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Facelifted city car receives a Yaris-inspired nip & tuck and some extra features.

Toyota's Aygo reached South Africa very late in its life cycle, six years too late in fact. So it's no surprise that after just a year on our market, a facelifted model has reached our shores.

The upgrade is purely cosmetic and spec-related, the big changes happening at the front end where there's a new front bumper and grille inspired by the latest Yaris. Says Toyota, the new bumper is not just about style as it's also more aerodynamic and the larger intake aids engine cooling.

While the Fresh and Wild trim designations continue mostly as before, Toyota has added a new flagship special edition called the Inferno. This one's set apart by burnt orange metallic paintwork, Alcantara seats, front foglights and leather on the steering wheel and gear knob.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Fresh model now comes with a standard radio with CD player. Also included in the price is air conditioning, height-adjustable steering, dual front airbags and ABS brakes.

Opt for the Wild and you also receive 14-inch alloy wheels, front electric windows, rev counter, split folding rear seat, side airbags and remote central locking.

As before, the city car is chugged along by a 1-litre three-cylinder engine with 50kW and 93Nm on tap.

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Pricing has also been increased slightly and on that note you'd better hold your horses if you're considering an entry-level Toyota - the company is launching the new Etios next week and it's expected to feature within this price range.

AYGO PRICES:

1.0 Fresh 3-door - R111 900

1.0 Fresh 5-door - R118 100

1.0 Wild 3-door - R121 200

1.0 Wild 5-door - R127 400

1.0 Inferno 5-door - R135 100


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