New Toyota Verso
compact 7-seat MPV
Larger and quieter with latest safety technologies
Verso: built by Toyota Motor
If the world première of the third
generation Toyota Verso was a very significant
attraction to the Japanese brand's stand at the 79th
Geneva International Motor Show (5 to 15 March), the
compact seven-seater MPV was surely not the only one.
At Geneva, Toyota's environmentally
friendly technologies (including small models) showed
the real engines of its new expansion plans, mostly in
the developed markets (see box below).
Compared to its predecessor (known
as the Corolla Verso), the new Toyota Verso (in the
European markets this spring) is longer by 70mm
(at 4,440mm), wider by 20mm (1,790), with a
30mm longer wheelbase (2,780mm), while overall height
remains at 1,620mm, giving the compact minivan
(C-segment, lower medium) a wider and lower stance.
Toyota says that it improved the Easy
Flat-7 system for quick folding of the five
individual rear seats,
providing better second and third row accommodation
with improved active and passive
safety for occupants and pedestrians.
view of the global concerns
over both economy and climate,
Toyota, like most other car
makers, is in the concomitant
race to develop more
technologies and in the same
time, cheaper, smaller and
clearly reflected in Toyota's
long list of
exhibits and presentations,
which covered at Geneva this
year, the European première
of the third-generation
Toyota Prius, the launch
of the New
iQ with 1.33 Dual VVT-i engine
with Stop & Start, the
Drive system, Hybrid
Synergy Drive, Plug-in
Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), Hydrogen
Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV)
Toyota Electric Vehicles (FT-EV)
Concept, leading to the
very recently announced new
joint road-trials of Plug-in
Hybrid Vehicles (PHVs) with an
infrastructure in France,
de France (EDF) and Toyota.
The new Verso also gets, for the
first time in Europe, Toyota's active
steering force compensation with the variable
assistance electric power steering.
Competing against compact people
movers such as the Ford C-Max, Renault Scenic / Grand
Scenic, Citroën C4 Picasso, Kia Carens, Honda FR-V,
Mazda 5, Volkswagen Touran, Opel Zafira and others,
the new Verso will be launched this spring with new 1.6
Valvematic petrol engines,
a new six-speed manual transmission as standard or
Toyota's optional new Multidrive S continuously
variable transmission on the 1.8 unit.
A revised version of the 2.0-litre
D-4D diesel will also be available, as well as two
2.2 litre D-CAT turbodiesel engines (150hp
versions) with a new six-speed automatic transmission
due to join the line-up later in the year.
By introducing the Optimal
Drive throughout the compact Verso range, engine
power increased by up to 20 per cent, while fuel
economy and CO2 emissions improve by up to
12 per cent, compared to the current model.
Active, passive and pedestrian
impact safety features are all upgraded and the new
highly rigid body shell incorporates a larger
percentage of high tensile steel.
The standard equipment list will
include curtain shield
airbags that extend protection to the third row
passengers and intelligent
steering assist Vehicle
Stability Control (VSC+). Exact prices and
specifications to be announced soon.
a strong character line flowing from
the edge of the front bumper, rising
through the lower edge of the doors
and sweeping up through the C-pillar
to the roof-mounted spoiler.
For a minivan shape, new Verso has
an exceptional drag coefficient of Cd 0.295, with
wider front and rear tracks and extensively revised
Continuing the visual identity of
its predecessor, the new Verso conveys a more dynamic
"dual-zone" exterior styling, expressed in
the car's profile view, with a strong character line
flowing from the edge of the front bumper, rising
through the lower edge of the doors and sweeping up
through the C-pillar to the roof-mounted spoiler.
The front expresses a powerful
stance through its forward-flowing lines, emphasised
by the horizontal lines of the twin-bar grille,
headlamps that are pulled back into the wings, a deep
air dam and a prominent, central Toyota emblem.
In profile view, the clearly
delineated front wheel arches complement the dual-zone
character line, blending into the upper wings.
The all-new interior brings more
space with an improved Easy
Flat-7 folding system, better accommodation for
rear passengers, and more room behind the third row of
seats for load carrying.
theme: Smart Wave Dynamism
(see opposite details).
Toyota designers describe the
interior theme as Smart Wave Dynamism, expressed in a
wave-like form on the upper instrument panel, which
distinguishes the functional character of the driver's
zone from the more relaxed ambience of the passenger
zone. The two zones are linked by a crisp wave line
that runs the full width of the fascia.
