After the mini-people mover's introduction in 2010, the 2013 Toyota Verso signals a significant mid-cycle refresh for the model.

Changes for the 2013 Verso include visual updates to the front and rear – new headlights, LED running lights, taillights etc. – as well as other exterior tweaks. The inside has been refined as well, with more soft-touch materials, satin chrome trim and cool new lighting; just what the small, modern European family needs to motor in happiness.

Getting it all right is important, too, if Toyota hopes to meet its own lofty sales goals for the MPV – the company stated that it wants to sell 50,000 Versos in 2013, which would give the vehicle five percent of the European market for its segment.

Take a closer look at the freshened 2013 Toyota Verso, live on its stand at the Paris show, in our gallery of images. Full details are available in the press blast posted below.
Show full PR text

- New exterior design with stronger Toyota family identity in the front-end styling

- Revised interior with changes to instruments and controls, new trim details and higher perceived quality

- New Verso joins new Auris and Auris Touring Sports for a renewed Toyota product offensive in the compact/family car market

- Planning, design and engineering led by Toyota Motor Europe, model built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey

- UK specifications to be announced later

19/09/12 -- The new Verso, unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show, showcases Toyota's European design and engineering capabilities. It joins the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports as the third element in the company's renewed product offensive in the compact/family car market – the C-segment.

With more than 300 parts changed, the seven-seat Verso has undergone a comprehensive mid-life upgrade.

It builds on the established versatility, practicality and roominess of the current model, but adds more style and comfort and improved handling. On the outside it displays Toyota's new design language and a family identity that links it visually to new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The interior has been improved, the 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has been revised for lower CO2 emissions, driving dynamics have been sharpened and NVH levels have been reduced.

New Verso is the first full-scale project that has involved Toyota's European product planning, design, R&D and purchasing strategy operations from the concept stage onwards, demonstrating Toyota's commitment to a regional strategy. Vehicle planning, design and engineering were all led in Europe, and new Verso is being built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey. European sales are expected to be about 50,000 in 2013, giving the model an approximate five per cent share of its market segment.

Exterior design
New Verso retains its distinctive "dual zone" styling, with a full length character line which, in profile view, divides the bonnet and cabin from the chassis and loadspace. The principal changes are at the front where the Toyota's new design language has been adopted to project a family look that gives the car a strong visual link to the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The aim has been to reduce the perception of the vehicle's height while emphasising its width and length.

The details include a large, trapezoidal grille set within a redesigned bumper, and a smaller upper grille that spans the full width between new headlights. There is a larger Toyota badge, set lower on the bonnet, and a chrome-finish horizontal bar that extends into the headlamp units to accentuate Verso's width.

The headlamp units themselves are narrower and incorporate new LED daytime running lights. On some versions, High-Intensity Discharge headlights are fitted.

The larger lower grille has a gloss black finish and twin chrome strips, and is flanked by fog lights with chrome surrounds. There is also a full-width, body coloured lip spoiler, that also serves to emphasise the vehicle's width.

The profile view changes with new, smaller, folding door mirrors with integrated turn signal lights. New wheels are available: the 17-inch alloys have the same design as before, but with a darker finish; the 16-inch alloys now have a machined face finish.

At the rear there is a new bumper that incorporates an integrated low level diffuser. The colours of the centre and outer lenses in the rear light cluster have been changed and there is new trim for the rear licence plate.

Interior design
Changes to Verso's interior include extensive new trim details and a new satin black paint finish that is softer to the touch. Soft-touch material has also been introduced for the upper glovebox and, on some versions, Nappa leather is used around the steering wheel, door trims and armrest.

Warm satin chrome trim highlights feature on the driver's instrument surrounds, the instrument binnacle hood, air vents, instrument panel, gear shift and door grips. The attention to detail in raising the sensory quality of the interior extends to using a new two-layer paint finish for the interior door handles.

Measures have been taken to harmonise the appearance of the instruments and switchgear by using more consistent illumination and font sizes for the graphics. The driver's meters are now back-lit in white, and all switches have a deep orange illumination.

