Upcoming Mahindra Verito CS: A look at its competition

CarToq community member Charu Joneja asked the community what cars the Verito CS (compact sedan) will compete with and if it is worth waiting for its launch. Here, we list cars that are potential rivals of the Verito compact sedan which may be launched in the near future.

The chances of the Verito CS being launched seem slim post spy shots of a face lifted Verito, but if Mahindra launches the compact sedan, it will primarily compete with the following cars: Hyundai Accent, Tata Indigo eCS, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Toyota Etios.

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Photo: If launched the Mahindra Verito CS will be roughly Rs.40,000 cheaper than the regular sedan

Answering Charu’s question CarToq Expert Roshun Povaiah        said, “There is no confirmed news of when the Verito CS will be launched. For now, only a face lifted Verito has been spotted, which may come out in a couple of months.” He mentioned that the Verito is an entry-level sedan that competes with the Indigo CS / Indigo Manza, Toyota Etios and Maruti Dzire.

CarToq Expert Aravindhan said, “If you ask me, I would say that Verito CS is worth waiting for. Because, the Indigo CS doesn’t offer as much rear seat space and comfort as the Verito and the Dzire feels a bit cramped for three people in the rear seat.” Which according to you is a better alternative to the Verito compact version? Please comment below.

Hyundai Accent

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Photo: The Accent may be dated but its still serves the purpose of a practical and affordable family sedan

The Hyundai Accent has long been in the market but still offers pretty good space for five passengers. The Accent comes with a 1.5-litre petrol motor that puts out 95 Bhp of power. But for running cost conscious buyers, the Accent is also offered with a factory-fitted LPG kit and CNG kit for an additional Rs. 57,500 to the Accent petrol variant.  The Accent is priced at Rs. 5.15 lakh for the petrol variant, Rs. 5.52 lakh for the LPG variant.

Tata Indigo CS

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Photo: One of the most popular compact sedans the Indigo eCS is practical and spacious

The Tata Indigo eCS is the first compact sedan and pioneered India’s the modern compact sedan segment. The Indigo eCS is available in both petrol and diesel engine versions. The diesel Indigo eCS is powered by 1.4-litre motor that puts out 68 Bhp of power while the petrol lndigo eCS is powered by 1.2-litre motor that puts out a modest 64 Bhp of power. The Indigo eCS has a claimed mileage of 25 Kmpl and is priced in the range of Rs. 4.77 lakh – Rs. 6.14 lakh.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

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Photo: The new Dzire looks much better than the old model and is quite popular among compact sedan buyers

The new Dzire launched in February 2012 is a hot selling entry-level sedan with sales crossing 15,000 units consistently for the past three months. The Dzire looks as sporty like the Swift hatchback but is also practical as it comes with a 316 litre boot. The Dzire is offered in two engine versions: the 1.2-itre petrol that puts out 86 Bhp of power and the 1.3-litre diesel that puts out 74 Bhp of power. The ARAI-certified mileage of the Dzire petrol is Kmpl and that of the diesel is Kmpl. The Dzire is priced in the range of Rs. 4.88 lakh – Rs. 7.34 lakh.

Toyota Etios

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Photo: The Etios is a proper three box sedan which is affordable and economical to run as well

Toyota Etios is one of the practical sedans and known for its spacious cabin and a cavernous luggage space of 595 litres. The Etios is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol engine that produces 89 Bhp and 132 Nm, and has an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.64 km/litre mileage. The Etios diesel is powered by a 1.4-litre engine that makes 68 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque and returns ARAI-certified mileage of 23.59 Kmpl.

Thanks to its chopped boot the Verito compact sedan will quality for excise duty sops and hence will carry a cheaper (approx. Rs. 40,000 lower) price tag when compared with the full-sized Verito.  The car will likely be powered by two engines: a1.2 litre petrol motor and a 1.5 litre diesel motor which are used in the current model. The 1.5 litre diesel engine makes 65 Bhp of maximum power and 160 Nm of maximum torque.

At present, Mahindra is testing the face lifted Verito which will be launched in the next couple of months. Read more: Mahindra Verito face lift spotted testing. The facelift version has new grille, revamped headlamps, fog lamps and a new tail lamp cluster. There may be slight changes in the interior as well. Mahindra has plans to launch five models in the current fiscal year (April 2012 – March 2013) and as per the company, the Verito CS launch is scheduled only for March 2013. Also read: Upcoming launches from Mahindra