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A facelifted version of Toyota’s popular Aygo city car will make its debut next week at the Geneva motor show.

The frontal view of the new Aygo has been tidied up with redesigned headlight units incorporating LED daytime running lights, while the lower section frames the front grille with black, gloss black or silver ornamentation beneath the lights.

New LED lights feature at the rear and the facelift is finished off with new colours and new wheel designs.

In the cabin, the instrumentation has been upgraded with graphics that have a more three-dimensional look and a new illumination colour. Most grades have new seat fabrics and a more premium colour scheme has been introduced.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine has been tweaked to meet tougher emissions standards. Changes include a new fuel injector system, a higher compression ratio, new low-friction components, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system and an improved balancer shaft for less vibration at idling speed.

Output is slightly higher, with power creeping up by 2hp to 71hp, with 93Nm of torque at 4,400rpm – although acceleration from rest to 62mph still requires a leisurely 13.8 seconds. Fuel consumption has improved from 68.9 to 72.4mpg (combined cycle), which delivers a commensurate reduction in CO2 emissions.

Improvements to engine performance have been complemented by changes to the suspension settings and steering software, while sealing and sound absorption materials have been added to the dashboard, front pillars, doors and rear deck to reduce cabin noise.

UK pricing and specifications will be announced nearer the car’s on-sale date later this year.

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Michael Dalton
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Michael graduated from university in 2016 with a degree in Human, Social, and Political Sciences. He is a former contributor to both The Car Expert and The Van Expert.