TOYOTA Aygo 2018 - Present

Doris Richards
February 24, 2018

Toyota has updated its Aygo with a new design and increased performance. It arrives with fresher headlights, that now feature built-in LED daytime running lights with new graphics, along with other modifications to the fascia. In addition, LEDs are used at the rear for a distinctive light signature.

Toyota has rejigged the grade structure for its European models, with each version now featuring its own unique design elements, but at this stage it's unclear which of these would be offered to South African consumers.

But Toyota has worked to improve the Aygo under the skin too, with a reduction in cabin noise and vibration levels, and the suspension and steering have been tweaked, say Toyota, to react more quickly and precisely. The enhancements made to the unit will see the power output rise by 2 bhp to 71 bhp, and while the maximum torque rating of 93 Nm at 4,400rpm is the same as before, the manufacturer claims the torque delivery at lower revs is noticeably stronger than it has been up to now. Toyota claims the Carbon dioxide emissions figure of 95g/km has also been reduced but it hasn't calculated a final figure yet. That's enough for a sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in 13.8 seconds and a max speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kph). Pre-homologation figures show that combined cycle fuel consumption has improved from 68.9 to 72.4mpg - Carbon dioxide emissions have not been announced.

The Aygo has become one of the Japanese auto manufacturer's best-selling cars in Europe, with more than 85,000 sales since the latest model went on sale four years ago, gaining a 6.6 per cent share of the A segment. Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the facelifted version brings a restyled exterior and interior, as well as improved performance and handling characteristics.

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