25 February 2009

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Toyota unveils an eminently sensible new MPV. We want one so much it hurts…

Toyota Verso

After the giddy hedonism of the Aston DBS Volante and Bentley Supersports, today seems to be taking a more sedate, sensible theme (well, apart from that ridiculous Rinspeed, but let’s leave that to one side). We’ve already seen the Volvo S80, and now Toyota has given us a first look at its all-new and eminently practical Verso.

Looks pretty tidy, doesn’t it? There’s more Scion-esque blockiness than the last-gen Verso, and a sharpness of appearance that should be matched by improved road manners: underpinned by the Auris platform – the old Verso was based on the Corolla – new Verso sits on a longer wheelbase and wider track, while Toyota has revised the suspension geometry for better driving dynamics. Don’t expect Elise-rivalling cornering, but hey, it’s all relative.

The new Verso will be launched in late spring with the choice of two petrol engines – 1.6- and 1.8-litre ‘Valvematic’ four-pots (doesn’t ‘Valvematic’ sound like some innovation on a top-line Cadillac from the early 50s?) – and two diesels, including the 148bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel from the Auris.

Expect it to be as safe as, er, a big bank vault guarded by Stella-fuelled Rottweilers.

We’ll see. Verso. Geneva. You know the drill.

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