A dimmer switch has been added to the controls so the brightness of the combination meter and the switchgear lighting can be adjusted simultaneously, giving a consistent lighting level.

New seat fabrics, colours and designs have been introduced and across the range the front seats have improved side bolster support; the bolsters themselves have a harder-wearing finish.

On higher grade versions the bolsters are leather-covered with double stitching to match the armrest and door trims. Another detail touch is the introduction of a jack-knife style key.

Verso remains as roomy as ever and retains its best-in-class 975mm couple distance between the first and second row of seats.

Toyota's Easy Flat-7 seating system delivers excellent flexibility, with a possible 32 different seating combinations. Individual seats are fitted in the second and third rows and those in the second row have a 195mm sliding adjustment range.

When all the rear seats are folded, new Verso has a flat load floor that is 1,575mm and 1,430 mm wide. With all seats in place the luggage volume is 155 litres; when the third row is folded, the figure rises to 440 litres.

There is a boot management system under the floor where items can be stored out of sight. Its capacity varies according to how many seats are folded down, and whether a full size spare tyre or tyre repair kit is specified. The tonneau cover can also be stored in this space when not in use.

There is plenty more storage around the cabin, include a twin-compartment glovebox, that has a cooled upper section large enough to carry a 1.5-itre bottle, and an 8.2-litre lower section.

There is also a spacious centre console box, door pockets, seatback storage, fold-down tables with integrated cupholders, a drawer beneath the front passenger seat, an overhead consoles and pockets for the driver and front passenger that can be used to hold mobile phones or music players.

A full-length panoramic roof is available, measuring 2,340 by 1,280mm, bringing significantly more light into the cabin and increasing the sense of spaciousness.

Verso's 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has been revised for better torque delivery at low revs and quieter running. At the same the engine's CO2 emissions have been reduced by 10g/km to fall below 130g/km.

The 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel engine will also be available, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The former develops 175bhp/131kW with 159g/km CO2 emissions, the latter 148bhp/110kW and 178g/km.

The towing capacity for all diesel-powered Verso has been increased by 200kg to 1,500kg.

The 1.6 and 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engines will continue. Both are matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.8 optionally available with a revised Multidrive CVT that has been tuned to give more of a stepped gear shift feel, with engine revs building in a way that's more closely linked to vehicle acceleration.

Driving dynamics
Verso is designed to ride with all the stability and comfort of a conventional passenger car. Its driving dynamics have been further revised to achieve even greater body control and more agile handling.

Adding extra welding points has improved body rigidity, and the suspension (front MacPherson struts, rear torsion beam) has been tuned for a more comfortable ride. The electric power steering has been adjusted, too, for better feel and feedback.

