The exterior styling is characterised by short front and rear overhangs, sweeping coachwork lines and a (optional) large, panoramic sunroof. The cabin design focus is on ergonomics and high levels of perceived quality. Soft touch materials are used on the two-tier dashboard and sculpted door panels. Crisp, brushed metal surrounds for the instrument cluster and centre console add further to the quality perception.
Within the 2,550 mm wheelbase space has been maximised with features such as streamlined front seat and door and trim panel design, giving class-leading front passenger headroom, rear seat knee room and loadspace length and volume. The hip points for front and rear seat occupants have been raised to gain good visibility and to make it easier to get in and out of the car. Driver comfort is increased with seat height adjustment, an arm rest and a gear lever placed close to the three-spoke steering wheel. The 60:40 split rear seats have a centre arm rest and a one-touch fold-flat mechanism.
The top-hinged tailgate is cut into the rear bumper, which means there is lip-free access to the loadspace. The floor incorporates a lightweight deck board which can be set at bumper level to give a flat load floor and 336-litre cargo volume, or can be lowered (a one-handed operation) to increase loadspace depth by 95mm and volume by an extra 57 litres. The board can be removed altogether, bringing the spare wheel well into play and bringing cargo volume up to 430 litres. Fold the rear seats flat and the maximum available is 1,388 litres.
Verso-S is available with the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Matched to a six-speed manual transmission, it generates a maximum 98 bhp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 126 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Toyota targets a class-leading combined cycle fuel economy of 51.4 mpg, with 127 g/km CO2 emissions.
Multidrive S, Toyota's continuously variable transmission is available as an option. It features a manual override seven-speed sequential mode which the driver can operate using paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel, or the gear lever. In models equipped with this system Toyota targets 54.3 mpg combined cycle fuel consumption and 120 g/km CO2 emissions.
Equipment grades for the UK market will be announced nearer the launch date. UK and European sales are scheduled to begin in February 2011.