Toyota reveals replacement for its seven-seat Vauxhall Zafira rival
2 March 2009

These are the first official pictures of the new Toyota Verso seven-seat MPV, which is due to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show tomorrow.

The new Toyota Verso, a rival for the Vauxhall Zafira and Renault Grand Scenic, has wider front and rear tracks and a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, which was based on the last Toyota Corolla. Toyota has also revised the Verso’s suspension geometry, with the goal of improving the quality of ride and handling, and the car’s stability.

As the Avensis styling cues at the nose suggest, the new Toyota Verso is based on the same platform architecture that underpins the Avensis, Auris and RAV4

Inside, Toyota has revised its Zafira-style Flat-7 folding seat technology, and particular attention has been paid to improving access to the two third-row seats.

The new Toyota Verso goes on sale in the UK this spring with a choice of 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre petrol engines (the 1.8 is the base petrol engine from the Toyota Avensis) and a 2.0-litre D-4D turbodiesel.

The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, while Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT gearbox is available as an option on the 1.8. A conventional six-speed auto, combined with Toyota’s 2.2-litre D-CAT turbodiesel (also from the Avensis) will join the line-up later in 2009.

Matt Rigby

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