The cooperation between BMW and Toyota is bearing its first fruit in the form of a small diesel engine.

The Verso 1.6 D-4D compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) will be the first Toyota to be powered by an engine supplied by the BMW Group; this is the result of an agreement signed by both manufacturers two years ago.

Sourcing diesel engines is only one aspect of a wider collaboration between Toyota and the BMW Group. Through the agreement, both companies have announced plans to co-develop a fuel cell system; conduct a feasibility study for the joint development of a sports car platform; work together on creating lightweight vehicle body technologies; and undertake joint research into lithium-air batteries.

The addition of the 111 horsepower engine to the Verso range early in 2014 allows Toyota to offer a smaller displacement diesel engine; a 2.0 liter Toyota-sourced diesel unit was and still is being offered in the Verso.

“At Toyota, we believe that tackling environmental challenges facing our industry will require more than one approach. Hybrid is at the core of our strategy towards sustainable mobility, but we also see a role for clean diesel in Europe,” said Didier Leroy, senior managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, and President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe (TME). “Working together with an industry leader like the BMW Group allows us to benefit from economies of scale to reduce development costs as well as improve our time-to-market.”

Toyota explained the R&D team at Toyota’s European technical centre in Belgium led the development of the Verso 1.6 D-4D, ensuring a seamless match between the engine and the Toyota transmission and electronics. At the same time they kept the car’s ride comfort and dynamic performance. This involved the development of a number of new components, including engine mounts, a dual-mass flywheel, a new gearbox housing and gearing and the addition of a stop/start system to further improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

Production of the Verso 1.6 D-4D will begin in January 2014 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey’s Adapazari plant, where all Verso MPVs are manufactured.