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Mahindra Verito Overview

The newest offering from Mahindra called the Verito is a rebadged model of company’s proven workhorse Logan. With the divorce of Mahindra from Renault, the car has gone under the styling knife of Mahindra and gets a new front grille, less boxy headlamps, revised front and rear bumper, new boot lid design, clear lens tail lamps and new alloy wheels. Apart from new features, the sedan offers a value for money prospective which is a fundamental feature of Mahindra vehicles. The sedan’s ex-showroom (New Delhi) price range varies between Rs.5.27 lakhs to Rs.7.88 lakhs.

As the competition in the segment growing by day with manufacturers rolling out new compact sedans, Verito comes loaded with features and more practicality. Verito is popular in the taxi market which creates an image problem with the customers which is well addressed by Mahindra this time Mahindra separated the base model aesthetically far different with the top end model which clears the distinction between taxi and private vehicle. Mahindra, at present, offers Verito with petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol versions are categorised into two types: G2 and G4 which are further sub-categorized into BSIII compliant and BSIV compliant models. The diesel models are categorized mainly into three types D2, D4, and D6 which are sub-categorised like petrol models.

Some of the main features for which this car gets preference over other rivals in its segment is its strong built and low maintenance cost. In terms of ruggedness and durability Verito earns a reliability badge. Along with a robust built Verito’s exteriors have been marked with advanced features such as fog lights, roof rails, alloy wheels, and a redesigned grille. The wider wheelbase of the car has been intelligently used inside the car which allows an extended boot space of 510-litres along with a spacious airy cabin. The cabin gets a standard look with advanced features such as Driver Information System (DIS), power steering, remote fuel lid opener, central lock, and remote door locking. Verito presents genuine value for money option in the price leading C1 segment. Apart from its durability and affordable price range, the car also carries the known Mahindra brand name which is synonymous to trust in Indian automotive segment.

Mahindra Verito Design

It was evident that the car needed a make-up and the first thing Mahindra did once they had this car in their eco-system was to begin to give it a makeover and the first thing to do was change the name and the identity the car had acquired. Logan was out in favour of the Verito and though the bit of badge engineering got things off the ground, not much could be read into it till the first major face-lift which is both stylish and also functional with most of the strong points remaining intact.

The completely redesigned front and rear end treatment has enhanced the looks of the vehicle. The front grille is crisp and in sync with whatever was possible at the lowest of outlays and with a new bumper cum air dam plus newly designed headlamps, the dowdy look of the original has been banished.

The rear end also sports the same crisp theme and what is even more impressive, on initial early looks, is the fact that put-together quality seems to be of an even higher order. The shut lines are far more uniform and overall the taut body structure seems to have got the sheen it didn’t have as a high value, low cost proposition in the past. Overall the car is very sturdy and there seems to be no flexing of the structure which more often than not ends up in an orchestra of squeaks and rattles you never paid to hear! Check for Mahindra Verito price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Mahindra Verito Cabin

Since this is an electric vehicle, there are many changes inside the cabin. This includes the large dial with a brushed aluminium ring surrounding it. There is also a small blue backlit digital unit that shows the mode you’ve selected for driving the car. Flanking it are the State of Charge (SOC) and the efficiency meters – both represented by simple bars. A single-din music system that supports AUX and CDs handles the infotainment part. It isn’t easily visible on the go as it is placed very low. The glovebox is fairly large and illuminated too. Sadly though, the e-Verito lacks modern gadgets that we have so become used to – steering-mounted controls, touchscreen multimedia system, climate control et al. There is also no height-adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable ORVMs or even proper bottle holders in the door.

Mahindra though has retained the USP of the Verito –– comfortable seating for five and a large boot of 510 litres. How isn’t the boot space compromised, given that this is an electric car and the batteries are expected to be at the rear? The Li-ion battery pack is placed right where the petrol/diesel motor used to be, helping retain the boot space from the regular sedan.

