Toyota Verso-S

From Toyota press: Toyota’s new Verso-S is instantly recognisable through its compact and appealing exterior styling. In keeping with its urban-friendly dimensions, it features short front and rear overhangs. Yet it is given a sleek appearance by its powerful, sweeping coachwork lines and the surfaces created by the combination of smooth transitions between concave and convex sharp edges.

The sculpted, three-dimensional front is dominated by a wide grille framed by contoured headlamps. The design is complimented by a large lower air intake and highly sculpted fog lamp surrounds integrated within the front bumper extremities to reinforce the car’s broad stance and agile handling.

In profile, the A pillar flows seamlessly into the long roofline. A single, crisp character line runs smoothly through the full length of the vehicle. The side glazing with blacked out pillars and a large panoramic sunroof emphasise the maximisation of interior space within the compact bodyshell.

The 1.33 litre petrol engine is equipped with dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and a remarkably high compression ratio of 11.5:1. It generates 73kW/ 99 DIN hp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 125Nm at 4,000 rpm, combining strong dynamic performance with class-leading fuel economy of just 5.5l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 127g/km.

The engine unit is lightweight and compact, with a small bore and long stroke, resulting in a very high power-to-weight ratio. It features a resin-type cylinder head cover and intake manifold, and the intake channel has been streamlined to optimise airflow for improved combustion efficiency.

The adoption of camshaft roller rocker arms, a highly compact oil pump and a reduction in the number of ribs on the auxiliary belt helps minimise engine friction losses, hence improving fuel economy. And control of the Dual VVT-i and EGR systems has been integrated to further enhance combustion efficiency.

Dual VVT-i helps boost response levels across the entire rev range by varying the air-fuel intake and exhaust valve timing to suit the conditions at any given time. In addition to improving torque at low and medium engine speeds, the system also reduces emissions, and improves fuel efficiency by 2.7% in comparison to VVT-i.

EGR reintroduces precise amounts of cooled exhaust gas into the intake system. This not only reduces engine pumping loses through a reduction in intake vacuum pressure, but also lowers engine operating temperatures by 40˚C to minimise the situations where fuel enrichment is necessary to protect the catalytic converter from overheating damage. Fuel economy is thereby further improved by 2.4%.

The 1.4-litre D-4D common rail, intercooled turbodiesel employs the latest piezo-electric technology and is equipped, as standard, with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). It generates 66kW/90 DIN hp at 3800rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 1800-2800rpm.

Benefiting from high injection pressure of 160MPa, the piezo-electric injectors can supply larger, more precise volumes of diesel at twice the speed of conventional fuel injectors. Because of their high operating speed, they can deliver multiple injections per combustion cycle, optimising the combustion process for responsive performance, class-leading fuel economy of 4.3l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 113g/km.

Numerous measures have been adopted to reduce friction losses and improve the diesel unit’s fuel efficiency. The oil pump employs two-stage oil pressure control, Teflon coating has been applied to the front crankshaft oil seal, automatic belt tensioning has been reduced and a modified engine coolant path improves engine warm-up time.

An Eco Driving Indicator is included in the instrument binnacle of Verso-S models equipped with Multidrive S transmission, helping drivers to realise an eco-friendly, low emission-style of motoring. Under Eco driving, the Eco Driving Indicator light will illuminate during accelerator operation in the most fuel efficient zone. When the use of the accelerator exceeds this zone, the Eco light goes out.

On manual models, a Gear Shift Indicator prompts the Verso-S driver to shift up or down a gear for maximum fuel efficiency. Monitoring driving conditions, vehicle speed and throttle inputs, the system can help reduce fuel consumption by 0.5-3.0%, depending on driving styles.

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