In addition to the new engine, the style-conscious ‘Trend’ grade first seen on the Yaris supermini will join the Verso line-up, and equipment across the range is overhauled.
The new 1.6-litre BMW-sourced diesel engine has been extensively revised by Toyota’s engineers. A newly-developed dual-mass flywheel has been fitted, along with revised engine mounts, and redesigned electrical interfaces. It is mated to Toyota’s six-speed manual transmission, and will feature stop-start – a first for the Verso.
Replacing the 2.0-litre D-4D engine in the UK line-up, the new engine offers higher efficiency and represents a 20kg weight saving. Maximum power is 110bhp (82kW) at 4,00rpm and peak torque is 270Nm, generated from 1,750 to 2,250rpm. Acceleration from nought to 62mph takes 12.7 seconds, and the top speed is 115mph.
Combined cycle fuel economy is 62.8mpg* – representing an eight percent improvement over the previous 2.0-litre engine. Further bolstering the powertrain’s money-saving credentials, are tax-busting CO2 emissions of 119g/km* – 10g/km lower than before. The new engine is available in the 2014 Verso alongside the established 1.6 and 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol units.
In addition to the new engine, the 2014 Verso gains the design-focused Trend grade – first seen on the Yaris supermini. Slotting into the range between the Icon and Excel models, Trend variants feature a black C-pillar decal that creates a floating roof effect, along with five-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lamps and rear privacy glass.
Trend models feature Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system. The new-for-2014 system comes with a high-resolution screen that uses four times as many pixels as the previous ‘Toyota Touch’ system, and comprises satellite navigation, connected services, Google Street View and TomTom real time traffic data. A reverse parking camera and front-mounted parking sensors round-off the Trend’s impressive kit tally.
All versions of the new Verso, except the entry level Active model, are equipped as standard with the latest version of Toyota’s touchscreen-operated multimedia system, ‘Toyota Touch 2’. Toyota Touch 2 is comprised of Bluetooth, a rear-view camera, vehicle information such as trip data, and climate control settings.
The 2014 Verso can be ordered in a new Avantgarde Bronze paint finish, with new cloth upholstery in black or grey^, and a new leather trimmed gear knob.
Prices for the new Verso will be announced early next year. In the mean time, you can find out more about the outgoing car, and the rest of the Toyota range on the Toyota UK website.
*Figures quoted prior to homologation ^Grey trim available as an option