New puddle lights are integrated in
the door mirrors, which illuminate when the vehicle is
unlocked with the key fob, with soft orange LED
lighting activated in the front foot wells as the
doors are opened.
The optional panoramic glass
sunroof extends from the head of the windscreen to
beyond the B-pillars, measuring 1,160mm long and
1,180mm wide. Its integrated electric blind can be
opened to any point along the length of the sunroof.
The Toyota Easy Flat-7 system
allows the five rear seats to be individually folded
to carry extra passengers or increase load space as
necessary, giving a total of 32 different seating
permutations are possible.
(top) or 5-seater (middle and bottom)
The new Easy Flat-7 system has an
improved mechanism that returns the second row
seatbacks to their original position after being
folded to give access to the third row. The headrests
on the second and third row seats have a new
low-profile L-shape to make the seat folding operation
easier and improve rearward visibility from the
The third row seats can now be
stowed or put upright in one single handed action,
with a pull-strap that can be reached from the
tailgate. The third row seatbacks also gain a recline
The height-adjustable front
seats have enhanced shoulder support, with the
seat base extended by 20mm to improve comfort on long
journeys, while an increase of 40mm in the height of
the front seat cushion gives the driver a better view
from the wheel.
Support and cushioning have also
been improved for second row passengers and a
30mm increase in the seats' sliding adjustment makes
access to the third row of seats easier. The couple
distance between the front and second row hip points
has been increased by 50mm to a maximum 975mm, giving
more rear legroom, and the height of the second row
seats has been reduced by 35mm to give more headroom
and make it easier for passengers to get in and out of
The boot floor is completely
flat when the second and third row seats are folded
and is longer by 185mm (1,830mm), making it easier to
load long items.
The cargo space is also wider by
240mm (1,585mm), increasing storage capacity when all
rear seats are in the upright position, from 63 litres
(current Corolla Verso model) to 155 litres (new
A new boot management system
is located under the rear load space for keeping items
out of sight or stowing the tonneau cover. Its
capacity varies according to how many rear seats are
in use, and whether a full-size or space-saver rear
wheel is specified.
Storage places throughout the car
include a double-deck glovebox, an overhead console,
door pockets, fold-out seatback tables with cupholders,
a centre console box, a drawer beneath the front
passenger seat, second row under-floor storage and
driver and passenger pockets for holding mobile phones
or music players.
To improve sound insulation, Toyota
fixed a two-piece upper and lower liner on the cabin
side of the bulkhead. A second acoustic liner on the
engine side of the bulkhead combines with under-bonnet
insulation to further reduce engine noise intrusion.
Tuned floor silencing panels are installed beneath the
seats and in the spare wheel well, and a new acoustic
material is used for the first time in a Toyota to
insulate and absorb noise in the footwells.
With other noise reduction
techniques and the aerodynamics drag coefficient (Cd)
of 0.295, these measures combine with to reduce cabin
noise significantly (by 2.5dBa) compared to the
New Verso is the ninth model to get
Optimal Drive technology, which reduces fuel
consumption and CO2 emissions while
increasing power, by focusing on the reduction of
powertrain weight and mechanical losses with the
maximisation of combustion efficiency (to read
The five engines to be available
include two petrol (gasoline) and three diesel ones
(more details at Verso
litre Valvematic petrol engine with a new
6-speed manual transmission, develops 132DIN hp
(131bhp), 22DIN hp more than the 1.6 VVT-i unit it
replaces, whilst torque has been increased to 160 Nm
(+10 Nm) at 4400 rpm. CO2 emissions have
been reduced by 20g to 158g/km with a combined fuel
consumption of 6.7 litres per 100km (equivalent to
42.2 miles per imperial gallon, 35.1 US mpg, or 14.9
km / litre).
litre Valvematic petrol: The new 1.8 litre
Valvematic engine is available with the new six-speed
manual gearbox or the optional Multidrive S
continuously variable transmission (CVT). Compared to
Verso's previous 1.8 VVT-i unit, power is up by 18DIN
hp to 147DIN hp (145bhp), and torque is boosted by
10Nm to 180Nm at 4400 rpm.
With the 6-speed manual
transmission, the engine’s CO2 emissions
have been reduced by 22g to 162g/km and combined fuel
consumption is 6.9l/100 km (equivalent to 40.9 miles
per imperial gallon, 34 US mpg, or 14.5 km / litre).
