Toyota South Africa Motors has effectively confirmed it will soon introduce the Agya (also known as the Wigo) budget hatchback to the local market.

The Japanese firm’s local arm recently published a teaser video on Facebook, suggesting a fresh model is “ready to roll onto our dealership floors soon”. The detail shots included in the clip show the Agya is that model.

Effectively a twin to the Daihatsu Ayla, the Toyota Agya is also badged as the Wigo in some markets (such as the Philippines and Vietnam). It’s not yet clear if the SA-spec model will retain the Agya moniker, nor whether the Aygo will soldier on.

Still, we expect the little hatchback to slot into Toyota SA Motors’ line-up just below the Starlet, filling the small gap left by the outgoing entry-level Etios hatch derivatives.

So, what do we know about the Agya? Well, it debuted as long ago as 2012, before being facelifted first in 2017 and then again earlier in 2020. For the record, the 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.

While we don’t yet know which engine will be offered in South Africa, the Agya is available with a 49 kW naturally aspirated 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit and a 65 kW likewise-atmospheric 1,2-litre, four-cylinder petrol mill in Indonesia, where it is built. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.

Expect Toyota SA Motors to release more information in the coming days...