Toyota has confirmed that its new minicar will be a crossover called the Aygo X. The car will be on a different platform than the current Aygo.
The Aygo X (the “X” is prounounced “cross,” Toyota Europe says) will be built at Toyota’s factory in Kolin, Czech Republic. The plant had been a joint venture between Toyota and PSA Group, and most recently built the Aygo, the Citroen C1 and the Peugeot 108 minicars.
Toyota assumed control of the factory on Jan. 1 and retooled it to build the Yaris small car and now the Aygo X on the GA-B platform. The PSA variants are being discontinued.
The Aygo X was shown in concept form as the Aygo X Prologue in March, but its official name was not revealed.
The concept is 3700 mm (146 inches) long, just 5 mm longer than the current Aygo hatchback, but it has greater ground clearance and SUV design cues such as skid plates, roof bars and black wheel-well trim. Toyota described the crossover as "unique" to the minicar segment.
It was designed at the ED2 studio in Sophia Antipolis, near Nice, France. Toyota said the Aygo X is the “first model change planned, developed, designed and produced in Europe at Toyota Motor Europe’s development center.”
In a news release on Tuesday, Toyota did not give details about the Aygo X’s powertrain or launch date, although the production version will be shown in the beginning of November.
Previously the automaker said there would be an internal combustion version to keep the car affordable in the price-sensitive minicar segment.
A hybrid version is also possible, as the Aygo is on the same platform as the Yaris and Yaris Cross, both of which have full-hybrid variants.