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Mahindra Verito Overview

One of the most unheralded of cars on the Indian market has been the Renault / Mahindra Logan which was supposedly the French car maker’s gambit to do a low priced emerging market car. While the aim was laudable and the car immensely practical and having major strengths all around, it however came at a time when the Indian consumer was waking up to style and convenience and didn’t want plain jane stuff. In fact, the deliberate method to play down style was very apparent in the Logan and sadly tripping on this one singular count meant that so many shunned what was intrinsically a very very good car.

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It didn’t help matters then when Renault and Mahindra couldn’t agree on a new joint venture to take their partnership forward and this disagreement saw Mahindra taking over the Logan project completely. Of course the plant at Nashik produces the car but not its drivetrain and the supply agreement with Renault stands intact for the project which is pretty much an attribute of the vehicle. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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.

Mahindra Verito Look

In terms of looks, style, and features, Verito’s exteriors are definitely a step up from its basic inspiration – the Renault Logan. The new grille gets heavy chrome treatment and carries the signature Mahindra grin. The refreshed front headlamps are less boxy which are much better to look at. The slight design tweaks in and around the front bumper are also giving a better stance to otherwise plain front facia.

The rear gets a style treatment with clear lens tail lamps and sculpted boot lid. Boot lid gets a chrome garnish and Mahindra badge too. The design cues from Mahindra worked wonders on the rear as the Verito stands utterly different from previous Logans. The boxiness of the car seems long gone with the new treatment. The roof rails add a distinct sportiness to the character. Also, the side body claddings and alloys on the 14inch rubber give the car, a premium feel. The side ORVMs are now fitted onto the door with a plastic cladding unlike the old exposed metal mounting. The broad wheelbase of the car permits a spacious airy cabin along with a boot space of 510-litres. Mahindra presently offers this sedan in a blend of 8 colours that include: Dolphin Grey, Rocky Beige, Mist Silver, Java Brown, Diamond White, and Twilight Blue. The Verito has better styling than the earlier bland-to-look-at Verito.

Mahindra Verito Comfort

The first thing that you notice as soon as you get into the car’s cabin is space and openness. It is the best that Verito has to offer in terms of interiors, the two rows of seats offer ample amount of leg, head, and shoulder room.The insides have been embellished with much more refined features highlighted by dual toned dashboard and a brilliantly arranged instrument The car carries capacity to comfortably accommodate five adults without making anyone feel claustrophobic.Mahindra Verito Interior

The upholstery and plastic are of better quality in all its variants. The rear seat is large and wide and offers ample comfort along with head restraints. The central console is presented with different offerings such as black paint, or cubicle painting depending over the version. The instrument panel is well organized along with a large glove box that can store lots of things. There are several other storage cubicles such as parcel shelf, door pockets, a large boot space of 510-litres, mobile holder, bottle holder, and a few others interesting holes where you may comfortably place your small belongings. Apart from all these features, the sedan has been bestowed with several advanced comfort features that help in giving it a upmarket feel.

The dual toned instrument panel features an efficient ait conditioner along with a heater that helps keeping cabin temperature comfortable as per weather. Along with these, the car features ample number of comfort aspects like an integrated CD player, USB port, Aux-in port, FM Radio, electronic ORVMs, in-cabin theatre dimming lights, bright light in boot space, power steering, power windows, passenger side vanity mirror, central door lock, gear knob with solver finish, and so forth. With availability of all such features Mahindra Verito seems a complete package of comfort and convenience and ensures a comfortable drive experience.Check for Mahindra Verito in icadl2013.org