Mahindra Verito Performance

Mahindra is a master of all when it comes to powering the vehicles. Though Verito is available in both diesel and petrol, but its diesel engine needs a special mention here. The 1.5-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine is pretty frugal and delivers quite an appreciable performance over city roads. It carries an ability to deliver power worth 66PS against a peak torque of 160Nm. The engine’s worth is already proved as it is a regular power source of several other cars like Renault Scala, Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse, Nissan Terrano, Fluence, and several others.For more details on Mahindra Verito  check Stsoft

The petrol version on the other hand is powered by a 1.4-litre engine that displaces 1390cc to deliver power worth 76PS against a peak torque of 110Nm. Both these engines mate with a 5-speed manual transmission. All the versions of Mahindra Verito are available with BSIII and BSIV compliant versions of these power mills. The gear ratio is great that is another feather in its cap with respect to city and highway drives.

The inspiring model Renault Logan has always been known for its high mileage and the legacy is continued by Verito. The car gives similar fuel efficiency like Logan which makes it one of the most appealing sedans in C1 segment. Both petrol and diesel engine of this car have been equipped with SOHC and MPFI systems which play a great role in improving its fuel efficiency. The petrol version of Mahindra Verito delivers mileage of 11.3kmpl on city roads and 15.7kmpl over highways as rated by ARAI. The diesel engine, on the contrary, delivers a mileage of 18kmpl on city roads and 21kmpl over freeways as confirmed by ARAI. The fuel tank of Verito bears a capacity to store fuel worth 50-litres which means the diesel version of the car has a range of 1050kms while the petrol version has of 785kms.

Mahindra Verito Driving

To be honest, riving the Verito for only a couple of hours, and because of the aforementioned range anxiety, we didn’t take her far from the confines of Delhi’s smooth tarmac. Not much has changed from the stock Verito in terms of suspension hardware, and the gross weight (kerb weight is 1,200kg) of 1,700kg is only 70kg more than the the standard Verito. As expected, ride quality remains comfortable, but I did feel that the steering felt a little heavier than the standard Verito. Special mention must be made here about the brakes. They were super sharp and had to be only feathered to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Mahindra Verito Safety

Mahindra Verito is loaded with a sound braking system that plays an important role in bringing down car’s speed whenever required. The front end braking is taken care by disc type brakes while rear end is controlled by drum type. The safety aspect of the process is taken care by Anti lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that helps avoiding car sliding by distributing the brake force equally between all four tyres.

Mahindra Verito is loaded with a sound braking system that plays an important role in bringing down car’s speed whenever required. The front end braking is taken care by disc type brakes while rear end is controlled by drum type. The safety aspect of the process is taken care by Anti lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that helps avoiding car sliding by distributing the brake force equally between all four tyres.

Other measures that Mahindra has added to ensure safety of car’s passengers are central lock, remote door lock, keyless entry, rear & side impact beams, halogen headlights, collapsible steering column, electrical child lock for rear windows, adjustable front and rear seat head restraint, prismatic day/night rear view mirror, and several others. /> Other measures that Mahindra has added to ensure safety of car’s passengers are central lock, remote door lock, keyless entry, rear & side impact beams, halogen headlights, collapsible steering column, electrical child lock for rear windows, adjustable front and rear seat head restraint, prismatic day/night rear view mirror, and several others.

Mahindra Verito Price in Chennai

Mahindra Verito On Road Price is 8,62,655/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,57,272/- in Chennai. Mahindra Verito comes in 8 colours, namely Toreador Red,Diamond White,Rocky Beige,Mist Silver,Java Brown,Dolphin Grey,Fiery Black,Power Plus Rocky Beige. Mahindra Verito comes with FWD with 1461 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 65 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 160 Nm@2000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Mahindra Verito comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Mahindra Verito Bottomline

The Verito might just be what we need in this hour of increasing pollution and the need for clean air to breathe, and is the ideal way to avoid the odd-even rule if it crops up again. It’s also a much more realistic EV to own than its sibling, the e20, but it demands a premium for this. Mahindra says that its electric vehicles sell through word of mouth and the subsequent price reduction through the FAME scheme is also encouraging sales. However, given the infrastructure crisis right now (Mahindra claims to have identified close to 200 points across the country for setting up charging stations), it makes sense to have a hybrid rather than a pure electric. Mahesh agrees too and says that infrastructure is the main hindrance as of now. But the e-Verito wasn’t built to be a mass product. It just shows the manufacturer’s prowess at building electric vehicles and intention to further pursue this path. And that’s not something almost any of its rivals can lay claim to.

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