The new Toyota Verso is set to be debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show next week. The seven seater Verso has under gone a comprehensive mid-life upgrade with over 300 parts being changed.
The engine line-up has been revised – the two diesels are a 2.0-litre D-4D unit which has seen the CO2 emissions being reduced by 10g/km to fall below 130g/km, whilst there is better power delivery at lower revs. The 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel engine is now available with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The former develops 175bhp with 159g/km CO2 emissions and the latter 148bhp and 178g/km. The towing capacity for all diesel-powered Verso has been increased by 200kg to 1,500kg
The 1.6 and 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engines will continue. Both are matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.8 optionally available with a revised Multidrive CVT that has been tuned to give more of a stepped gear shift feel, with engine revs building in a way that’s more closely linked to vehicle acceleration.
Toyota have improved the Verso’s driving dynamics re-tuning the front MacPherson struts and the rear torsion beam to improve the ride and power steering promises better feedback.
The exterior has been faced lifted to echo Toyota’s new styling DNA that has been seen on new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The headlights have been revised and now incorporate LED daytime running lights. Whilst the folding door mirrors now incorporate indicators.
On the inside there are new trim details and a new satin black paint finish that is softer to the touch. Soft-touch material has also been introduced for the upper glovebox and, on some versions, Nappa leather is used around the steering wheel, door trims and armrest. Warm satin chrome trim highlights feature on the driver’s instrument surrounds, the instrument binnacle hood, air vents, instrument panel, gear shift and door grips.
Measures have been taken to harmonise the appearance of the instruments and switchgear by using more consistent illumination and font sizes for the graphics. The driver’s meters are now back-lit in white, and all switches have a deep orange illumination. A dimmer switch has been added to the controls so the brightness of the combination meter and the switchgear lighting can be adjusted simultaneously, giving a consistent lighting level.
New seat fabrics, colours and designs have been introduced and across the range the front seats have improved side bolster support; the bolsters themselves have a harder-wearing finish.
The Verso still features Toyota’s Easy Flat-7 seating system which offers 32 different seating combinations. When all the rear seats are folded, new Verso has a flat load floor that is 1,575mm and 1,430 mm wide. With all seats in place the luggage volume is 155 litres; when the third row is folded, the figure rises to 440 litres.
We are expecting full UK specifications and Verso prices shortly, and will let you have them as soon as possible.Published 19 September 2012