Toyota Aygo X Prologue Concept

The A-segment – small, city cars – may not be the big-selling segment it once was, but that doesn’t mean that manufacturers and designers are ignoring the sector. Here, for example, is Toyota’s Aygo X Prologue – a concept that builds on the popular Aygo city car sold in Europe and which provides a glimpse of its future and the bold design language behind it.

You expect daring design in a concept/prototype, and the Aygo X Prologue has that. It also has, apart from those striking looks, some other nice touches that sets it apart from its production siblings. It sits higher and looks more like an agile crossover/small SUV (helped by those large 19-inch wheels set at each corner); has action cameras fitted into the door mirrors; integrated roof rails; and an integrated bike rack mounting point. All of this, one assumes, reflects the intention of the car’s designers at Toyota’s ED2 design facility in France to promote ‘European style’ for its customers – delivering something that appeals to city dwellers who also have the desire to ‘get out’ – and their aim to ‘reimagine the A-segment’.

Reportedly destined for production, the Aygo X Prologue is shorter than the Yaris hatchback currently on sale in Australia and that gives a hint as to its ability to nip in and out of traffic and along city streets. Reports suggest that it will go into production as a petrol or hybrid-powered unit, but the design also points to the appearance of future Toyota EVs.

It’s small, funky, and looks like it could be a fun way to get about town and venture out of it. Will it appear in Australia? We can but hope.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (April 2021)

30 April 2021

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