Geneva, Switzerland,
01
March
2016
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12:00
Europe/Amsterdam

NEW TOYOTA PROACE VERSO

Multi-Purpose Vehicle for a New Way of Travelling

A new people carrier, the PROACE VERSO, makes its world debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show, reintroducing true MPV flexibility and a carrying capacity of up to nine passengers to the Toyota model range.

Building on the experience gained from the first PROACE (which replaced the Hiace in 2013), the new range will include a comprehensive selection of PROACE VERSO people carrier models.

Available in three grades, the new PROACE VERSO will offer customers a choice of three body lengths. Across the entire model range, from the unique Compact to the VIP version, Toyota’s new MPV allows up to 9 passengers to travel comfortably with their luggage.

Five diesel powertrains vary in output from 95 to 180 DIN hp. Mated to a choice of manual, robotised manual and automatic transmissions, they target best-in-class CO2 emissions.High specification levels include unique, user-friendly equipment such as rail-mounted sliding seats, opening rear tailgate glass, foot-operated automatic sliding side doors and a panoramic roof.Safety standards are on a par with the high levels expected of any Toyota passenger car, and the PROACE VERSO has recently been awarded 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test programme.

Design and Packaging

Its striking Under Priority frontal design language identifying it as the latest addition to the Toyota family, the new PROACE VERSO will be available in a choice of three body sizes - Compact, Medium and Long.

4.6 m long and with a 2.9 m wheelbase, the Compact version offers a remarkable size/roominess ratio. Despite still offering a 9-seat cabin capacity, its turning circle of only 11.3 metres makes it easy to manoeuvre and park in built-up areas.

The Medium version is 4.9 m long with a 3.2 m wheelbase. The Long version has the same 3.2 m wheelbase but features an extended rear overhang for greater luggage capacity, increasing overall length to 5.3 m.

Benefitting from practical, left- and right-hand side sliding rear doors and a top-hinged tailgate, all three PROACE VERSO variants are 2.2 m wide and 1.9 m high.

Family grade models may be identified by coloured bumpers, a chrome trim surround to the lower front grille, foglamps and separate-opening tailgate glass fitted as standard. A grade dependent choice of wheels includes 16” or 17” steel full-wheel covers and 17” alloys.

A comprehensive options list includes foot-operated automatic sliding side doors and, on all grades of Medium and Long vehicles, a panoramic glass roof.

On board, the robust, functional and spacious interior has been designed to meet the needs of both private and commercial owners, transporting up to nine passengers, and their luggage, in comfort. Comprehensive storage throughout the cabin includes cup-holders and generous door pockets. The dashboard design features clear, analogue dial instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear. Boasting excellent all-round visibility, the PROACE VERSO’s SUV-like driving position features a short-throw gear lever mounted as close to the steering wheel as possible, maximising the time driver spends with both hands on the wheel.

Three interior grades build on the carpet flooring and durable seat fabric of the entry level PROACE VERSO with high quality inserts, metallic trim, premium upholstery and, on top-of-the-range models, a centre console-mounted, full-colour, multimedia touch screen.

Grade Structure and Seating Formats

The new PROACE VERSO offers customers a choice of three grades - Shuttle, Family and VIP. Shuttle and Family grades are available in either Compact, Medium or Long body styles, and VIP grade in Medium and Long bodied variants.

Targeting the self-employed owner and either family or commercial use, with low running costs, the Shuttle grade features a carpeted floor and higher quality fabric upholstery. It is available with a choice of 8- or 9-passenger seating configurations.

The Family grade focuses on space, modularity and comfort for leisure users. Its 8-passenger seating layout combines ‘captain’s chair’ front seats with rail-mounted, sliding and removable, 60:40 split second and third row seating, for MPV levels of interior flexibility and practicality. Second row passengers benefit from aeroplane-style tables, and all six rear seats are equipped with the Isofix system.

Designed for use as executive transport and recognisable by its privacy glass, the VIP grade offers customers range-topping equipment specification and comfort levels. Also featuring rail-mounted, sliding and removable second and third row seats, it offers of choice of 6- or 7-seat interior configurations. Mounted on rails between the two second row seats, a foldable table can be deployed for the comfort of rear passengers.

The latter combines front and middle row ‘captain’s chairs’ with a 60:40 split rear tier, whilst the former’s three rows of twinned ‘captain’s chairs’ represent the ultimate in people carrier luxury. Unique to the VIP grade, the centre row seats of either format may be reversed for a more informal travelling configuration.

Powertrains

The new PROACE VERSO will be available with a range of five powertrains featuring 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel engines offering a choice of power outputs and transmissions. Incorporating Stop & Start system, they target best-in-class CO2 emissions.

A 70 kW/95 DIN hp variant of the 1.6 litre engine may be mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed robotised manual transmission. The former generates CO2 emissions of 144-148 g/km, whilst, equipped with Stop & Start, the later just 135-139* g/km.

A more powerful, 85 kW/115 DIN hp version of the 1.6 litre unit is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Featuring Stop & Start, it generates CO2 emissions of 133-137 g/km CO2.

The 2.0 litre, 110 kW/150 DIN hp turbodiesel is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Equipped with Stop & Start, it generates 139-143 g/km of CO2. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 130 kW/180 DIN hp variant of the 2.0 litre unit is the most powerful engine in the new PROACE VERSO model range. Equipped with Stop & Start, it generates CO2 emissions of 151-159* g/km.

Safety

The new PROACE VERSO is equipped with ‘Toyota Safety Sense’, a newly developed set of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations. In addition, it has recently been awarded a 5-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

Combining millimetre-wave radar and camera technology for advanced detection capabilities, the new Toyota people carrier’s active safety systems include Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Driver Attention Alert, Road Sign Assist and Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Adaptive Front Lighting, and an Automatic High Beam system.

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