2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Toyota is reaping the first fruits from its cooperation with BMW. A diesel engine from Munich will be working in the Verso family van from March.
By Thomas Flehmer
The Verso is once again playing a pioneering role in the European branch of Toyota. Years ago the family van was the first Toyota that drove up under the sole responsibility of Toyota Europe, but one year after the facelift, the world's largest car manufacturer granted the 4.46 meter long five or seven-seater another premiere. From March 15, Toyota will be working under the bonnet of the Avensis-based Verso for the first time with a BMW engine.
Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D with 112 hp
The Japanese are thus reaping the fruits of the cooperation they entered into in 2012 with the Munich - based company, who exchanged engines with the French PSA group in previous years. And the small diesel with 82 kW / 112 PS fits the family carriage like a glove.
Equipped with a maximum torque of 270 Newton meters, which is applied between 1750 and 2250 revolutions, the 1.5 to 1.6 ton Verso is brought to 100 km / h in 12.7 seconds. As is almost customary with the Japanese, the competitor of the VW Touran does not advance to an athlete with the new unit, but the performance is completely sufficient.
Modifications to integrate the BMW engine
Because the Verso keeps the left lane of the autobahn for up to 185 kilometers per hour, which is just as completely sufficient. The BMW engine does its work quietly and the journey can be enjoyed. Not only the long sixth gear ensures smooth propulsion, but also a newly developed dual-mass flywheel that dampens the vibrations of the unit. In addition to the flywheel, the technicians also renewed the drive shaft and reconfigured the electronics to integrate the new engine.
Thanks to the small diesel engine, the 1.6 D-4D has become the most economical representative of the Verso model range. According to the standard cycle, the family van should be content with 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of over 119 grams per kilometer.
New Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D is set to boost diesel sales
The small self-igniter should help to raise the diesel share in Verso sales. So far, only the 2.2-liter unit with 150 and 177 hp has been available, but so far only a few Verso customers have used it. In return, the 1.6 D-4D should make up around forty percent of Verso sales in the future. And so the verso is once again playing a pioneering role. Because Toyota is not exactly known as a diesel specialist and relies more on hybrid drives. The Verso will become the first real diesel model among the Japanese.
While the engine is a premiere, everything in the interior, which was refreshed last year, remains the same. Great emphasis is placed on suitability for everyday use. The materials are robust and the instruments self-explanatory. The three individual seats can be moved further in length so that the children in the third row, which is optionally available for 650 euros, have a little legroom.
Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D from 23,550 euros
Without a third row of seats, at least 23,550 euros must be invested for the Verso with the BMW diesel. The medium-sized version, Verso Life, costs almost 3,000 euros more, while the top-of-the-range Verso Executive starts at 30,250 euros.
The VW Touran costs around 2000 euros more and is not so well equipped in the production version - but this is not a premiere.