The 134bhp D-4D 140 is engineered to deliver performance that meets the demands of the core market for compact MPVs. Power, torque and performance are all greater than the engine it replaces, yet fuel consumption and emissions levels are only marginally higher than for the previous, smaller capacity, 2.0-litre D-4D unit.
It is a sharp performer, with acceleration from rest to 62mph in 9.4 seconds. A maximum 310Nm of torque is delivered at 2,000rpm, giving the seven-seat vehicle smooth overtaking power.
The D-4D 140 is the first engine in its segment to feature an aluminium cylinder block, which helps achieve a significant reduction in engine weight; the unit is 13 per cent lighter than the 2.0-litre D-4D. Like the more powerful D-4D 180 unit, this engine has a very low compression ratio - 16.8:1 - contributing to all-round efficiency and low levels of NVH.New Six-Speed Manual Transmission
The new 2.2-litre D-4D engines are fitted as standard with a new six-speed manual transmission, which offers smooth, quick and precise gear changes. Measuring 384mm long, the unit is very compact and shorter than all other six-speed transmissions with equal or smaller torque capacity.
Using the lowest viscosity oil available for manual transmissions has reduced fuel consumption by one per cent and the introduction of an oil separator has cut losses through oil agitation.Improved NVH Performance
At the same time as it has adopted the new D-4D engines, the Corolla Verso has been given a new NVH package, including thicker insulation under the bonnet and extra sound insulation measures in the engine compartment.Grade Structure And Pricing
The D-4D 140 is available in the established T2, T3 and T Spirit grades, while the D-4D 180 is offered exclusively in a new, sporting T 180 grade that stands as the new flagship of the Corolla Verso range. T 180 builds on the T Spirit specification with a number of additional features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, a perforated leather steering wheel cover and special interior trim details.
The new models go on sale in the UK on 1 November with on-the-road prices from £16,100. In 2005, Toyota aims to sell 95,000 Corolla Verso models to raise its segment share from 4.6 to 6.2 per cent. In the UK 9,000 sales are targeted in 2006, equivalent to a five per cent share of the compact MPV market.
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