Toyota Aygo hatchback will become a crossoverDecember 17, 2019
The next generation model will change the form factor
Toyota intends to change the concept of the city car Aygo. The third-generation model will become higher, will acquire an increased ground clearance and will look like a mini-SUV, Autocar reports with reference to Matt Harrison, vice president of the European branch of Toyota. The premiere of the novelty is expected by 2021-2022.
Matt Harrison stressed that, unlike competitors, Toyota manages to sell subcompact A-class models at a profit, and said that the annual circulation of Aygo is 100 thousand copies. Therefore, the Japanese company will certainly release the successor Aygo, c “less traditional appearance” in the spirit of “current consumer needs.”
Toyota’s op-manager has denied that the new Aygo will become an electric car. According to Harrison, a subcompact electric model will inevitably be expensive, which will scare away the target audience. The specialist explained that the third generation Aygo will be developed with an eye to possible electrification, but first a version with a light and inexpensive internal combustion engine will enter the market.
Toyota is not afraid of toughening the environmental standard and fines from European regulatory authorities – according to Harrison’s calculations, the Japanese company will be able to meet the standard for average carbon dioxide emissions due to the large number of hybrids. At the same time, until 2021, three “clean” Toyota electric cars are planned to be launched on the European market.
In addition, Matt Harrison outlined the market prospects for Toyota’s “niche” cars: thanks to a range of environmentally friendly models, the Japanese company will be able to keep both the Land Cruiser, Supra, and GT86 in the European market. The specialist confirmed that the new GT86 will again be developed in collaboration with Subaru, but refrained from details.
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