Toyota will very soon launch the new Agya budget hatchback in South Africa but we’ve managed to source pricing a little early.

As we reported earlier in November 2020, the five-door Agya is effectively a twin to the Daihatsu Ayla and is also badged as the Wigo in some countries. It debuted in initial markets as long ago as 2012, before being facelifted first in 2017 and then again earlier in 2020.

The Agya is set to be offered locally with a naturally aspirated 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine sending 49 kW to the front axle. Transmission choices will include a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearbox.

Our information suggests the manual-equipped Agya will start at R178 600 (a little more than the base Datsun Go), with the price rising to R182 400 should you specify an audio system. The automatic version of the hatch, meanwhile, looks set to kick off at R192 500 (which would make it the fifth-cheapest self-shifter in SA), increasing to R196 300 with the aforementioned audio system fitted.

The little hatchback will slot into Toyota SA Motors’ line-up below the new Starlet (which runs from R204 900 to R272 500), filling the small gap left by the outgoing entry-level Etios hatch derivatives. From what we can tell, the Aygo (which is currently priced from R182 000 to R210 600) will fall away once stock runs dry.

For the record, the Agya entry-level hatchback measures around 3 660 mm long, 1 600 mm wide and 1 520 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2 455 mm. Expect Toyota SA Motors to release full specifications soon...