2014 Toyota Verso debuts with new 1.6 D-4D diesel from BMW

Article by Anita Panait, on December 18, 2013

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.

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2014 Toyota Verso

Launched in 2013, the Toyota Verso was developed exclusively for the European market. The company's first full-scale project to incorporate European-based Product Planning, Design, R&D and Purchasing from inception, Verso was designed, engineered and built entirely under the leadership of Toyota Motor Europe.

Styled at ED2, Toyota's European design centre in France, and with over 470 changed parts (60% visible, 40% related to driving dynamics and NVH), the current Verso represented a comprehensive model mid-lifecycle upgrade for Toyota in Europe.

Tailored to meet the increasingly varied demands of today's MPV customer, the stylish, comfortable and flexible Verso range represents outstanding value for money. Within compact exterior dimensions, it boasts exceptional roominess with one of the best seat couple distances in its class and the true multi-purpose vehicle versatility of the company's Easy Flat seating system.

Since the initial launch of the Verso in 2002, cumulative sales have risen to over 700,000 units. Built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey, the current Verso has sold some 40,000 units since its launch in 2013, increasing the company's C-MPV segment share to 4.6%.

Building on the existing range of 10 exterior colours and 16" and 17" alloy wheels, the 2014 Verso introduces a new Avantgarde Bronze paint, a new 7-spoke 16" alloy wheel and a bold, 5-spoke 17" alloy design with a darker, smoked silver finish.

On board, the 2014 Verso interior features a more tactile gear shift lever design, the addition of a Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS) to the standard equipment list, and the availability of new seat upholstery -a Dark Grey fabric with 3D-effect silver stitching and a Light Grey fabric with leather side bolsters.

New 1.6 D-4D

The 2014 Verso features an expanded line-up which introduces a new 1.6 D-4D (Direct injection - 4-stroke Diesel) engine to the range for the first time.

Diesel engine sales continue to dominate the European market in the C-MPV segment, and 1.6 litre variants currently account for over 50% of sales.

The engine for the 1.6 D-4D is sourced from the BMW Group, and is mated to a Toyota 6-speed gearbox. 20 kg lighter than the 2.0 D-4D powerplant, this Euro 5 compliant engine develops 112 DIN hp/82 kW at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,250 rpm. It accelerates the Verso from 0-100 km/h in 12.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 185 km/h.

The engine delivers an 8% improvement in fuel efficiency over the 2.0 D-4D unit, equating to fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km in the combined homologation cycle. Simultaneously, CO2 emissions have reduced from 129 to only 119 g/km.

These figures are supported by the first ever adoption of a Stop & Start system in the Verso range, in accordance with the principles of the Toyota Optimal Drive philosophy.

Several engineering challenges were key to the successful integration of the new 1.6 D-4D engine. All electrical interfaces were redesigned, and a newly-developed dual-mass flywheel was fitted to optimise noise and vibration.

New engine mounts offer particularly low vibration characteristics, especially under Stop & Start operation, minimising Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) and offering quiet running at cruising speeds.

The engine itself has been tuned to deliver a fast throttle response throughout the rev range. It generates good initial response at low rpm, then, as turbo boost develops, provides a linear torque build-up. The availability of torque has also been stretched, so the engine will happily rev beyond 3,000 rpm without running out of breath.

With ride quality already assured on the existing Verso, spring settings have been modified for the new 1.6 D-4D version to replicate the same levels of body control and ride comfort.

The addition of the 1.6 D-4D unit to the model range increases the engine line-up to a choice of 6 powerplants -150 DIN hp and 177 DIN hp versions of the 2.2 D-CAT diesel, a 124 DIN hp 2.0 D-4D diesel, the new 112 DIN hp 1.6 D-4D, and a choice of 1.6, 132 DIN hp and 1.8, 147 DIN hp Valvematic petrol engines.

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