(Wales on Sunday (Wales) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE new Toyota Aygo is a small car that offers customers a huge choice when it comes to making their car distinctively their own. Never before has a Toyota offered so many opportunities for personalisation, with a wealth of features inside and out that can be specified in different colours and finishes.
From the new X-shape front end element that defines Aygo's hip new look, to the alloy wheels, instrument panel and seats, owners can give their car its very own style.
In spite of the huge number of possible permutations, with up to 10 interchangeable elements, customers will not face a long wait for their bespoke new Aygo to arrive, nor will they face huge extra cost. The customisation packs have been keenly priced and they are fitted by Toyota in the UK, to customer order, at a new hub set up at Toyota Manufacturing UK's Burnaston factory in Derbyshire.
Customisation is just one aspect of the fresh, vibrant approach Toyota has taken with its new city car, with higher equipment specifications that include plenty of "big car" features, such as the new x-touch multimedia system with MirrorLink function for smart connection of mobile phones.
The new Aygo is also the first in its class to offer a rear-view camera and it can be specified with Smart Entry and push button start.
It is designed above all to be fun - to own and to drive - while maintaining its established high value price tag and running costs. New Aygo hits the road in the UK from July 1 with on-the-road prices from Pounds 8,595 - reduced to Pounds 7,995 with the benefit of a Pounds 600 customer saving offer.
Grades and equipment The new Aygo will be launched in the UK in three and five-door bodystyles and three grades, x, x-play and x- pression, plus two special editions, x-cite and x-clusiv, offering customers exceptional choice.
The colours ramp up the new Aygo's fun factor, with five options: White Flash, Silver Splash, Electro Grey, Deep Blue Buzz and Red Pop. In addition, the x-cite will be offered only in Orange Twist and the x-clusiv in Bold Black.
Equipment options Customers can take advantage of a range of options that focus on more sophisticated equipment and luxury touches.
The x-cite and x-clusiv models can be upgraded with the x-tra premium pack, which adds leather seat upholstery and Smart Entry and Start. For x-play and x-pression grades, the INstyle option provides leather seats with accents in a range of four different colours.
The x-pression can be specified in x-tra convenience, which adds automatic air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights and Smart Entry and push-button start.
The OUTshine pack adds extra chrome touches to the exterior of the x-pression model, and all versions bar the entry level x can be fitted with the OUTshield pack, which adds front and rear parking sensors, a boot liner, aluminium scuff plates, rubber floor mats and mud flaps.
x-touch Taking affordable multimedia systems to the next level, Toyota x-touch gives Aygo customers a user-friendly combination of the latest on-board multimedia technology and smartphone connectivity.
x-touch uses a seven-inch full colour touchscreen that is fully integrated in the instrument panel.
It is the first system in the segment to provide a rear-view camera as standard.
The main menu has a simple five-icon arrangement, allowing at-a- glance identification of all functions.
The Audio Source menu groups AM/FM/DAB radio, Bluetooth music streaming and audio via Aux and USB connection, with the facility to display album cover art.
A new MirrorLink function can be activated through the Connect menu. Once a compatible smartphone is connected, MirrorLink will replicate the phone's screen and compatible applications on the x- touch display. Smartphone functions can then be accessed using the touchscreen.
An optional x-nav pack (Pounds 395), unique to the new Aygo, can be linked to the multimedia system, using a dedicated storage pocket in the glovebox. This is activated using the Connect menu and gives driver access to fast and accurate pan-European route guidance.
Customisation packs are key to the Aygo's character and individuality. The OUTstand pack (Pounds 395) lets owners transform the exterior with three elements - the front X, A-pillar x-tension and rear bumper insert, in a choice of three colours.
Yet more can be added with the OUTburst pack (Pounds 245), which has front bumper decal, side sills and rear diffuser decal, in red or chrome.
The cabin can be transformed with the INspire pack (Pounds 165) with surrounds for the air vents and gear shift to match any exterior colour; other interior components have a piano black finish.
The mood heightens further with INtense (Pounds 165), which introduces body colourmatched instrument panel, centre console and gear surround.
Owners can also have the double-bubble roof of their Aygo covered in a contrasting coloured ecal (Pounds 195), and can ramp up the street style with option five-spoke alloys (Pounds 499) in silver, glossy black, machined glossy black and white. A twin-spoke alloy (Pounds 499) can also be specified in the same finishes, plus a customised centre cap in any of six body colours.
Prices and specifications All-new Aygo offers a wealth of customisation opportunities, with up to 10 interchangeable exterior and cabin features UK line-up of three grades - x, x-play and x- pression - plus x-cite and x-clusiv special edition models Focus on fun-to-own, fun-to-drive qualities High equipment specifications, including many "big car features" Exclusive introduction of new Toyota x-touch multimedia system and x-nav navigation option On sale in the UK from July 1, prices from Pounds 8,595 Initial customer saving offer of Pounds 600 makes the new Aygo available from Pounds 7,995
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