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The Toyota Ipsum, Picnic, SportsVan or Avensis Verso is a seven-seater multi-purpose vehicle produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota from 1995 to 2009. The Ipsum, like many Toyota products, was shared as a trio of the Toyota Gaia, and sold only at Japanese Toyota dealerships called Toyota Store, next to the Toyota Carina. The Gaia was unique to Toyopet Store locations, and the Toyota Nadia was sold at Toyota Corolla Store.
|Assembly||Toyota, Aichi, Japan|
|Body and chassis|
First generation (XM10; 1995–2001)Edit
|First generation (XM10)|
|Body and chassis|
|Wheelbase||2,735 mm (107.7 in)|
|Length||4,530 mm (178.3 in)|
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,620 mm (63.8 in)|
The first generation, named Ipsum in Japan and Picnic in export markets, was built from 1995–2001, with export versions arriving in 1996. A commercial version was sold as the Toyota SportsVan in Denmark. It had a choice of two inline-four petrol engines, ranging from 1.8- to 2.0-litres, as well as a 2.2-litre diesel engine, the 3C-TE.
Second generation (XM20; 2001–2009)Edit
|Second generation (XM20)|
|Wheelbase||2,825 mm (111.2 in)|
|Length||4,690 mm (184.6 in)|
|Width||1,760 mm (69.3 in)|
|Height||1,675 mm (65.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,490–1,540 kg (3,284.9–3,395.1 lb)|
The second generation was introduced in May 2001 in Japan and also in Europe and Australia (where was marketed as the Avensis Verso).
The car is known as the Toyota Picnic in some markets, including Singapore and Hong Kong. Apart from Japan, the Ipsum was also available (for Malaysia and Singapore). The commercial "SportsVan" model continued to be available in Denmark; after the Ipsum/Picnic was discontinued Toyota Denmark applied the SportsVan name to a commercial version of the Toyota Verso (R20).
It features an enlarged wheelbase, rear air conditioners and inner room for seven seats. There is also an optional roof rack that provides ability to carry outdoor equipment. The seats can be pushed forward and flat for various configurations.
Engine options included a 2.0-litre 1AZ-FE petrol engine producing 150 PS (110 kW), a 2.4-litre 2AZ-FE petrol engine and a 2.0-litre 1CD-FTV D-4D turbodiesel engine producing 116 PS (85 kW).
It received its facelift in Oct 2003, featuring a redesigned front and rear bumper, new LED type rear lamps, interior trim and new alloy rims.
In Australia, the Avensis Verso was available from 2001 to 2010 and was back-to-back winner of Australia's Best People Mover award in 2002 and 2003. There were two models, the 2001–2003 ACM20R and the 2003–2010 ACM21R and both came in two trim levels, the base GLX and the Ultima with upgraded interior trim and roof rails. The ACM20R model came in 3 variants with all having the 2.0 L 1AZ-FE engine. The GLX was available with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission while the Ultima was only available with the 4-speed automatic.  The 2004 model ACM21R arrived with a minor facelift and an upgraded 2.4 L 2AZ-FE engine. Both the GLX and Ultima variants were now only available with the 4-speed automatic. The entire model line was discontinued in late 2010.