Toyota has revealed its facelifted Aygo ahead of the updated A-segment hatchback's official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.
Four years after revealing the second-generation version of its city car at the same venue, the Japanese automaker has handed its Aygo a mid-cycle refresh.
The updated model retains its signature frontal "X" design, but Toyota says this has been "transformed from a two-dimensional graphic into a more powerful, three-dimensional architectural element".
You'll likely also notice the redesigned headlamp clusters, complete with neatly integrated daytime running lights, as well as a new lower bumper section that frames the grille. Round back, Toyota has tweaked the taillamp design, while new exterior paint colours include Magenta and Blue.
Inside, Toyota says you'll find an upgraded instrument cluster with new colours and three-dimensional graphics, along with fresh seat fabric options (we'll have to take the brand's word for it for now, as official cabin images have yet to be released).
Toyota claims that under-the-skin changes have led to "enhancements" to the Aygo's performance and "improved driving dynamics" (thanks to suspension tweaks and alterations to the steering software), along with a "marked reduction in noise, vibration and harshness" (the result of added sealing and absorption materials).
The naturally aspirated 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit is still the engine of choice, although the Japanese automaker says it is now Euro 6,2 compliant. A new dual fuel injector system, a higher compression ratio, new low-friction components, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system and an improved balance shaft to reduce vibration at idling speed have all been introduced.
The result is peak outputs of 53 kW (up two units) and 93 N.m (down two units), allowing the revised Aygo to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a claimed 13,8 seconds, before topping out at 160 km/h. Claimed fuel consumption improves from 4,1 to 3,9 L/100 km.
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