All-new Toyota Wigo expected to debut in 2023

Updated Feb 13, 2023 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

It will be launched first in Malaysia as the Perodua Axia this February.

Toyota has confirmed that it will hold the world premiere for the 2023 Wigo small hatchback this month, with Malaysia as the selected maiden market.

Perodua Axia headlamp

Malaysia's Perodua unleashed teaser images of its upcoming all-new Axia model, which the Toyota Wigo will be based on 

Finally entering its second generation, the latest Wigo will be introduced as the all-new Axia under Malaysia’s Perodua badge, breaking away from the Japanese automaker’s tradition of debuting releases in developing markets either as a Toyota or Daihatsu.

Perodua released teaser images of the upcoming model, now underpinned by the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform. The snapshots show LED headlamps, DRLs, and fog lamps for the exterior accompanied by plenty of sharp angles, suggesting that the new Wigo’s aesthetics could be inspired by its Raize sibling. Even the door handles will be upgraded, complemented by power-folding mirrors.  

There are hardly any details as far as the interior is concerned, but Perodua confirms that the model will be equipped with a 7-inch TFT display serving as the instrument cluster. This will be accompanied by a standalone 9-inch display audio touchscreen on the dashboard.  

Perodua Axia specs

Initial specs hint at enhanced onboard tech, better safety, and a more efficient powertrain

Among the anticipated safety features on the upcoming all-new Wigo/Axia are six airbags (comprising driver, passenger, side, and curtain inflators) and Perodua’s Smart Drive Assist function, the latter likely taking the form of Toyota Safety Sense.

The driver-assist kit is believed to place the new model in a position to score five stars in ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests. These are in addition to standard fare such as anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control. Hill-start assist will also make an appearance.    

Toyota Wigo

The Wigo is currently on its first generation with two facelifts  

Despite the shift to a new platform, there are few changes expected as far as the powertrain is concerned. The 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine on the outgoing version will likely be carried over, reportedly mated to a Dual-mode CVT that is rumored to replace the standard 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions. Perodua claims that the new Axia/Wigo can reach 27.4 kilometers on a single liter of fuel.  

When the all-new Perodua Axia breaks cover within the month, how long do you think it will take before its Toyota Wigo counterpart will reach our shores?  

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Know more about Toyota Wigo 2023

Toyota Wigo

The Toyota Wigo 2023 is the Japanese automaker's entry to the hatchback segment, with a price that ranges from PHP 578,000 to PHP 705,000. It is offered in four variants starting from the E 1.0 MT and going up to the TRD S 1.0 AT which boasts a sportier finish. Only one engine option is used across the range, namely the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 65 hp and 89 Nm of torque. This engine can be paired to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, depending on the variant. When it comes to dimensions, this hatchback is 3,660 mm long (3,700 mm for TRD), 1,600 mm wide, and 1,520 mm tall. In the local market, the Wigo is competing against the likes of Honda Brio, Kia Picanto, and Mitsubishi Mirage.

Just like the Toyota Rush, the Toyota Wigo is a rebadged Daihatsu model. It is called Agya in other markets. This is made possible by the partnership between Toyota Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. The Wigo remains to be one of the best-selling models in the country, finishing third in the sales race last 2020 with 9,145 units sold.  

₱ 578,000 - ₱ 705,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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