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Nip-tuck for Toyota MPV

2007-05-04 07:30
Toyota's versatile Corolla Verso mid-sized MPV will get a fresh look and some equipment and engine upgrades shortly.

Frontal styling is altered slightly with the addition of a mesh-style grille, restyled indicator lamps and redesigned headlamps. A new front bumper adds 10 mm to the overall length of the vehicle.

At the rear, new indicator lamps are also included and the number plate housing gets a new chrome finish.

Inside the cabin, metallic finishes are complemented by a new blue acrylic panel for the air conditioning unit while new upholstery is used for seats throughout the cabin.

Other improvements include the addition of dual zone climate control and an audio system that plays MP3 and WMA files with Bluetooth capability.

Verso's rear park assist and front corner assist monitors are upgraded too and should, according to Toyota, be easier to use. The corner assist monitor's camera will now have a three-dimensional view to allow the driver to see areas that could be out of the direct line of sight. The upgraded rear park assist monitor has a clearer display.

Beneath the bonnet, the existing 1.6- and 1.8-litre engines remain unchanged though a 2.2 D-4D turbodiesel unit, with a diesel particulate filter catalytic converter, will be included in the European line-up. Toyota SA currently has this engine doing duty in the Avensis large sedan and softroader RAV4.

The revised seven-seater will be unveiled at the Barcelona Motor Show early in June.

  • Toyota SA remains tightlipped about the range's local introduction, but we expect it to arrive here in the second half of the year. Toyota SA would also not confirm the addition of the 2.2 D4-D turbodiesel engine to the range.

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