The cabin has been made quieter by adding sound damping to the A-pillars and the introduction of smaller, more aerodynamic door mirrors which cut the amount of wind noise. Engine combustion noise has been reduced, too, and better sound damping has been provided between the engine compartment and cabin.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Electric cars will never make it here until you can get 300-400 miles on a charge and can recharge the battery in the same amount of time it takes to pump gas. No one cares about the style if you can't drive them for more then an hour or two.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wait ~5 years. The tech's there, the ways to manufacture them are not so quite there.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new nose emblem is nicer than the new Auris, better suited than the V-patch. Its definitely a yawn of a car since its drama and trouble free with European induced suspension and transmission set-up. If it comes in the States as a Corolla, it will unfortunately have the Buick ride that most Americans love :(
      Dan Crabtree
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh yea aol autos love these asian rides..its a liberal dem0crat thing.enrich the asian economys is the name of the game..
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like any other Toyota. Yawn.
      • 2 Years Ago
      another foreign junk , buy american , be american
        • 2 Years Ago
        The U.S. government (your tax $$) bought 70% of GM sales in the last two years. One department not owns a GM vehicle for every 1.2 employees. The administration continues to hold GM up as a shining example of "American success." I owned a bar once. It did quite well ... until I discovered I was my own best customer and couldn't pay my own tab. Due to lack of information from our alleged media, the American people are allowing our country to go the same way. "Buy American" doesn't help American jobs. GM products are ASSEMBLED in the U.S. from parts made everywhere else in the world.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Total General Motors Corporation vehicle sales to governments in the United States (that includes Federal, State, County and Municipal government and agencies) reached 4.93% during the first 6 months of 2012. That is far less, on a percentage basis, to what was bought from Ford Motor Company or the Chrysler Group of Fiat Motors.
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are right posthuf, the most "American" car sold in America is the Toyota brand. GM and Ford did not make the list of top ten.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The U.S. government (your tax $$) bought 70% of GM sales in the last two years. One department not owns a GM vehicle for every 1.2 employees. The administration continues to hold GM up as a shining example of "American success." I owned a bar once. It did quite well ... until I discovered I was my own best customer and couldn't pay my own tab. Due to lack of information from our alleged media, the American people are allowing our country to go the same way. "Buy American" doesn't help American jobs. GM products are ASSEMBLED in the U.S. from parts made everywhere else in the world.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I love to buy products that are Made in America, I wish we didn't have a market flooded with Chinese products, The wealthy people make these decisions for us, we should have refused to buy, they would have had to ship them elsewhere and people here would still have jobs, American consumers are their own worst enemy... they should have banded together and boycotted buying Chinese goods from certain stores or makers... So which would you sooner buy , A Ford, Chrysler or GM product made in Canada or Mexico or a Toyota, Honda or Nissan made in The USA from mostly American parts? A name is just a name, it depends who you want to support the American working class or people that invest in products with an American name... don't forget the American working class support each other, the investors could live anywhere in the world. It would be nice to buy an American vehicle made from America parts and built in America, but how many choices do we have...
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would make a great Corolla in the States. Corolla should have 2-3 bodystyles instead of just our 1990s looking 4-door sedan.
        • 2 Years Ago
        In the 1990s, cars had a reasonable beltline. The current Corolla looks over-inflated.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't Toyota just make a fun little compact again? And yes, I'm aware of the FR-S they bought from Subaru, but really, is a small FWD hatch that hard to make interesting? The Corolla and Camry are so dull, and the Matrix is just appaling. Come on, it isn't hard. I know with every new safety nanny and infotainment nonsense they add the car's get heavier, but they can keep the weight reasonable. Revive the little 1.8 screamer they used in the Celica GT-S, give it some decent tires and make the pedals, steering, and gearbox feel like they are actually connected to the drivetrain in some way. It doesn't need to be the next Mini S JCW, or a Fiat 500 Abarth, but why can't they make their hatchbacks and compacts decent to drive? They've certainly done it before, time for them to do it again.
      • 2 Years Ago
      More junk from Japanese automakers. Buy American, people. Support freedom and liberty in our country, support the American worker. If not, you should not live here.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If anyone paid attention, the 2012 car with the most domestic content, 75%, was the Toyota Camry. If you can find a car built in the USA with 100% domestic content please let everyone know.
        John Murphy
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you use fair trade numbers The Camrey is closer to 25% American ..
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow, it actually looks quite nice
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something is wrong with the comment system. Are people seeing my comments? I hope so. Toyota needs to be kicked out of our country once and for all. They're against our freedom and the American way of life. People can't wonder why our economy is so bad while Toyota, Chinese greedy companies and republicans take every penny we have. This is why our economy is so bad, not because of Obama. Obama is making our country a truly better place while the Toyota bought republicans drive our country into the ground. Because they wish to control you all. Its very sad but it the undeniable truth. I support the American auto work. Its really sad that not all American are doing the same.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The economy is so bad for alot of reasons and not one, and when it comes to the automobile industry Toyota provides more jobs and employs more domestic suppliers than the so called American companies by name only. They give out more to their local communities and national events than the Big-1, since GM is run by Chinese ownership and Chrysler is got Italian.Your facts are screwed like you are!
        • 2 Years Ago
        War Llama
        • 2 Years Ago
        ...and you will probably vote in a month. Stay home, please.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota goes from homely to ugly again..YUK !
    • Load More Comments