Toyota has a new model coming, and it's a category-buster. Meet the Aygo X Prologue, a concept car that previews the third-generation Aygo, giving us a taste of things to come for one of Toyota's smallest models.

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But wait up, isn't the Aygo a hatchback? Why does this one look like a small crossover instead? Well, the previous two generations were, and this upcoming model does retain a hatchback design. However, it also has crossover-inspired styling cues all around. Toyota didn't even confirm whether it's a crossover or a hatchback. In the press release, it's simply referred to as an “A-segment” model. Adding to the confusion, the “X” doesn't necessarily stand for “crossover” since the current Aygo also uses it to denote trim level

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One thing is for sure, the design of the new Aygo will look wild. At the front, it has sharp C-shaped headlights connected by an LED piece. The large center opening gives the Aygo X Prologue a mean look. Meanwhile, a skid plate and black trim all around the lower edge and fenders give the X Prologue the signature crossover look. The oversized wheels, pop-out door handles, and small side mirrors will unlikely make it to the production model, but it does enhance the hatchback's crossover look.

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While the front end looks like a crossover, the rear is more akin to a hatchback. It features a large glass rear hatch flanked by a vertical LED taillight connected similar to the headlights. There is also a skid plate fitted to the rear bumper that incorporates a bicycle holder.

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The cabin remains a mystery at this point, along with powertrain specifications. As such, we don't know if the Aygo X Prologue will be an EV or powered by a traditional internal combustion engine. Being an A-segment model, it will slot below the Yaris or Yaris Cross, assuming it is a crossover.

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With the “Prologue” model revealed, the production model Aygo X is expected to make its debut before the end of the year. At least then, we will be able to find out whether the next-generation Aygo will be a crossover or continue to be a city car.