Aston Martin Cygnet revealed

  • Aston Martin Cygnet to go on sale in spring 2011
  • Toyota iQ base with Aston body and interior
  • One trim available, but customers can personalise

Aston Martin says its Cygnet 'luxury' city car will go on sale in the UK in spring next year but it'll cost buyers at least £30,000. 

Measuring just 3 metres long, the new car will be the smallest Aston Martin ever. It is essentially a Toyota iQ with an Aston Martin skin but, sadly, it doesn't have the iQ's £11k pricetag

The car was revealed in 2009 as a concept car but the production model pictured here isn't hugely different from that. Aston is now importing factory-ready Toyota iQs from Japan and will be fitting different body panels and interior at its Gaydon HQ.

There'll be one just version with a 97bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine available. Customers can personalise it but if they do they there's every chance the price will exceed the £40k mark. Aston says no two Cygnets will be identical, however.

It'll return 59mpg on average with CO2 emissions of 113g/km. Its performance will be very un-Aston with a top speed of at 106mph flat and a 0-62mph acceleration of 11.8 seconds.