With the Multidrive S, CO2 emissions are
164g/km and combined fuel consumption is 7.0l/100km
(equivalent to 40.3 miles per imperial gallon, 33.6 US
mpg, or 14.3 km / litre).
litre D-4D turbodiesel: The newly
available 2.0 D-4D turbodiesel is mated to a 6-speed
manual transmission, and can be ordered with a Diesel
Particulate Filter (DPF). It delivers 126DIN hp
(125bhp) and 310 Nm of torque from 1800 to 2400 rpm.
CO2 emissions are at 140g/km on units
fitted with a Catalytic Converter, and 146g/km on
those with a DPF. Combined fuel consumption is
5.4l/100km (equivalent to 52.3 miles per imperial
gallon, 43.5 US mpg, or 18.5 km / litre). With the DPF,
combined fuel consumption is 5.5l/100km (equivalent to
51.4 miles per imperial gallon, 42.7 US mpg, or 18.2
km / litre).
DIN hp 2.2 litre D-4D turbodiesel: The
revised 2.2 litre D-4D diesel engine block now
delivers 150DIN hp (148bhp), and 340 Nm of torque
between 2000 and 2800 rpm. It comes with a new 6-speed
automatic transmission and Toyota Diesel-Clean
Advanced Technology (Toyota D-CAT), delivering CO2
emissions of 178g/km and combined fuel consumption of
6.8 l/100km (equivalent to 41.5 miles per imperial
gallon, 34.6 US mpg, or 14.7 km / litre).
hp 2.2 litre D-4D turbodiesel: Carried
over from the previous model range, the second 2.2
D-4D turbodiesel is also available with a 6-speed
manual transmission and delivers 177DIN hp (175 bhp)
and 400Nm from 2000 to 2800 rpm. CO2
emissions have been reduced by 19g to 159g/km. All
diesel engines meet EURO 5 standards when fitted with
DPF or Toyota D-CAT.
Combined fuel consumption is
6l/100km (equivalent to 47 miles per imperial gallon,
39.2 US mpg, or 16.7 km / litre).
Toyota enhanced the ride and
handling of the new Verso generation thanks to an
all-new high-rigidity body shell, longer wheelbase and
wider front and rear track, revised suspension
power steering (EPS) with active steering force
compensation and an improved braking system.
The MacPherson-type front
suspension has a new set-up with dual top mounts: a
stiffer, outer mount locating the spring and a softer
inner mount locating the damper. With increases in the
caster angle and roll rigidity, the new format is
designed for better handling with low noise
transmission and ride comfort.
At the rear, the compact,
lightweight torsion beam with integrated anti-roll bar
has also been revised with adjustment to trailing arm
angle to improve steering response. The spring and
damper mounts have been separated to improve packaging
efficiency, ride comfort and handling.
For the first time in Europe,
Toyota has added active steering force compensation
to its variable assistance electric power steering
in the new Verso. When the system detects a steering
input speed that is too high for the required vehicle
response, it automatically reduces power assistance
delivery to limit the input and so promote smoother
steering force compensation with
variable assistance electric power
steering: when the steering input
speed is too high for the required
vehicle response, it automatically
reduces power assistance delivery to
limit the input.
When the steering column torque
sensor detects vibration from the wheels, an active
vibration control programme with the ECU (electronic
control unit) can produce a compensating signal to
reduce the vibration before it reaches the steering
New Verso gets standard ABS,
Vehicle Stability Control VSC+, Traction Control and
Hill-start Assist Control.
The latest ABS and VSC+ braking and
stability systems also include electronic
Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
(BA) functions to reduce stopping distances.
counteracts under or oversteer by
independently applying braking force
to any of the four wheels, while
generating counter-steering torque to
help the driver bring the car under
control and the traction control
The VSC+ system counteracts
under or oversteer by independently applying braking
force to any of the four wheels (see opposite
graphic), while simultaneously generating counter-steering
torque to help the driver bring the car under
control. Traction Control (TRC) limits
wheelspin while Steering Torque Assist counters
vehicle yaw moments under braking or acceleration.
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
provides extra control when pulling away on a
gradient, preventing the vehicle from rolling
On the passive safety side, seven
airbags are fitted as standard: a front and a side
airbag for each of the driver and front passenger, a
front passenger knee airbag and curtain shield airbags
that extend the full length of the cabin (one on each
side) to protect occupants in both rows of rear seats.
Assist Control helps when pulling away
on a gradient, preventing the vehicle
from rolling backwards.
The front seats have active
anti-whiplash headrests and all seats are linked to a
seatbelt reminder system on the instrument panel.
Further protection against leg injuries is provided
for driver and front passenger by energy-absorbing
pads built into the front footwells.
