We’ve already seen early work on Aston Martin’s Cygnet concept, but the British sports car manufacturer officially revealed its city car concept today.
Based largely on Toyota’s European iQ microcar, the Cygnet incorporates a number of Aston Martin design cues inside and out. Aston’s traditional grille lies front and center. In back, the car receives Aston’s distinctive wraparound taillights. While the interior layout and switchgear remains largely unchanged, Aston managed to bathe the car in sumptuous red and black leather.
While the premise of a micro-Aston may seem bizarre (if not blasphemous), the company views the Cygnet as a second car for the traditional DB9 or V8 Vantage owner. The Cygnet could provide the same luxuries during daily commuting, allowing customers to save their sports coupes for spirited driving on the weekends. Better yet, it would help Aston’s portfolio meet CO2 standards (and feasibly CAFE, if the car were offered here).
Although technically a concept at this stage, work on the Cygnet is ongoing, and Aston Martin hopes to put the car into production by late 2010.