The Toyota Proace Verso has made its UK debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, marking Toyota’s return to the large MPV market with a flexible vehicle with a carrying capacity of up to nine people.
In the UK Proace Verso is available in three versions – Shuttle, Family and VIP – featuring a choice of three body and two wheelbase lengths. Power is from three turbodiesel engines: 113bhp 1.6-litre with stop and start and six-speed manual transmission; 148bhp 2.0-litre with six-speed manual; and 177bhp 2.0-litre with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Across the board the powertrain target best-in-class CO2 emissions.
2016 Toyota Proace Verso key facts
- People carrier range offering up to nine seats
- Proace Verso marks Toyota’s return to the large MPV market
- Range features three diesel engines with outputs from 113 to 177 bhp
- Choice of two wheelbase and three body lengths
- Three-model range features Shuttle (nine seats), Family (eight) and VIP (seven)
- Compact version 4606mm, Medium 4956mm, Long 5308mm
- Available to order now, customer deliveries from December
High specification levels include user-friendly equipment such as rail-mounted sliding seats, opening rear tailgate glass, automatic sliding side doors and a panoramic roof. Proace Verso has recently been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test programme and is available with Toyota Safety Sense advanced active safety and driver assistance features.
Design and Packaging
There are three body sizes – compact, medium and long. At 4.6 metres long and with a 2.9-metre wheelbase, the compact version is remarkably spacious within its more modest external dimensions, providing accommodation for nine people on board. In spite of this, its turning circle is just 11.3 metres, making it a highly manoeuvrable vehicle for use around town.
The medium version is 4.9 metres long and its wheelbase is extended to 3.2 metres. The long version retains the 3.2-metre wheelbase but features an extended rear overhang to make more space for luggage, increasing the overall length to 5.3 metres.
The dashboard design features clear, analogue dials and ergonomic switchgear. The driver enjoys excellent all-round visibility from the elevated, SUV-like driving position and use of a short-throw gear lever mounted close to the steering wheel.
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Grade Structure and Seating Formats
There are three grades in the Proace Verso range: Shuttle, Family and VIP. Shuttle is available in medium or long body sizes; Family in compact or medium; and VIP in long.
The target customer for the Shuttle is typically a self-employed person who needs the space and seating for business or family use. It comes with low running costs and is fitted out with nine seats (including driver).
Standard equipment features include power windows, adaptive dusk-sensing headlights, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and body colour-matched bumpers and doorhandles. The tailgate has a heater and wash-wiper system. In the cabin there is an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and additional child mirror, curtain airbags, a multi-function roof, automatic air conditioning, a cooled and illuminated glove box and an audio system with DAB tuner, USB port and . Toyota Safety Sense can be specified as an option.
The Family grade focuses on space, modularity and comfort for leisure users. Its eight-seat layout features rail-mounted, sliding and removable, 60:40 split second and third row seating, giving an extra dimension of flexibility and practicality. Second row passengers benefit from aeroplane-style seatback tables, and all six rear seats are equipped with Isofix child seat anchors.
Additional equipment features in addition to the Shuttle specification include carpet mats, a luggage over and net, side window sunshades, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, satellite navigation, a touchscreen-controlled multimedia system, an opening tailgate window and a folding function for the door mirrors. Toyota Safety Sense is also provided as standard on the Family model. The multi-function roof and rear air conditioning are not available with the compact body.
The VIP is designed for use as executive transport and comes with appropriately high equipment specification and comfort levels. It accommodates seven, with (heated) captain’s chairs for the driver and front passenger.
As on the Family model, the rail-mounted second and third row seats can be slide-adjusted, or removed altogether. There is also an occasional rear table, again mounted on rails for easy adjustment. The centre row seats can be reversed to provide a more informal travelling configuration.
Key equipment features include welcome illumination, smart entry and start, xenon headlamps, front passenger seat height and lumbar adjustment, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass and automatic power-closing side doors.
Engines and gearboxes
The front-wheel drive Proace Verso is available with a choice of three powertrains featuring 1.6 and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines.
The 113bhp/85kW 1.6-litre engine is equipped with stop and start and uses a six-speed manual gearbox. Target CO2 emissions (subject to homologation) are between 133 and 137g/km.
The 148bhp/100kW 2.0-litre unit also makes use of a six-speed manual transmission and is expected to generate between 139 and 143 g/km of CO2.
A 177bhp/126kW version of the 2.0 engine completes the UK range, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. CO2 emissions of 151 to 159g/km are anticipated.
Proace Verso is available with Toyota Safety Sense, equipping the vehicle with active safety and driver assistance technologies designed to help prevent an accident happening, or mitigating the consequences of an impact. The package includes Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Alert, Road Sign Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic High Beam. The system is fitted as standard to the family model and is available as an option on the Shuttle and VIP.