look at the current production model.
What Is the Toyota Aygo?
Originally introduced in 2005, Toyota says the first generation Aygo was designed to attract young, urban-based customers. With updates in 2008 and 2012, and second-generation models launched in 2014, Aygo has sold more than 1 million units.
The current Aygo (x-trend model shown above) features an iconic “X” front design, a 3-cylinder, 998cc, DOHC Dual VVT-i engine, x-shift automated manual transmission, Toyota Safety Sense features, and available Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.
Aygo is the result of a joint-venture with PSA, with cars developed for Europe and produced at the TPCA (Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile) plant in Kolin, Czech Republic. Toyota Motor Europe took full ownership of the plant this year, and renamed it Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic (TMMCZ].
Toyota says the Kolin plant has been producing the A-segment models Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1 since 2005 and will continue to do so for both companies. Meanwhile it invested in capacity expansion and modernization for the plant. Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) is expected to be introduced in the second half of 2021, allowing the plant to build the new Toyota Yaris, including hybrid technology.
For more information on the current Aygo visit Toyota Europe
Note: Aygo X prologue is a concept car and is not for sale. Features and specifications for regular European production Aygo models are subject to change without notice.
News sources, photos and video courtesy of Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA and Toyota (GB) PLC
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