Toyota’s facelifted Verso was unveiled before it makes its official debut at the Paris Motor Show. The exterior styling of the seven-seater was modified to go with Toyota’s present design theme better. It gets a new trapezoidal grille and front bumper and has a bigger badge and some chrome trim details. It features restyled headlamps and currently possesses LED daytime running lights and optional high-intensity discharge headlights.
The car’s profile got several slight modifications with new door mirrors while its 17-inch alloy wheels appear darker. The revisions to its interior include a new satin black paint finish, chrome highlights and optional leather trim. The new seat fabrics and designs will be offered throughout the range, with enhanced side bolster support.
The wind noise in the cabin is lessened with a new A-pillar design and improved sound damping. The new Verso has a boot space of 155 litres but when the rear seats are folded flat, it expands to 440 litres. The new model gets an improved 2.0-litre diesel engine, which offers better torque at low revs and a decrease in CO2 emissions, which have fallen to lower than 130g/km.
Toyota will also offer a new 2.2-litre diesel engine, which delivers 175bhp when partnered with the six-speed manual gearbox. It also offers an optional six-speed automatic gearbox even as its power falls to 148bhp.
The 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol engines continue to be available but unchanged from the previous Verso. To improve rigidity and handling, Toyota added more welding points the new model’s body. The suspension was revised to offer a smoother ride. The electronic power steering was adapted to acquire an improved feel and feedback.
The latest Toyota Verso kept the three-grade strategy of its previous model. But with an improved interior and adding basic equipment for each grade, it now has more respect for the client's budget.
Live grade model standard equipment now has added features like front foglights, a Follow Me Home headlight function and integrated turn signal lamps to the heated and automatically adjustable door mirrors.
As if the current comprehensive Live grade was not enough, Active grade adds lower grille trim in chrome, a height adjustable front passenger seat, a piano black paint finish front license garnish, chrome foglamp surrounds, two-tone 16" machine faced alloy wheels, electrically folding door mirrors, and Toyota Touch, which gives the driver a rear view of the car.
Lounge grade on the other hand is more luxurious: adding leather seat bolsters, door trim with double stitching and armrest. It showcases dual zone automatic air-conditioning, rear side window sunshades, Smart Entry with push start, 17" alloy wheels, a Sensor Pack, and High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights.
A basic set of options includes a Skyview roof and HID lights with integrated LED DRLs and a Sensor Pack with automatic wiper and headlight operation and an auto-dimming back-view mirror.
A new Business Pack has been produced, with the intention of catering to conservative 1.6 L gasoline and 2.0 L diesel clients. It includes a leather steering wheel, 16" alloy wheels, Toyota Touch and cruise control.