In an attempt to tackle the growing mini-minivan segment in Europe, Toyota will introduce a new model based on a domestic-market favorite at the Paris Motor Show. The Verso-S is barely larger than the Yaris hatchback, but will feature space-utilizing techniques to make the most of its petite size.
While details are still thin about the Verso S, the photos shown here indicate that Toyota has taken styling cues from some of the major European marques, such as Renault, in designing its MPV. The chunky exterior hides the fact that, at just four meters (about 157 inches) it’s barely longer than a Yaris hatchback, and nearly two feet shorter than a Corolla sedan. The interior is a familiar Toyota design, with a high-mounted gearbox.
We’re not sure if the Verso-S will eventually make it to North America (unlike Ford’s definite plan for its next Focus C-Max MPV). The Verso name is familiar to Japanese and European buyers who have had their choice of a Corolla Verso or a Yaris Verso, over several generations, for a little under a decade.
At the Paris Motor Show, Toyota will also celebrate milestones in hybrid vehicle technology and development, and showcase new interiors for its Aygo and iQ city cars. Stay with Automobilemag.com for more information about Toyota’s plans for the Paris Motor Show.
What do you think — is there a market for such a vehicle in the United States?