The 2014 model year Verso compact MPV is the first Toyota model to adopt a BMW-sourced engine, two years after the two automakers made the announcement as part of a broader agreement that include the collaboration in the development of hybrid systems, diesel engines and even a sports car for the two brands.
In the case of the lightly refreshed 2014 Verso, the minivan gains BMW's 110hp (111PS) 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four diesel that replaces Toyota's 124Hp (126PS) 2.0-liter D-4D, with the Japanese automaker stating that it offers better efficiency, emissions, flexibility and NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) performance, along with a 20kg (44 pounds) weight saving.
Maximum output in the 1.6L unit is 110bhp (82kW or 111PS) at 4,000rpm and peak torque is 270Nm (199 lb-ft), available between 1,750 and 2,250rpm. Paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, the German diesel accelerates the Verso to 62mph (100km/h) in 12.7 seconds and offers a top speed of 115mph (185 km/h).
In terms of fuel economy, the 1.6L BMW unit is eight per cent better than the 2.0 D-4D engine, with 62.8mpg UK (52.3mpg US or 4.5 l/100km) combined cycle consumption. CO2 emissions are also lower by 10g/km at 119g/km.
Toyota added that it's European engineers have made changes to the suspension on the 1.6L model "to ensure levels of body control and ride comfort consistent with the rest of the range", which includes two petrol units, the 1.6-liter with 130Hp (132PS) and a 1.8-liter delivering 145Hp (147PS).
For 2014, Toyota's compact MPV also introduces a new Trend grade, with a “floating roof” effect similar to that of the Yaris offering, plus the latest version of the Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia and navigation system, front parking sensors and 17-inch alloys for the rest of the range.
European sales of the 2014 Verso will begin in March next year, with pricing to be announced around February.