Toyota reworks Verso for Paris

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- New exterior design with stronger Toyota family identity in the
front-end styling
- Revised interior with changes to instruments and controls, new trim
details and higher perceived quality
- New Verso joins new Auris and Auris Touring Sports for a renewed
Toyota product offensive in the compact/family car market
- Planning, design and engineering led by Toyota Motor Europe, model
built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey
- UK specifications to be announced later

19/09/12 -- The new Verso, unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show,
showcases Toyota's European design and engineering capabilities. It
joins the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports as the third element in
the company's renewed product offensive in the compact/family car
market – the C-segment.

With more than 300 parts changed, the seven-seat Verso has undergone a
comprehensive mid-life upgrade.

It builds on the established versatility, practicality and roominess
of the current model, but adds more style and comfort and improved
handling. On the outside it displays Toyota's new design language and
a family identity that links it visually to new Auris and Auris
Touring Sports. The interior has been improved, the 2.0-litre D-4D
diesel engine has been revised for lower CO2 emissions, driving
dynamics have been sharpened and NVH levels have been reduced.

New Verso is the first full-scale project that has involved Toyota's
European product planning, design, R&D and purchasing strategy
operations from the concept stage onwards, demonstrating Toyota's
commitment to a regional strategy. Vehicle planning, design and
engineering were all led in Europe, and new Verso is being built
exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey. European sales are
expected to be about 50,000 in 2013, giving the model an approximate
five per cent share of its market segment.

Exterior design
New Verso retains its distinctive "dual zone" styling, with
a full length character line which, in profile view, divides the
bonnet and cabin from the chassis and loadspace. The principal changes
are at the front where the Toyota's new design language has been
adopted to project a family look that gives the car a strong visual
link to the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The aim has been to
reduce the perception of the vehicle's height while emphasising its
width and length.

The details include a large, trapezoidal grille set within a
redesigned bumper, and a smaller upper grille that spans the full
width between new headlights. There is a larger Toyota badge, set
lower on the bonnet, and a chrome-finish horizontal bar that extends
into the headlamp units to accentuate Verso's width.

The headlamp units themselves are narrower and incorporate new LED
daytime running lights. On some versions, High-Intensity Discharge
headlights are fitted.

The larger lower grille has a gloss black finish and twin chrome
strips, and is flanked by fog lights with chrome surrounds. There is
also a full-width, body coloured lip spoiler, that also serves to
emphasise the vehicle's width.

The profile view changes with new, smaller, folding door mirrors with
integrated turn signal lights. New wheels are available: the 17-inch
alloys have the same design as before, but with a darker finish; the
16-inch alloys now have a machined face finish.

At the rear there is a new bumper that incorporates an integrated low
level diffuser. The colours of the centre and outer lenses in the rear
light cluster have been changed and there is new trim for the rear
licence plate.

Interior design
Changes to Verso's interior include extensive 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. The attention to detail in raising the
sensory quality of the interior extends to using a new two-layer paint
finish for the interior door handles.

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.

On higher grade versions the bolsters are leather-covered with double
stitching to match the armrest and door trims. Another detail touch is
the introduction of a jack-knife style key.

Verso remains as roomy as ever and retains its best-in-class 975mm
couple distance between the first and second row of seats.

Toyota's Easy Flat-7 seating system delivers excellent flexibility,
with a possible 32 different seating combinations. Individual seats
are fitted in the second and third rows and those in the second row
have a 195mm sliding adjustment range.

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.

There is a boot management system under the floor where items can be
stored out of sight. Its capacity varies according to how many seats
are folded down, and whether a full size spare tyre or tyre repair kit
is specified. The tonneau cover can also be stored in this space when
not in use.

There is plenty more storage around the cabin, include a
twin-compartment glovebox, that has a cooled upper section large
enough to carry a 1.5-itre bottle, and an 8.2-litre lower section.

There is also a spacious centre console box, door pockets, seatback
storage, fold-down tables with integrated cupholders, a drawer beneath
the front passenger seat, an overhead consoles and pockets for the
driver and front passenger that can be used to hold mobile phones or
music players.

A full-length panoramic roof is available, measuring 2,340 by 1,280mm,
bringing significantly more light into the cabin and increasing the
sense of spaciousness.

Verso's 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has been revised for better
torque delivery at low revs and quieter running. At the same the
engine's CO2 emissions have been reduced by 10g/km to fall below

The 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel engine will also be available, with a
choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The former
develops 175bhp/131kW with 159g/km CO2 emissions, the latter
148bhp/110kW 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.

Driving dynamics
Verso is designed to ride with all the stability and comfort of a
conventional passenger car. Its driving dynamics have been further
revised to achieve even greater body control and more agile handling.

Adding extra welding points has improved body rigidity, and the
suspension (front MacPherson struts, rear torsion beam) has been tuned
for a more comfortable ride. The electric power steering has been
adjusted, too, for better feel and feedback.

The cabin has been made quieter by adding sound damping to the
A-pillars and the introduction of smaller, more aerodynamic door
mirrors which cut the amount of wind noise. Engine combustion noise
has been reduced, too, and better sound damping has been provided
between the engine compartment and cabin.
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