Side impact forces are channelled
across the floorpan and through roof strengthening
members and, for the first time in a Toyota vehicle,
energy absorbing pads are located on the door belt
line and rear passenger hip point to reduce injuries.
A high-resistance seat rod is positioned beneath the
rear seats and secured on each side of the cabin,
further helping to absorb side impacts.
new Verso models get standard 7
The impact-absorbing body shell
uses a higher proportion of high tensile steel,
designed to earn a top five-star rating in the new
Euro NCAP crash test programme.
New Verso's bonnet has an
energy-absorbing structure and a crushable cowl at its
rear edge. The wiper motor and linkage have been
relocated lower down on the firewall, further away
from the point of impact with a pedestrian.
seats have active anti-whiplash
The bonnet lock is also set well
down from the upper bonnet surface and the
construction of the front end of the car incorporates
upper and lower leg impact absorbers, with additional
absorbers located where the rear edge of the bonnet
meets the upper part of the fender.
Specific market equipments and
specifications will be announced nearer the car's
on-sale date this spring.
For Europe in general, Toyota Motor
Europe announced that the new Verso will be available
in "entry" (Verso), "mid" (Verso
Luna), "high" (Verso Sol) and "high
plus" (Verso Premium) model grades, with standard
equipment including on all versions the Easy Flat-7
seating flexibility system.
panoramic glass sunroof, measuring
1,160mm long and 1,180mm wide. Its
integrated electric blind can be
opened to any point along the length
of the sunroof.
The entry level Verso is equipped
with standard 7 airbags (including side airbags for
the third row seats), front active headrests, Vehicle
Stability Control plus (VSC+) and Hill-start Assist
Control (HAC), LED rear lamps and door mirror-mounted
puddle lights to illuminate the ground beside the car,
a CD/MP3 compatible stereo with 4 speakers and
automatic door locking.
Other features include an overhead
storage console, 2nd row under floor storage, a load
space management system in the boot and a conversation
mirror enabling drivers to can keep an eye on younger
rear seat passengers.
Options on this grade include front
fog lamps and driver/passenger seat heating.
Verso Luna version adds to the
standard equipment list manual air-conditioning, front
fog lamps, a leather steering wheel and gear lever,
rear electric windows, a CD/MP3 compatible stereo with
6 speakers and Bluetooth connectivity, a different
seat trim, passenger seat under tray and second row
Additional comfort and convenience
features include a cooled glovebox, a middle console
box, a larger armrest and a rear 12v plug.
Options include cruise control with
speed limiter (not available with the Multidrive S
transmission), dual-zone automatic air-conditioning,
entry level full-map navigation system with DVD,
panoramic sunroof and 16” alloy wheels.
The Verso Sol adds standard
dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 16” alloy
wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, rear view
camera display (shown within the rear view mirror),
smart entry with push start button, rain and dusk
sensors and a seat trim upgrade.
Other comfort and convenience
features include door courtesy lamps, integrated
sunshades for rear side windows and driver/passenger
Options include a more advanced
full-map navigation system with a 10 Gb hard disk
drive (incorporating rear parking camera), panoramic
sunroof, privacy glass and 17” alloy wheels.
The top Verso Premium adds 17”
alloy wheels, an in-dash 6 CD changer, high-intensity
discharge (xenon) headlamps with auto levelling and
cleaning, a panoramic sunroof and rear privacy glass.
Options include an advanced
full-map navigation system with a 10 Gb hard disk
drive (incorporating rear parking camera).
The new Verso will be built by
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey, at the Adapazari
plant where the Japanese automaker investments
totalled over €1 billion. TMMT produced its first
Toyota vehicle in 1994 and today employs 3,000
workers. Last week, Toyota announced that it has
already produced its one millionth vehicle in Turkey,
of which 430,000 Verso models (since 2004). It plans
to manufacture 55,000 units of the new Verso in its
first full year of sales.
The Turkish plant also manufactures
the Toyota Auris, and is one of nine Toyota
manufacturing facilities located in Europe and Russia.
In 2008, Toyota's operations in Turkey distributed
120,000 cars across Europe.
Specifications source (on this page and on the specifications
page): Toyota Motor Europe. Toyota indicates that fuel
consumption and CO2 values are measured in
a controlled environment, in accordance with the
requirements of Directive 80/1268/EEC incl. its
amendments, on a basic production vehicle. These
values may vary depending on driving style, road
conditions, traffic, vehicle conditions, equipment,
load, number of passengers, etc.