The Toyota Verso-S offers front seat headroom, rear seat roominess and luggage capacity to rival that of C-segment cars. Unique to the segment, its 60:40 split rear seats feature a one-touch, fold-flat mechanism operable from within the loadspace. The loadspace itself incorporates a lightweight, dual-level deck board floor for maximum cargo volume flexibility.
Also unique to the B-MPV segment and a Toyota first, a new, 6.1 inch, full colour, touch screen system, Toyota Touch, provides customers with a comprehensive multimedia interface. Standard as from mid grade, it will incorporate AM/FM radio, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, a USB port for the connection of portable music players, a trip information screen and a rear view camera.
As from May 2011, Toyota Touch & Go, a navigation system representing the best value for money on the market, will equip the Toyota Verso-S. It includes all the most popular navigation functions, such as advanced traffic coverage, customisable speed limits and speed camera warnings.
Using a compatible mobile phone, via Bluetooth, the system offers on-board connectivity to Google Local Search. Via Google Maps, destinations may be inputted remotely from home or office, and Points of Interest may be downloaded for entry as destinations.
Designed by Toyota, Touch & Go is flexible and affordable. The system can be updated with the newest functions without the need to upgrade the multimedia base unit. A Touch & Go Apps facility will make fuel price, weather and parking space information available later in 2011. Thereafter, new App options will be rolled out, accessible via a web portal.
The lightest and most fuel-efficient vehicle in the B-MPV segment, the new Toyota Verso-S offers customers a choice of a 1.33 litre dual VVT-i petrol engine or a 1.4 litre D-4D turbodiesel. Both engines offer class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The 1.33 litre petrol engine may be equipped with an optional Multidrive, continuously variable transmission (CVT) incorporating a 7-step, sequential paddle shift mode, the first CVT in the segment.
The Toyota Verso-S has a long, 2,550mm wheelbase. Its wide opening front and rear doors give access to a spacious, practical and flexible interior. The interior design focuses not only on ergonomic excellence, but also on the high perceived quality and visual and tactile appeal demanded by increasingly discerning B-segment customers.
The dashboard shares the precise, clean lines of the exterior bodywork's surfaces. It has been divided into upper and lower zones, reducing its perceived mass.
Reinforcing the quality of the Toyota Verso-S interior, the upper instrument panel and the shoulder area of the front door panels are clad in soft-touch materials, and the instrument panel and upper door trim are finished in a new, geometric grain pattern which changes appearance from differing viewpoints. The instrument cluster, bright silver centre console and air vents are trimmed with crisp, three-dimensional, brushed metal finish surrounds to further enhance the perception of quality.
The functional, easy-to-read instrument cluster features three dials with a large, central speedometer. It houses a multi-information display which will indicate overall average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and possible cruising range.
Passenger Accommodation - Maximum interior space and one-touch seat folding
Sacrificing neither sturdiness nor safety, every element of the new Verso-S interior design has been streamlined to maximise interior space.
The lower part of the door trims has been made thinner to create more foot space on entry and exit. Slim, WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) equipped front seats with a newly designed inner frame provide top-class knee room for rear seat passengers. And the sides of the roof taper sharply upwards to clearly separate them from the headliner, creating a spacious cabin atmosphere with a class-leading 120mm of front passenger headroom.
Raised front (620mm) and rear seating hip point heights offer good visibility and ease of entry and exit. Driver comfort has been further enhanced by the addition of 60mm seat height adjustment, an armrest, and the placing of the gear lever as close to the steering wheel as possible.
The 60:40 split rear seats feature a centre armrest and a one-touch, fold-flat mechanism. Unique to the segment, the rear seats may also be remotely folded from the cargo area, with tilt down levers fitted to both sides of the loadspace side walls within easy reach of the tailgate.
Loadspace - Dual-level deck board for flexible load capacity
The top-hinged tailgate is cut into the Toyota Verso-S's rear bumper, giving lip-free access to the loadspace. The 760mm long loadspace floor incorporates a flexible, lightweight, dual-level deck board. This may be positioned at bumper level to give a flat floor throughout and a 336 litre cargo volume, or lowered with one hand to increase the loadspace depth by 120mm and the cargo volume by 57 litres to 393 litres. With the board removed altogether, the spare wheel well is included1 within the loadspace, increasing cargo volume to 429 litres. And with the rear seats folded flat, the total loadspace volume increases to 1,388 litres.
Storage - Smart and generous, with MP3 connectivity
Despite the maximisation of interior roominess, the smart array of storage solutions essential to a family car has not been compromised. The Verso-S has no less than 19 separate storage compartments. These include bottle and cup holders, generous front and rear door pockets, a storage tray under the front passenger seat, and a versatile, three-level, dashboard storage compartment incorporating a USB port for the connection of portable MP3 players.
1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine
The 1.33 litre petrol engine is equipped with dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and a remarkably high compression ratio of 11.5:1. It generates 73kW/ 99 DIN hp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 125Nm at 4,000 rpm, combining strong dynamic performance with class-leading fuel economy of just 5.5l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 127g/km.
The engine unit is lightweight and compact, with a small bore and long stroke, resulting in a very high power-to-weight ratio. It features a resin-type cylinder head cover and intake manifold, and the intake channel has been streamlined to optimise airflow for improved combustion efficiency.
