Toyota Versossa, a typical sedan produced primarily for the Japanese domestic market by the Toyota Motor Corporation in 2001. The car offered by Toyota met all the terms set by the Japanese government regarding the external dimensions and engine displacement. Toyota Verossa was offered with a front-engine, rear wheel drive platform. The Toyota Camry produced from 2001 to 2006 also had the same dimensions and engine displacement but with front wheel drive platform. The only advantage Verossa had over Camry was its capability to offer all-wheel drive, opposed to the Camry.
The aging Toyota Mark II fellow mates, the Chaser and the Cresta were replaced by a vehicle that combined the sporting features of the Chaser with the luxurious elements of the Cresta in one unit. The Toyota Verossa was smaller than the popular Toyota Crown but larger in size than the Toyota Altezza, a rear drive first introduced in 1998 with high performance straight-6 engine. The X-chassis model code was shared by Verossa with its predecessors. The Verossa used the front-engine rear drive layout. Toyota discontinued the production of Verossa in 2003 following the poor sales of the vehicle.
There were six trim levels offered for Verossa including three straight-6 engine and three different transmission types. All-wheel drive was available with some selected trim levels and only with an automatic transmission. No manual transmission was offered with all-wheel drive. Other standard features offered in Verossa include a front stabilizer bar, navigation, power seats and fully automatic air conditioning system.
20, 20Four and 20Four G Package
The standard Verossa was offered with 1G-FE engine capable of generating 160 PS at 6200 rpm and torque of 200 Nm at 4400 rpm. The 20 Package was offered with an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission. The 20Four and the 20Four G Packages were offered for all permanent 4-wheel drive models. The G Package also offered with leather sears and alloy wheels.
25 and V25
Both these models were offered with 1JZ engine along with direct injection capable of producing 200 PS at 6000 rpm and torque of 250 Nm at 3800 rpm. Also, both the vehicles had a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. V25 was a high end model that came with a rear-stabilizer bar along with front stabilizer bar in the Verossa’s models powered by 2.0-L engines. It also features larger 17-inch alloy wheels and leather seating.
The VR25 was in fact throwback of the Tourer V that was available with similar turbocharged 1JZ-GTE engine on a rear-wheel drive platform paired with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed manual transmission similar to the one found on 2.0-L models with a standard limited slip differential. The engine could generate 280 PS at 6200 rpm and 377 Nm at 2400 rpm of torque. Similar to V25, the VR325 also featured the front and rear strut tower bars. 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers and leather seats were options features.