The Toyota Proace Verso, sister car to the Peugeot Traveller and Citroen Spacetourer, has made its debut at the Geneva motor show
Jimi Beckwith
22 February 2016

The Toyota Proace Verso has made its official debut at the Geneva motor show, alongside the new Hilux and C-HR crossover.

The van-based MPV, which shares much of its architecture with the Citroën Spacetourer and Peugeot Traveller in the ongoing PSA-Toyota partnership, will be offered in three separate sizes like its Peugeot and Citroën relatives, and will seat up to nine people.

The market segment is currently unoccupied by Toyota, with its largest current MPVs, the Verso and Prius+ offering only seven seats.

Toyota hasn’t released any specification details for the Proace Verso yet, but claims that "advanced safety and convenience" technologies will feature.

Among the engines on offer in its Citroën and Peugeot siblings are a 2.0 BlueHDi 150 S&S and a 2.0-litre 180bhp diesel respectively, both of which are used elsewhere in Peugeot and Citroën’s model line-ups. The Proace Verso will use existing Toyota engines, possibly including the 141bhp 2.0 D-4D from the Avensis and RAV4.

With hybrid powertrains in an increasing number of Toyotas, it is also likely that the Proace Verso will eventually be offered as a hybrid, although Toyota could not confirm this.

The Citroën Spacetourer and Peugeot Traveller will also make their debuts at Geneva, alongside Spacetourer Hyphen and Traveller i-Lab concepts based on their namesakes.

Our Verdict

Toyota Verso
Toyota's seven-seat Verso MPV majors on practicality and durability

Appealing to some, thanks to a fine balance of quality, space and refinement, but rarely thrilling to be in

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22 February 2016
Jimi Beckwith wrote:

The Proace Verso will use existing Toyota engines, possibly including the 141bhp 2.0 D-4D from the Avensis and RAV4.

Oh, you mean the ones they buy from BMW? That would make total sense, right? They rebadge vans from another manufacturer, and then buy engines from a third party and fit them in.

 

Please insert paragraps where needed.

22 February 2016

Did someone just say Ford Transit? I am sure it will sell like hot cakes as the badge, sheep.. oops! Ahem... I mean the badge snobs in the UK would declare it better, and fork out more than they should... Kerching!! They could already hear the tills ring way back in Japan..

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