No, unlike its predecessors, the new Aygo X does not come as a Citroën or Peugeot. That was the intention, until PSA was included in the large Stellantis constellation to which Fiat also belongs. And with the 500, the Italians count the most popular city car of the decade in their ranks.
It was a dash through Toyota’s account that the Aygo X would also have liked to offer a 100% electric powertrain. But it also inspired the design team to install an electric sliding canvas roof that is somewhat reminiscent of that of the 500C.
It is still possible that the Aygo X will get sister models with a different badge. The recent partnership with both Mazda (for the Mazda 2 Hybrid based on the Yaris) and Suzuki (for the Swace and Across, respectively the Corolla Hybrid and the RAV4 PHEV) has many car fans dreaming of a rebadged Toyota Aygo X. Developing a brand new city car in 2022 is something that most manufacturers no longer dare (small profit margins) or can (high CO2 emissions).
That large and electrically sliding canvas roof with which you can equip the Toyota Aygo X could herald a comeback of the Mazda 121. Just to be clear: we’re talking about the popular “bowler hat” with a similar roof construction, which was offered for sale between 1991 and 1996. Not about the salt-free generations that bore the same name. A nice idea, we hear from Stijn Peeters, the Belgian project leader of the Toyota Aygo X. But there are absolutely no plans in that direction. But the RAV4 was never designed to end up as Across in the Suzuki showrooms, so just wait and see.
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