First Look: Aston Martin Cygnet Concept Gets Real
After releasing an early round of teaser images showing its stylists working on a clay development model, Aston Martin has now revealed what its proposed Cygnet premium minicar will look like on the street. Based on the diminutive Toyota iQ, this currently-concept offering takes the British prestige marque to an entirely new segment of the automotive world, far removed from its traditional supercar offerings.
Visually, the Cygnet distances itself from a run-of-the-mill iQ with all-new front sheetmetal and a grille/headlamp treatment that's distinctively Aston in character, augmenting it with dual hood vents and chrome-streaked fender vents. The Cygnet's rear treatment, while a good deal more subtle, does bring upline C-shaped LED taillamps to the mix. Adding a final flourish to the exterior are flush-mount Aston-style pop-up door handles and a set of unique alloy wheels.
Inside, the four-place Cygnet cabin gets trimmed in premium red and black leather, hand-fitted with the care one would expect to find in any of Aston's more traditional offerings. While not directly noted, we suspect it will benefit from a good deal more sound proofing than its Toyota counterpart, as well. One thing that will carry over from the latest Euro iQ is its 1.3-liter engine. Making about 100 horsepower and paired with Toyota's Multidrive continuously variable automatic transmission, it won't exactly deliver neck-snapping acceleration. However, with an expected 50-plus mpg fuel economy rating, it will ensure that the Cygnet handily outperforms any other Aston offering in at least one key statistic.
According to reports out of England, Aston Martin still hopes to start production on the Cygnet by late next year and offer it with a starting price in the $30,000-$33,000 range. No word yet on whether it will make the Atlantic crossing at any point thereafter.