A new people carrier, the Toyota Proace Verso, makes its world debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show, reintroducing true MPV flexibility and a carrying capacity of up to nine people to the Toyota model range.
Building on customer needs, the new range will include a comprehensive selection of people carrier models. Available in three grades, Proace Verso will offer customers a choice of three body lengths across the entire model range, from the Compact to the VIP version, Toyota’s new MPV allows up to nine people to travel comfortably with their luggage.
Five diesel powertrains vary in output from 94 to 177 bhp. With a choice of manual, robotised manual and automatic transmissions, they target best-in-class CO2 emissions. High specification levels include unique, user-friendly equipment such as rail-mounted sliding seats, opening rear tailgate glass, foot-operated automatic sliding side doors and a panoramic roof. Safety standards are on a par with Toyota passenger cars and Proace Verso has recently been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test programme.
Proace Verso: 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 offers a remarkable size/roominess ratio. Despite still offering a nine-seat cabin capacity, its turning circle of only 11.3 metres makes it easy to manoeuvre and park in built-up areas.
The Medium version is 4.9 metres long with a 3.2 metre wheelbase. The Long version has the same 3.2 metre wheelbase but features an extended rear overhang for greater luggage capacity, increasing overall length to 5.3 metres. Benefitting from practical, left and right-hand side sliding rear doors and a top-hinged tailgate, all mode variants are 2.2 metres wide and 1.9 metres high.
Family grade models may be identified by coloured bumpers, a chrome trim surround to the lower front grille, fog lamps and separate-opening tailgate glass fitted as standard. The new Proace Verso comes with a choice of wheels includes 16” or 17” steel full-wheel covers and 17” alloys, depending on the choice of grade.
The dashboard design features clear, analogue dial instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear. Boasting excellent all-round visibility, the SUV-like driving position features a short-throw gear lever mounted close to the steering wheel. Three interior grades build on the carpet flooring and durable seat fabric of the entry level, with high quality inserts, metallic trim, premium upholstery and, on top-of-the-range models, a centre console-mounted, full-colour, multimedia touch screen.
Proace Verso: Grade Structure and Seating Formats
The Proace Verso provides customers a choice of three grades – Shuttle, Family and VIP. Shuttle and Family grades are available in either Compact, Medium or Long body styles, and VIP grade in Medium and Long bodied variants.
Targeting the self-employed owner for either family or commercial use, with low running costs, the Shuttle grade features a carpeted floor and higher quality fabric upholstery. It is available with a choice of eight or nine-seat configurations.
The Family grade focuses on space, modularity and comfort for leisure users. Its eight-seat layout combines ‘captain’s chair’ front seats with rail-mounted, sliding and removable, 60:40 split second and third row seating, for MPV levels of interior flexibility and practicality. Second row passengers benefit from aeroplane-style tables, and all six rear seats are equipped with the Isofix system.
Designed for use as executive transport and recognisable by its privacy glass, the VIP grade offers customers range-topping equipment specification and comfort levels. Also featuring rail-mounted, sliding and removable second and third row seats, it offers of choice of six or seven-seat interior configurations. Mounted on rails between the two second row seats, a foldable table can be utilised for the comfort of rear passengers. The latter combines front and middle row ‘captain’s chairs’ with a 60:40 split rear tier, whilst the former’s three rows of twinned ‘captain’s chairs’ represent the ultimate in people carrier luxury. Unique to the VIP grade, the centre row seats of either format may be reversed for a more informal travelling configuration.
Proace Verso: Powertrains
Proace Verso will be available with a range of five powertrains featuring 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines offering a choice of power outputs and transmissions. Incorporating Stop & Start system, they target best-in-class CO2 emissions.
A 70 kW/94 DIN hp variant of the 1.6-litre engine is available in either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed robotised manual transmission. The former generates CO2 emissions of 144-148 g/km, whilst, equipped with Stop & Start, the later just 135-139* g/km. A more powerful, 85 kW/113 bhp version of the 1.6-litre unit is available with a six-speed manual transmission. Featuring Stop & Start, it generates CO2 emissions of 133-137 g/km CO2.
The 2.0-litre 110 kW/148 bhp turbo diesel with its six-speed manual transmission is equipped with Stop & Start and generates 139-143 g/km of CO2. Available with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 130 kW/177 bhp variant of the 2.0-litre unit is the most powerful engine in the model range. Equipped with Stop & Start, it generates CO2 emissions of 151-159* g/km.
Proace Verso Safety
Achieving a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, the Proace Verso is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, a newly developed set of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations. Combining millimetre-wave radar and camera technology for advanced detection capabilities, the new Toyota people carrier’s active safety systems include Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Driver Attention Alert, Road Sign Assist and Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Adaptive Front Lighting, and an Automatic High Beam system.
|Max power bhp/kW @ rpm)||94/70 @3,750||94/70 @3,750||113/85 @ 3,500|
|Max torque (Nm @ rpm)||210 @ 1,750||240 @ 1,750||300 @ 1,750|
|Transmission||Manual 5 speed||Robotized 6 speed||Manual 6 speed|
|Max speed (mph)||90||NA||99|
|Acc 0 to 62 mph (seconds)||15.9||NA||13.4|
|Fuel consumption (combined mpg)||50 to 51||NA||54 to 55|
|CO2 emissions (combined g/km)||144 to 148||135 to 139*||133 to 137|
|Max power(bhp/kW @ rpm)||148/100 @ 4,000||177/126 @ 3,750|
|Max torque (Nm @ rpm)||370 @ 2,000||400 @ 2,000|
|Transmission||Manual 6 speed||Automatic 6 speed|
|Max speed (mph)||106||NA|
|Acc 0 to 62 mph (seconds)||11||NA|
|Fuel consumption (combined mpg)||51 to 53||NA|
|CO2 emissions (combined g/km)||139 to 143||151 to 159*|