TOYOTA’S new-look Verso compact MPV will cost from £17,495 when it reaches showrooms in the middle of next month.
The Verso, which broke cover at the Paris motor show in September, will join the new British-built Auris in strengthening Toyota’s presence on the family/compact car scene.
And with a fourth-generation RAV4 and Auris Touring Sports estate also scheduled for 2013, there are exciting times ahead for the Japanese brand.
In keeping with the company’s new design language the Verso will boast sharp-edged headlamp units, a narrow full-width upper grille, larger lower grille, new door mirrors and freshly designed wheels among 300 detail changes compared to the outgoing model.
While the engine line-up has been carried over, there are some adjustments, notably the 2.0 D-4D diesel engine has been revised for better torque delivery at low revs and quieter running.
At the same the engine’s CO2emissions have been reduced by 10g/km to fall below 130g/km.
The Verso range also adopts a new three-grade structure - Active, Icon and Excel – with entry point the five-seat Active with the 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission.
And equipment is comprehensive, all models featuring front fog lights, air-con, electric front windows, Hill-start Assist and, on the seven-seat version, Toyota’s Easy Flat folding system for the rear.
Icon grade adds the likes of cruise control, two-tone 16-inch alloys, DAB digital tuner, rear privacy glass and a folding function on the electrically adjustable door mirrors.
At the top of the range, Verso Excel models come with newly designed 17-inch alloys and premium features including new leather seat bolsters, Smart Entry and Start, roof rails and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers.
Options include a Skyview panoramic roof for Icon and Excel models at £550 and an Appearance Pack for Icon grade, providing bi-xenon HID headlights and LED daytime running lights with roof rails at £700.
Prices are from £17,495 for the 1.6 petrol Active five-seater, diesels start at £19,495 for the 2.0 D-4D Active seven-seat and sharing the top of the range at £23,445 is the Excel seven-seater with either petrol or diesel powerplants.