FRESH-FACED JUST GOT FRESHER

Toyota Connect/Lexus Life - - TOYOTA CONNECT -

Meet the Aygo model à la 2019, which was un­veiled at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March this year. It’s been re­vised both in­side and out, for­ti­fy­ing its ur­ban cre­den­tials even fur­ther. The front-side X gets an even bolder 3D treat­ment, seen here in the sort of white and black com­bi­na­tion you’d typ­i­cally find in a panda, with strik­ing red ac­cents for added road pres­ence. That X now in­cor­po­rates re­designed head­lamps and day­time run­ning LED lights, with the gap­ing lower apron in glossy black as tes­ti­mony of its four-square stance.

A short flurry of strokes from a cal­lig­ra­pher’s pen has rounded the back, where the LED lamp jew­ellery con­tin­ues, as does the clever use of neg­a­tive space to give the car a plucky stance at each cor­ner where new rim de­signs have been tucked away. Clam­ber aboard and you’re greeted by a vib­ing in­stru­ment clus­ter. Seat fabrics are up­dated too, in con­junc­tion with a more pre­mium Pi­ano Black and Quartz Grey colour scheme.

Grab a palm­ful of helm and lever and en­joy new per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency from the 998cc, three-cylin­der engine, thanks to a host of tech­ni­cal up­dates. Re­fine­ment lev­els also reach a new level of quiet­ness, thanks to lower driv­e­train vi­bra­tions and re­duced noise in the cabin. Not to men­tion a raft of re­vi­sions to the car’s han­dling and de­meanour to keep it young and ur­ban, with ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol (VSC) now stan­dard across all mod­els.

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