When we all were expecting a BMW-Toyota collaborated Sportscar, here comes the 2014 Toyoto Verso. As part of the technical tie-up between the German and Japanese manufacturer, the 2014 Verso is the first Toyota to be powered by a BMW engine. A 1.6 litre D-4D diesel engine under its hood, the compact MPV produces 111 bhp @ 4000 rpm with max torque rated at 270 nm @ 1750 – 2250 rpm.
Also on offer are other engine options for the 2014 Toyota Verso that include the following three variants.
- 2.0 litre D-4D Diesel. 122 bhp @ 3600 rpm. 310 nm @ 1600.
- 1.6 litre Valvematic Petrol. 130 bhp @ 6400 rpm. 160 nm @ 4400 rpm
- 1.8 litre Valvematic Petrol. 180 bhp @ 6400 rpm. 180 nm @ 4000 rpm.
Didier Leroy, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe said: “At Toyota, we believe that tackling environmental challenges facing our industry will require more than one approach. Hybrid is at the core of our strategy towards sustainable mobility, but we also see a role for clean diesel in Europe. Working together with an industry leader like the BMW Group allows us to benefit from economies of scale to reduce development costs as well as improve our time-to-market.”
The 2014 Toyota Verso 1.6 D4-D’s production would commence in January 2014 at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in Turkey.
The two automobile giants are also working on developing a fuel cell system, joint development of a sports car platform, creating lightweight vehicle body technologies and jointly researching into lithium-air batteries.
Ahem, we forgot to add- the Toyoto Verso is slated for European markets only.