The 2014 Toyota Verso will be the first model from the Japanese carmaker to be powered by a new 1.6-liter D-4D diesel engine from BMW Group. Toyota engineers have implemented extensive modifications to the new 1.6 D-4D diesel engine, including a newly developed dual-mass flywheel, revised engine mounts, and completely redesigned electrical interfaces.
The engine is mated to a Toyota six-speed manual transmission that features stop-start technology. The BMW 1.6 D-4D diesel engine replaces the 2.0-liter D-4D engine in Toyota’s line-up in the United Kingdom – resulting to higher efficiency and weight savings of 20kg. It provides up to 110bhp (82kW) of output at 4,00rpm and up to 270Nm of torque generated from 1,750 to 2,250rpm, allowing the Verso compact MPV to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 12.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 115mph.
The new 1.6 D-4D diesel engine boasts of 8-percent better fuel economy than the 2.0 D-4D unit, with 62.8mpg combined cycle consumption. It also boasts of 10g/km lower carbon dioxide emissions at 119g/km.
The figures were reached thanks to the stop and start system, in line with the efficiency principles of Toyota Optimal Drive. Toyota was able to conquer a number of engineering challenges to integrate the new engine into Verso’s powertrain, particularly regarding the use of stop and start, minimizing NVH levels and ensuring quiet running at cruising speeds.
The 2014 Verso now features new Trend grade, introducing an extra dash of style and some high-tech equipment features. The Trend versions, slotted between the Icon and Excel models, are distinguishable thanks to a black C-pillar decal that creates a floating roof effect.
The Trend models feature their own five-spoke alloy wheel design, front fog lamps and rear privacy glass. The Trend models also has features from Toyota Touch 2 with Go, adding satellite navigation, connected services, Google Street View and TomTom real time traffic data to the multimedia system’s functions. Safety features include a rear-view camera and front parking sensors.