Yaris Verso

25 August 1999

A New Dimension in Small Cars

  • A stylish and innovative solution to the new car needs of young families
  • Versatile interior with unique retractable rear seats
  • More load space than a Renault Scenic
  • Fun to drive with excellent stability and dynamic performance
  • Low cost of ownership, backed by complete peace-of-mind warranty

The London Motor Show (22-31 October) will mark the UK debut of Toyota’s new flexible friend – the Yaris Verso. Verso is the latest derivative of the new and very successful Yaris hatchback. It is a stylish, small car that offers young families all the space and performance they want without the cost of upgrading to a larger car. It will go on sale in the UK early next year.

Unique versatility

At just 3.86m long, 1.69m wide and 1.6m tall, Yaris Verso offers lots of interior space. With all seats in position, it is a full five-seater with 390 litres of boot space.

However, Yaris Verso also has a versatility that is unequalled by other small cars on the market today thanks to its unique design of second row ‘flat-in-floor’ retractable rear seats. Within seconds, any member of the family can fold away the left and right rear seats to create a low, flat floor and an incredible 2,160 litres of load space. That’s more than the Renault Scenic which is a bigger car.

Toyota made the Yaris Verso’s seat flexibility easy to use. Key to this is the fact that the folding seats remain in the car, eliminating the problem of storage for those without a private garage. It is this simple and practical every day benefit that makes Yaris Verso so unique. Yaris Verso offers various clever seating configurations with the removable rear centre seat acting as a tray space, play area or folding picnic table as necessary.

Clever Interior

The central instrument cluster is another intelligent application of technology, with the three-dimensional digital display that is clear and easy to read, reducing driver fatigue by minimising eye movement and refocusing. An audio system will be standard and a turn-by-turn satellite navigation will be an option.

Intelligent Technology

Yaris Verso will be powered by a new 1.3-litre version of the award winning Toyota Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (VVT-i) engine first seen in Yaris. The engine develops a maximum 63kW (85bhp) of power at 6,000 rpm and 124Nm (91 lb.ft) of torque at 4,400rpm. This high technology engine, which makes use of systems first developed for luxury cars, has fully variable valve timing and direct ignition to offer outstanding performance and fuel economy. Thanks to the VVT-i, high torque is available across a wide range of engine speeds to offer excellent mid-range acceleration and easy, comfortable driveability. Yaris Verso will be available with a five speed manual gearbox or a four speed automatic transmission.

Safe and Easy to Drive

Yaris Verso has a lightweight but rigid body construction, minimising the deformation of the cabin during an impact. A low centre of gravity ensures maximum stability and the car is particularly stable during high-speed changes of direction. It is light and nimble to drive in city conditions and the high seating position is excellent in terms of comfort and road visibility.

Cost of Ownership

All Yaris come with a free three-year/60,000 mile warranty plus RAC breakdown recovery included as part of the Club Toyota membership package. This includes a three-year Eurocare mobility package that provides roadside rescue as well as accident management services throughout mainland Europe. Verso is backed with a three-year paint and 12 year anti-perforation warranty.

A full service is required only once every 20,000 miles or two years.

Yaris Verso will go on sale in the UK early in 2000. Full technical details, specification and pricing will be available at the London Motor Show.


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