The new generation Toyota Verso makes its world debut at Geneva in just a few hours. The Toyota MPV improves on a number of features that were popular with the current generation car.

One of Toyota's ultra-successful world cars the Verso, debuts as a new third-generation model at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show. The MPV has undergone lots of changes since it was last launched.

For one the Easy Flat-7 system has been made easier to operate. The five rear seats can be individually folded with one simple pull of a lever to allow for more space. Toyota says there are 32 permutations that can be done with Easy Flat-7. Typically there are more storage bins and slots in the Verso than you find in a mountain climber's backpack.

When the Verso is launched in the UK in April three engines will be available, two of them petrol powered. The 1.6-litre VVT-I engine now has 132hp (98kW) and torque of 160Nm. It produces C02 emissions of 161g/km. The bigger 1.8-litre has a power output of 147hp (110kW) and maximum torque of 180Nm. The only diesel to be offered initially is the 2.0-litre D-4D with 126hp (93kW) and 310Nm of torque. At the end of the year a 2.2-litre turbo diesel with 150hp (112kW) and 340Nm will be sold. This is not a new engine as it is carried over from the current Verso. The engines are mated to a 6-speed manual or the new Multidrive CVT.

Inside Toyota uses LED technology to light up the footwells for easier access to the interior. The gear lever frees up space in the centre console because it is located close to the steering wheel. The large panoramic sunroof adds to the feeling of spaciousness in the Verso. Watch the promo video for more details.


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