The Toyota Wigo has seen its share of updates and facelifts in recent years. Time’s ripe for a new model, right? Perhaps we can sate our curiosity until its actual release because here we see photos of its Malaysian counterpart, the Perodua Axia, bared for all to see.
Next-generation Toyota Wigo will share the Daihatsu platform
Let’s talk about its looks, shall we?
Up front, you see a more aggressive design on what is most likely the new model Wigo. The rounded-off edges now make way for more angles that make for a more modern and sportier look. We can also see a lot of blacked-out pieces and a new front bumper design that makes it look more “mature” and a little less quirky than its predecessor.
We don’t have a good look at the side, but we do know what the rear end looks like. The slim, vertical taillight units have been swapped out for bigger pieces that give an illusion of the Wigo being wider than it is. The overall shape of the tailgate itself is quite similar to that of the outgoing model, but it does look bigger, with more creases and an angular look. We like how its lines seamlessly run into that of the rear bumper. Smooth lines are always a plus.
Overall, we can say that the Wigo has “grown up” a lot. What we have to thank for its seemingly bigger proportions is the fact that it sits on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture. Like other Toyota models such as the Veloz, Avanza, and Raize, the Wigo will have the same underpinnings from Daihatsu that gave the designers a much cleaner canvas to craft the pint-sized sub-compact on.
Other information that was given is that the Wigo will be powered by a 1.0-liter gasoline engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. On the former, the motor will likely be a carry-over from the outgoing generation. Seeing as it’s worked with nary a hiccup, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Given the facts about the Axia being the same car as the Wigo, and that we now have a clear look before its debut, the next pressing question is if Toyota will be announcing its release to the rest of Southeast Asia as well. Especially in the Philippines, the Wigo has enjoyed pretty good sales, and a new model can be good news for those looking to update their garage with a cute urban mobile.
It’s a wait-and-see game again, folks. Are you excited?