Luxury carmaker Aston Martin has confirmed that its highly controversial and less conspicuous “Cygnet” model will be produced. This super-compact luxury car is a small city car based on Toyota’s iQ. When I look at it, I think of Alice in Wonderland trying to squeeze through the smallest door.
The Aston Martin Cygnet is the brand’s attempt to comply with demanding emissions regulations that will be rolling out in the near future. Especially in Europe, it has become necessary for even luxury brands to comply with stringent fuel economy and emissions standards. It will likely have a 97bph four-cylinder 1.33-liter petrol engine. My mechanical heart just came to a screeching halt.
I certainly hope Aston continues to focus on its usual fare of fast luxury cars, while still offering up the Cygnet. Green technology is making its way, but still has a bit of tweaking to endure; it is a delicate balance to maintain the integrity of the exotic automobile world while taking strides to ensure a clean and sustainable future. Straddle that fence, Aston!
According to reports, the Cygnet will essentially be an imported Toyota iQ from Japan, fitted with the appropriate Aston Martin signature pieces like the bonnet and DB9 rear lights. The iQ models will be shipped to the Aston Martin factory in the UK, where customers can choose from an unlimited palette of colors and materials to customize their Cygnet. So it is a re-branded Toyota smart car at three times the price? That means that you can expect to pay around $60,000 for the diminutive luxury car, which measures in at just 117.5 inches long, 66.1 inches wide and 58.3 inches tall. That means the Cygnet may be nearly as easy to park as a luxury motorcycle!
When the Aston Martin Cygnet launches, current Aston owners get top priority in the ordering process. Further details on the Aston Martin Cygnet including pricing and specification will be announced as they become available.
*The Aston Martin Cygnet is pictured in the top photo, and the Toyota iQ in the lower
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