Mahindra Verito Gearbox

The Mahindra Verito is powered by a 3-phase 72V induction motor that promises 30.5kW of power and 91Nm torque. A single-speed transmission transfers all this power to the front wheels. The 200Ah Li-ion battery in the car powers all the ancillary functions, including the music system, AC and headlamps. It also charges the 12V battery which is used for the start up. Starting the car is also an art in itself. You turn the key, but it doesn’t go all the way like in your conventional fuelled car. 15 seconds after turning the key, you hear a slight noise –– a subtle ding from the rear of the car, signalling that the car is ready now. After this audible cue, you have to press the drive button located on the lower right side of the dashboard. At this point, the car starts to creep forward. For further progress, select F on the gear lever and you start to move ahead at a reasonable pace. For an additional boost, shift to the B mode which is the phase that I preferred to be in for the entire duration of my drive. In this mode, you get a slight boost. That being said, even in B mode, the driving experience is quite sedate and I wouldn’t really call it an electrifying.

The Mahindra Verito takes a fair bit of time to climb to 40kmph from naught, not ideal for quick getaways…or if you plan on robbing a bank. Mahesh Babu, the CTO of Mahindra Electric, claims that the 0-40kmph as well as 0-60kmph sprints are much faster than what one can achieve in the e2o. The maximum speed I managed to see was 56kmph and it took some time getting there. Achieving Mahindra’s claimed top speed of 86kmph will take both a long time and a long stretch of road.

Mahesh said that during the development of the e-Verito, the focus was to build an affordable everyday electric sedan and not to compete with Tesla in any regard. This is clear from the 110km range that Mahindra quotes for the e-Verito. This claimed range though was achieved with two people on board in Mahindra’s internal tests. He said that in ARAI’s test, the real figure was relatively high, somewhere around the 130km zone. But then again those were in controlled conditions. There clearly is no speed at which Mahindra’s claimed range was achieved, and Mahesh says that in everyday driving, the e-Verito should give 90km driving range. If the need arises, Mahindra is ready to give a e-Verito with a higher range and better top speed too. The test car came to us with 80 per cent charge. After driving for about 20km, it dropped just one bar on the meter. We will need more time with the car to properly conduct tests on the performance and driving range.

Mahindra Verito Rideing

The ride is pretty firm when compared to its competitors. But it also means the Verito can take the bad roads well. The car is sturdy and keeps the rattles and vibrations in control. The rear seat comfort is the USP among its rivals. It offers good legroom and headroom than the near competitor Dzire. The third passenger in the rear is welcome in the Verito. The cabin is pretty well silent till 100 kmph. After that the engine becomes noisy and harsh. The steering gives a positive feeling and gives great control at speeds. The typical diesel characteristics like the gear lever vibration are absent which is a good thing. Apply car loan for Mahindra Verito in Fincarz.

Mahindra Verito Safety

Primary safety provisions including driver side airbag and ABS with EBD are standard on the top-spec variant. Other safety equipment armed in the sedan are-adjustable head rests in front and rear, immobilizer and electrical rear window child lock. Face sports chrome finished grille and clear lens fog lamps. Side panels get alloy wheels and side moulding. Inside, it gets tachometer, LCD display on instrument cluster, fabric upholstery, mobile holder and bottle holder etc.

Mahindra Verito Price in Mumbai

Mahindra Verito On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 8,79,083 to 9,94,451 for variants Verito D2 and Verito D6 respectively. Mahindra Verito is available in 3 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Verito variants price in Mumbai. Check for Verito price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Mahindra Verito Bottomline

Mahindra Verito is a perfect option for those looking for a sedan that gives high performance along with appreciable mileage. The car looks pretty good in terms of design, style, and features though may seem a step back as compared to its close rivals. This Verito is aimed to the people who want the sedan experience for a hatch like price. The Verito is well priced that ensures true value for money. The top variant gets all the bells and whistles a premium car can get including the ABS & EBD. The wider wheelbase of the car offers ample space within the car cabin which has been used in quite an economical way. The front as well as rear seats offer plenty of leg, elbow, and shoulder room and carry a grand ability to accommodate five adults without a hitch. Apart from space, comfort features are in ample number and help giving an upmarket look but keeps cabin cozy and comfortable.

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