Toyota has updated the Verso for 2014 with a host of new features and options. When it goes on sale in Europe next year, the C-segment MPV will offer a new direct-injected 1.6 litre D-4D turbodiesel engine sourced from BMW, becoming the first Toyota to adopt a BMW powerplant.
The Euro 5-compliant engine develops 112 PS at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,250 rpm. Mated to a Toyota six-speed gearbox, it accelerates the Verso from 0-100 km/h in 12.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 185 km/h.
The 1.6 litre D-4D is also 20 kg lighter and 8% more fuel-efficient than the 2.0 litre D-4D, being capable of returning a combined 4.5 litres per 100 km and emitting 119 grams of CO2 per km (a 10-gram improvement) in the Verso. Stop-start is also equipped.
To properly integrate the engine, Toyota has redesigned all electrical interfaces and fitted a newly-developed dual-mass flywheel to cut noise and vibration. The engine itself, which sits on new engine mounts, has been tuned for better throttle response. Finally, the spring settings for this 1.6 D-4D variant have been modified.
The 2014 Toyota Verso offers five other engine choices: 150 and 177 PS versions of the 2.2 litre D-CAT diesel, a 124 PS 2.0 litre D-4D diesel, a 132 PS 1.6 litre Valvematic petrol and a 147 PS 1.8 litre Valvematic petrol.
A new Trend trim level joins the existing Active, Icon and Excel trims. Trend sits between Icon and Excel, and what you get are blacked-out C-pillars, fog lamps, privacy glass and new 17-inch five-spoke alloys with a smoked silver finish. Also on the Trend is the Toyota Touch 2 with Go pack, which offers navigation and Toyota Online connected services.
Other new features on the 2014 Toyota Verso include an Avantgarde Bronze body colour, tyre pressure warning system as standard and new upholstery choices.