LONDON -- Toyota expects the addition of a BMW-sourced diesel will make it more competitive in Europe's compact minivan segment. Starting in February, the Toyota Verso will be offered with BMW's 1.6-liter diesel.
"More than 50 percent of this minivan sector is 1.6-liter diesel, which we didn't have," Gerald Killmann, project director at Toyota Motor Europe's r&d center, told Automotive News Europe.
The engine is the first result of a 2-year-old technology collaboration between the automakers that also includes fuel cells, lithium-air batteries and lightweight technologies.
The agreement also gives Toyota access to BMW's 2.0-liter diesel, but Killmann declined to say which other Toyotas would get BMW units and wouldn't reveal whether the powerplants would be restricted only to Toyota models built in Europe. Toyota builds the Avensis mid-sized and Auris compact cars in the UK and the Yaris subcompact in France.
The new Verso 1.6 D-4D will get the same 112-hp diesel used in the Mini Cooper D and the BMW 114d. Toyota didn't reveal the starting price of models offered with the new powerplant. He did not comment on whether the next-generation Auris will get the diesel, as reports have said.
The new engine will be slotted in below Toyota's 2.0-liter diesel, which produces CO2 emissions of 129 grams per kilometer compared with 119g/km for the BMW unit. The CO2 output matches that offered by the Touran 105-hp 1.6-liter variant with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.