Mahindra Verito launched

Mahindra has launched the Verito and the car is priced at Rs. 4.94 lakh for the base petrol 1.4 G2 variant and Rs.5.85 lakh for the base diesel 1.5 D2. Mahindra Verito comes in three trim levels for the diesel, D2, D4 and D6 while the petrol version gets just two trim levels G2 and G4.

It will be available in 7 colours: diamond white, fiery black, sahara beige, mist silver, toreador red, turf green and a new color dubbed twilight blue. Related:Mahindra Logan now to be launched as Verito

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Photo: Mahindra Verito

The Verito is pitted against vehicles like the Toyota Etios, Tata Manza and the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire but has little going for it in the market with buyers shying away from a ‘renamed Logan”. However, Mahindra believes that the “Verito, with its unique value proposition aligns with the Mahindra DNA of offering tough, rugged and sporty vehicles.”

Variant and Prices

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Look, space and comfort

The car sports the Mahindra logo, new fog lamps, side cladding, roof rails, rear chrome strip with Mahindra logo at the centre and new upholstery. The new upholstery boasts of woven jacquard for the base variants and circular knit for the top-end variant.

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Photo: Mahindra Verito

The top-end variant also features artificial wood inserts in the dashboards central layout and in front passenger parcel shelf, while the AC vents get chrome rims and the rear seat gets three head restraints.

However, in terms of looks we would say it’s a tie between the Verito, Dzire, Tata Manza and Etios neither of which which is “looker” by any stretch of imagination.

While both Manza and Etios provide generous space, Verito combines spaciousness with great ride. Its pretty stable and absorbs bumps much better than any other car in its segment.

It’s also built like a tank.

Performance, mileage

The Verito will be powered by a 1.5-litre Renault diesel motor that produces 65 hp of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 160 Nm of maximum torque at 2,000 rpm. As per the ARAI, the Verito diesel returns a mileage of 21.03 km/litre. The petrol variant is powered by a 1,390 cc, 4-cylinder, 8 valve Renault engine that produces 75 hp of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 1110 Nm of maximum torque at 3,000 rpm.

The Dzire is more powerful with its 84 Bhp  of power , while the Etios too has more grunt with 89 Bhp of peak power.

While Verito is strong on mileage, it’s a rather sluggish car to drive. The handling is too is nothing to write home about. So whether it will appeal to individual owners—as opposed to cab operators—remains to be seen.

Price and features

CarToq has confirmed the features available on the vehicle from a Mahindra dealer in Delhi. The base model will have power-steering, collapsible steering, heater and AC. The top model has little to boast of however with only central locking and power windows as additional features.

Safety features onboard the Verito comprise ABS with EBD, driver-side airbag, front anti-roll bar, 3-point seatbelts for all seats, rear head restraints and side impact beams. Convenience features on the Verito includes a Driver Information System (DIS) that has a trip computer, alpha-numeric display in the centre of dashboard and warning signals.

Verito skimps on features so it’s hard to stack it up against rivals. It has only two variants.

Conclusion

While the name has changed, there has been little effort to make Verito attractive to individual buyers.