Toyota re-enters the B-MPV segment with the new Verso-S that has recently arrived at the UK market. The all-new model made its world debut at the Paris Auto Show last September. The TR variant has a starting price of GBP13,995 while the T Spirit version is priced from GBP14,995.
Toyota highlighted the vehicle’s inside space and load capacity in its promotions. Toyota also emphasized the fact that it is the only model in its class to offer additional one-touch rear seat folding controls in the boot.
Overall, the Verso-S measures less than four meters (157-inch) long and it has a 2,550mm (100 inch) wheelbase but it offers about 336 liters of loadspace with the rear seats in place. The rear seats are divided 60:40 and have a simple one-touch flat-fold mechanism.
Furthermore, the deckboard can be moved between two positions to comply with loading requirements. The lower level raises the load depth by 120mm (4.72 inch) and overall capacity by 57 liters more. The loadspace on T Spirit models, which come with a tire repair kit, is taken up to 429 liters.
When the rear seats are folded flat, the VDA measurement for load-carrying extends to a maximum 1,388 liters. Throughout the cabin, 19 separate storage points are available, including door pockets, bottle and cupholders, a tray beneath the front passenger seat and a three-level dashboard compartment.
Verso-S marks the debut of the new Toyota Touch multimedia touchscreen system that allows drivers to control audio and communications functions. Coming as standard on all Verso-S models, Toyota Touch comes with Bluetooth for hands-free mobile phone use and audio streaming as well as a USB port for external music players.
Moreover, Toyota Touch comes with a trip information screen that shows details like journey time, distance and fuel economy as well as journey-by-journey comparison records. Starting in May 2011, customers could have their Toyota Touch upgraded with a new Touch and Go navigation package, allowing it to offer key navigation functions as well as the flexibility to add more features and applications through Google.
Customers could avail of the new Verso-S in two trims: TR and T Spirit. The TR trim features Toyota Touch, Bluetooth, front fog lamps, reversing camera, seven airbags, air conditioning, and one-touch folding rear seats.
On the other hand, T Spirit trim comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a segment-largest panoramic glass roof, front and rear electric windows, and dark-tinted rear privacy glass. Toyota offers three optional packs for the Verso-S – Style Pack, Leather Pack and Protection Pack. The Style Pack adds extra exterior chrome trim details while the Leather Pack endows the Verso-S with premium two-tone grey leather upholstery.
The Protection Pack, meanwhile, sees the addition of rear parking sensors, a boot liner and scuff plates. Retail sales are expected to generate over 75 percent of Verso-S sales, of which 70 percent are expected to be T Spirit models.