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THIS is a Toyota? Could Latest Model Make its Way to United States Next?

Funky fresh new Toyota X Prologue makes a case for great mpg, versatility and fun. Learn what the hype is all about.
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Toyota unveiled its latest generation Aygo X Prologue this week. To say this car is quirky and hot and sexy would not be underselling it.

The Aygo is currently sold in Europe as a hatchback “city car.” While it is ideal for the smaller vehicle lifestyle overseas, several key features make me wonder if it could work in America too.

Toyota Aygo specs

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Toyota Aygo X Prologue

Aygo is sold either as a 3-passenger or 5-passenger hatchback. This is a lighter vehicle with a smaller engine than we are typically used to.

Coming in at about 2,200 pounds, current Toyota Aygo utilizes a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine that produces 72 horsepower and 69 lb.-ft. torque. Drivers can choose from automatic or manual transmission.

Toyota Aygo is capable of reaching about 99 miles per hour.

Here is the kicker, though. Owners can achieve around 61 miles per gallon. In a time where people are watching gas prices closely, perhaps something along the lines of the new Toyota Aygo would be welcomed.

Aygo X Prologue

2022 Toyota Aygo X Prologue Sparkling Chilli Red back end profile view

The new concept car unveiled by Toyota sparks of freshness, mischievousness and fun. I wonder if this would appeal to a similar market as C-HR or Yaris.

Just take the name given to this bold and in-your-face Aygo X Prologue, “Sparkling Chilli Red.” Spicy. Very spicy.

I love the sleek and sporty profile and overall styling. It reminds me of watching Speed Buggy cartoons as a kid. This vehicle may appeal to a younger, edgier, gasoline-conscious audience.

RELATED VIDEO: Watch the Torque News vehicle spotlight on X Prologue.

Make it a Toyota hybrid and imagine how much that all-important mpg rating would climb. Perhaps as high as RAV4 Prime at 94MPGe?

United States feasibility

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I feel that on its own, a model like Aygo X Prologue might struggle in this country. Mostly because potential owners generally seek out larger vehicles. But, with a little tweaking it could work.

A vehicle launch like this would fall in line with current Toyota initiative to produce more hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles within the next several years. Toyota will be making more EV, BEV, PHEV, EV, hydrogen fuel-cell and traditional hybrids than ever before.

Recently Toyota announced the imminent launch of one new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and two new battery electric vehicles (BEV). These will be officially revealed and launched in 2021, more than likely hitting United States markets with a 2022 model year badge.

I speculated in previous Torque News stories that one of these new PHEV or BEV Toyota models could be a Tundra, a Lexus, or even something entirely new to us.

Time for your Toyota thoughts

How do you like this Toyota Aygo X Prologue? Do you find it appealing and would you consider a vehicle like this one?

Also, as fuel prices increase, are you thinking about a Toyota hybrid, or maybe a plug-in hybrid such as RAV4 Prime or Prius Prime?

Would you consider a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle, and if not, what concerns about hybrids have you holding back?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I give 4 reasons to consider 2022 Tundra hybrid.

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Comments

If Toyota can price and market this right, I can see it doing well in the value car segment, unlike the Yaris or PriusC. The This is like a sexy update to my 1989 Geo Metro 5-door LSI. Engine specs are comparable, 1.0-liter 3-cylinder. This is a bit heavier than the 1700 lb Metro, but more power and torque. The 5 door was technically a 5-seater, but not practically except for small people (e.g. kids). It was a popular vehicle for young families on a budget. With the 5-speed manual, the Metro was spritely off the line because of the power to weight ratio. It got it's reputation for being a slug from the 3-speed automatic. I rented a 2-door with auto once and it did think for awhile after you floored the accelerator. Until the first gen Prius, it was the only vehicle close to getting 50 MPG with a gas engine sold in the US. My prior vehicle was a Chevy Sprint ER and I bought the Metro because the wife insisted on 4-doors and I drove 30k miles a year as a field engineer. I made a net profit driving those cars including maintenance, insurance and depreciation. We had a number of Sprints and Metros in the family (much like we have Prii and other Toyota hybrids) and I found them incredibly reliable with proper maintenance. I spent a total of $300 for repairs over 187K miles. Would have been less, but I replaced the water pump when the timing belt was due and had a freak failure of the clutch diaphragm spring in single digit weather at 137k miles. Shop said it was the easiest clutch repair they had ever done because they only had to unbolt it from the engine. There was about 1/2 wear remaining on the clutch plate when that happened. I finally replaced the front disc pads at 140k. Never replaced the rear drum shoes. Got better gas mileage at 187k than new. In 2000, I finally replaced it with the 1st Gen Prius, which was replaced by a Gen 2 at 180k miles which was replaced with a Gen 3 at 183k miles. That was replaced early with a Prime because dealer incentives and tax credits made the Prime about the same as Corolla hatchback. Until the Prime, the 2004 Gen2 was my favorite model overall. Going from Gen 3 to the Prime is a step up that is almost comparable to the Gen1 from the Metro in terms of comfort and refinement. The center console design is as stupid as heck, but I rarely have a passenger.
As an A-seg in Euro you'd have to ditch the back seat and go with a 3-door hatch. I think they should try a 670cc twin-cyl hybrid powertrain. I like the big wheels but I think they should try a 70-percent tire. The windshield angle will have to come up, and the window line probably should come down a bit. They could also make a GR AWD version at a much higher price point. They could blow up and stretch out the design to 5-doors for America using Corolla drivetrain and parts. Donnyess...03/27/2021...Huntsville, Alabama, USA