The adoption of camshaft roller rocker arms, a highly compact oil pump and a reduction in the number of ribs on the auxiliary belt helps minimise engine friction losses, hence improving fuel economy. And control of the Dual VVT-i and EGR systems has been integrated to further enhance combustion efficiency.
Dual VVT-i helps boost response levels across the entire rev range by varying the air-fuel intake and exhaust valve timing to suit the conditions at any given time. In addition to improving torque at low and medium engine speeds, the system also reduces emissions, and improves fuel efficiency by 2.7% in comparison to VVT-i.
EGR reintroduces precise amounts of cooled exhaust gas into the intake system. This not only reduces engine pumping loses through a reduction in intake vacuum pressure, but also lowers engine operating temperatures by 40˚C to minimise the situations where fuel enrichment is necessary to protect the catalytic converter from overheating damage. Fuel economy is thereby further improved by 2.4%.
Multidrive S Transmission
The 1.33 litre petrol engine's optional Multidrive S transmission showcases Toyota's latest Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) technology. Featuring a manual override, sequential, 7-step mode operable by either the gearshift lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles, Multidrive S is the first Continuously Variable Transmission in the segment.
This compact, lightweight CVT system is one of the most fuel efficient automatic transmissions on the market. Returning 5.2l/100km and generating CO2 emissions of just 120g/km, it is delivering lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions then the conventional manual transmission.
Multidrive S consists of a pair of pulleys with variable width grooves, connected by a metal belt. By continuously varying the groove width - and hence the diameter - of both pulleys, an infinite number of gear ratios may be created.
Multidrive S operates within a wider band of gear ratios than a conventional transmission, allowing for both better acceleration from a standstill and improved fuel efficiency at cruising speeds.
The CVT transmission is connected to the engine by a fluid torque converter with electronically controlled, variable oil pressure.
A lock-up function physically links the two parts of the torque converter, the pump and turbine, effectively changing the converter into a purely mechanical coupling with no slippage and virtually no power loss.
However, torque converter lock-up at low vehicle speeds tends to generate excessive powertrain booming noise due to the loss of the vibration damping inherent in such fluid-based systems.
Multidrive S addresses this issue by incorporating Toyota's first CVT Flex Lock-up Control. Continuously adjusting the degree of lock-up within the torque converter, this control function optimises the transmission's balance of torque delivery and fuel economy. It allows the engine to maximise fuel efficiency, whilst minimising vibration at even low vehicle speeds.
Multidrive S' advanced control systems incorporate several other new features to improve fuel efficiency and enhance the driving experience:
When pulling away from a standstill, a new Flex Start Control lowers the vehicle speed at which torque converter lock-up is possible from 15 to just 10 kilometres per hour. This minimizes torque waste, producing optimum acceleration from lower engine revs for improved fuel economy.
When coasting and under deceleration, Lock-up Slip Control enhances freewheeling efficiency through an expansion of fuel shut off duration. When the vehicle is stationary in D-mode, a neutral control will temporally disengage the transmission from the engine to minimise idling fuel consumption.
The CVT's Speed Ratio Control incorporates a number of systems to not only improve fuel efficiency but also enhance the driving experience. Uphill/downhill shift control uses information from various vehicle sensors to determine whether the Toyota Verso-S is travelling up- or downhill. When travelling uphill, speed ratio changes are restricted to achieve smooth operation. If brake pedal use is detected when travelling downhill, the speed ratio is automatically changed to provide appropriate engine braking force.
Engaging the Multidrive S Sport mode brings a closer alignment of engine and vehicle speeds, giving a more linear feel to acceleration in the manner of a conventional manual transmission. The Sport mode enhances acceleration performance and awards the driver a more dynamic driving experience.
Stop & Start System
Verso-S models fitted with the 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine may be equipped with a Stop & Start system. The system may be used in conjunction with the optional Multidrive S transmission, delivering best-in-class fuel consumption of 5.0l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 117g/km. This marks the first joint application of Stop & Start and CVT technology.
Featuring an immediate restart with virtually no engine sound or vibration, the system delivers significant reductions in CO2 emissions during urban driving, and can lower fuel consumption by up to 10%5, depending on driving conditions.
Stop & Start automatically stops the engine when the car is stationary, and the clutch pedal - or brake pedal in the case of Multidrive S - is pressed. The engine will automatically restart, within less than half a second, when the same pedal is released.
The system's rapid restart is made possible through the use of the world's first permanently engaged gear mechanism in which the starter motor and flywheel are linked, via a ring gear, by a one way clutch. This high power, maintenance-free system reduces engine start noise levels within the cabin, and seat vibration levels.
A back-up boost converter is incorporated to protect the audio system, meters and ECUs (Electronic Control Units) from a voltage drop caused by the electrical load of the starter motor. The converter boosts the voltage supplied to accessories in compensation for the power consumed by the starter motor.
Now able to function in temperatures as low as -15°C, Toyota's Stop & Start technology also allows for the continued operation of the air-conditioning system.
With the air-conditioning in use, the engine will not stop if the desired cabin temperature has not been reached. When that temperature has been reached, the air-conditioner will switch to 'ECO-run', allowing the engine to stop.
The Verso-S's improved Stop & Start system has been optimised to allow the engine to remain off for up to half a minute longer than that of its predecessor, even with the air conditioning running.
The engine will automatically restart in the event of low battery charge, or if the vehicle begins to move, in the interests of safety.