We hope the production model looks as good as this.
A few weeks ago, Toyota teased a mysterious new concept dubbed the X Prologue. Details were scarce, so we speculated that it could preview the Japanese automaker's first electric SUV. But this isn't the case. Toyota's new electric SUV, built on the e-TNGA platform, will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month. For now, Toyota has lifted the covers off the X Prologue Concept, which previews the next-generation Toyota Aygo. It aims to reinvent the shrinking A-segment in Europe.
Revealed in a striking red and black two-tone finish, the Toyota Aygo X Prologue is designed to "prove that city cars that have traditionally been called 'entry point' can still lead with stand-out design." The popular supermini, re-imagined as a compact crossover.
Its raised ride height, flared fenders, large grille, chunky tires, and roof rack give the Aygo X Prologue a much more rugged appearance than the current Aygo; some of these funky design cues will likely get toned down when it enters production. At the rear, a skid plate features an integrated a bicycle-holder mount, while the hexagon taillights carry over from the current Aygo.
Each door mirror also contains an "action-camera" that can record your off-road adventures. Toyota hasn't shown off the interior, but we're hoping the cabin looks just as radical as the exterior.
Underpinning the production version of the Aygo X Prologue will be the same TNGA-B platform as the Toyota Yaris. No technical specifications were revealed, but the production model is expected to use the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine as the Yaris.
Slotting below the Yaris, the production version of the Aygo X Prologue is expected to debut later this year and go on sale in 2022. When it arrives, it will likely be one of the smallest crossovers on the market. Unfortunately, it will be too small for the US market as the Aygo isn't sold in America.