Mahindra today launched the face-lifted version of their Verito sedan priced in the range of Rs. 5.27 lakh to 7.14 lakh. Apart from a higher price tag the Verito also gets 23 new features.
This is an increase of Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 18,000 across variants. It is available in the same five variants; the G2 priced at Rs. 5.27 lakh, G4 at Rs. 5.49 lakh, D2 at Rs. 6.26 lakh, D4 at Rs. 6.48 lakh and the top end D6 priced at 7.14 lakh. If we compare the top end variants the Verito is now Rs. 20,000 cheaper than the top end Dzire Zdi variant and around Rs. 1 lakh lower than the top end Etios VXD variant.
The new Verito is a much better looking sedan and has moved away from its original boxy design. It gets a new a new bumper and grille up front, along with Roof Rails and Blackened Pillars giving it a more aggressive and sophisticated stance. The headlamps have a dash of chrome and what look like LED parking lamps.
The rear too is fresh and comes with designed tail lamps, a new boot lid with the number plate mounted on it (instead of on the bumper) and a new bumper with built-in reflectors. The dashboard too has been revamped with a beige theme and redesigned center console. The power-window switches have moved from the dashboard and floor to the door pads. It also gets a single airbags, ABS, EBD a driver information system, a 2-DIN music system with CD, mp3, USB and aux-in and electric ORVM controls.
The heart of the Verito though remains the same 1.5-litre DCi engine from Nissan which is found on everything from the Micra to the Sunny and Duster. In the Verito, this motor makes 65 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. It has a claimed mileage of 21.03 kmpl (Diesel) mileage as per ARAI. The Petrol Verito sports a 1.4 litre motor that churns out 75 bhp of power and 110 Nm of torque. Also read: New Mahindra Verito spied, launch tomorrow
The new Verito sedan will have the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Toyota Etios as its key rivals. Let’s see how it compares against the two.
Verito versus Dzire
In terms of looks and design the Verito has improved much like the Dzire. They are both attractive looking cars now with the Dzire being more refined looking. When it comes to power and performance, the Dzire petrol’s 1.2 litre engine makes 86 bhp of power and 114 Nm of torque. The diesel Dzire sports the popular 1.3 litre multijet engine that makes 74 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. Also read: Question of the week: Dzire, Etios, Verito or Classic?
The Dzire is more powerful than the Verito, both in petrol and diesel avatars. The Dzire is priced at Rs. 4.44 lakh for the base petrol Lxi variant and goes up to Rs. 7.34 lakh for the top of the line diesel Zdi variant. The Dzire still starts at a lower price point but comparing the fully loaded top end variants, shows that the Verito is more value for money.
Verito versus Etios
The Verito beats the Etios hands down in terms of overall appearance and design. The Etios just looks to drab and uninitiated when it comes to looking good. The Verito in its new avatar looks sharp and suave, even on the inside it looks better than the dull and minimalistic interiors of the Etios.
The petrol Etios sports a 1,496 cc engine that makes 89 bhp of power and 132 Nm of torque, that is 14 bhp more power than the Verito petrol. The diesel Etios has a 1,364 cc motor that makes 68 bhp of power and 170 Nm of torque which again is 3 bhp more than the Verito.
The Etios starts at Rs. 5.14 lakh for the base petrol variant and goes up to Rs. 8.23 lakh for the top of the line diesel variant. So while the base Verito is still Rs.13,000 more expensive than the Etios the fully loaded variant of the Verito is a full Rs. 1 lakh cheaper and much more value for money.
The Verito is now much more attractive looking, it has many new contemporary features and is more value for money than its key rivals especially when we consider the price of the top end variants. What do you think about the new Verito? Share your views in the comments section below!