Mahindra & Mahindra has discontinued the Verito Petrol sedan from its car line up. The car’s discontinuation comes on account of poor sales with the diesel powered Verito bringing in majority of sales for the company. The petrol powered Verito features a Renault sourced 1.4 liter engine that puts out 75 Bhp-110 Nm. A five speed gearbox comes standard with this petrol engine.
Notably, the Verito sedan was the only petrol engined car that Mahindra sold in India and the low volumes of the car weren’t doing the company’s inventory levels any good. The decision to discontinue the Verito Petrol also has to do with the car’s engine being imported from Renault. The importing of the engine and gearbox adds costs to the car, whose low volumes meant that profitability was impacted adversely. The Verito petrol was sold in G2 and G4 variants.
The Verito was originally the Renault Logan, a car that was manufactured from 2007 under a joint venture between Mahindra and French automaker Renault. In 2010, Renault sold the rights to build and market the Logan sedan in India to Mahindra, who renamed the car as the Verito. A hatchback derivative of the Verito, called the Vibe, is also sold in India. Currently, both the Verito sedan and the Vibe hatchback come in diesel-only form.
Both cars feature the 1.5 liter K9K Renault turbo diesel engine that outputs 65 Bhp-160 Nm. Known for its turbo lag free nature, this diesel engine is a frugal operator and has acquitted itself well as a durable and reliable motor in the demanding cab market of India. The Verito is a popular taxi in India, due to the car’s spacious design on the back of its wide body design and sturdy engineering. The Verito Diesel currently sold in India starts from 6.32 lakh rupees.
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