Facelifted Toyota Verso

27 Sep, 2012 11:50am Tom Phillips

Toyota has given its Verso MPV a mid-life facelift, which includes more than 300 changes

The facelifted Toyota Verso has made its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Toyota claims that it has tweaked more than 300 parts of the seven-seat MPV, and calls the changes to the Verso a “comprehensive mid-life upgrade.”

The Verso - which rivals the Ford C-MAX and the all-new Kia Carens - has been comprehensively redesigned to match the look of the all-new Auris hatchback and Tourer estate, which will also be making their debut at the Paris show.

There’s a redesigned front bumper which now features a large trapezoidal grille, as well as more angular headlights and a larger Toyota badge. The wing mirrors are smaller than before, and there’s a choice of new finishes for the alloy wheels.

At the rear, there's a new bumper that incorporates an integrated low-level diffuser – essential kit for high-speed school runs – plus there are new rear-light clusters.

The interior now includes more soft-touch materials on the dash top, nappa leather on the steering wheel and door trims, and plenty of chrome trim on the instruments and air vents.

New seat fabrics, colours and designs have been introduced across the Verso range, while the Easy Flat-7 seating system is carried over.

Engine revisions include an improved 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine, with more torque at lower revs and a 10g/km improvement in CO2 which takes it below the 130g/km mark. The 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel, and 1.6 and 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engines will continue.

Toyota has also turned its attention to the Verso’s driving dynamics, by adding extra welding points to improve body rigidity and retuning the suspension and the steering for better response. Toyota claims that the cabin has been made quieter, too, by adding more sound deadening and shrinking the door mirrors.

Full specifications and prices will be announced closer to the Toyota Verso's launch in early 2013.