Aston Martin Cygnet City Car Rendered

AutoExpress illustrators have quickly released these two seemingly accurate renderings of what the new Toyota iQ-based Aston Martin Cygnet luxury tender will look like. We're not ashamed to say we actually kinda like it.

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Unfortunately Aston Martin won't offer the Cygnet to just anyone, instead, reserving the vehicles for customers already owning either a DB9, DBS or Vantage. So squash those dreams of owning an über-cheap luxury city car because it's just not going to happen. But if you're one of the lucky few, expect to see an exterior design that closely matches the illustrations below with an interior that matches the rest of the Aston Martin range, including high-buck materials and the Emotion Control Unit that plugs into the center console, replacing the traditional ignition key.

Our question is whether Aston is offering this vehicle up as a gimmicky way to persuade its customers to stop buying MINI Coopers for the shop trip to the grocery store or if this is just a clever ploy to lower their corporate emissions for the new EU emissions rules. [via AutoExpress]

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Illustration for article titled Aston Martin Cygnet City Car Rendered

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I'd have thought a better match would be Lotus. They use Toyota power now and the idea of a lightweight, nimble runabout fits perfectly with their "add lightness" ethos.

With some Lotus pixie dust on the engine and the Lotus Elves working their magic on the suspension tuning, this would be an instant classic.