Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Mahindra Launched The New Verito Vibe In India Starting At Rs 6.53 Lakhs

Mahindra has launched the Verito Vibe in India. The Vibe is Mahindra’s attempt at cracking the sub-four metre car segment. The Vibe is essentially a Verito/Logan with it’s boot chopped off, which makes it a less-than four metre long, . The Vibe fits perfectly in the lower excise duty segment made by the Indian Government, and Mahindra hopes that a lower priced big hatchback will make the car a hit in India.

The hatchback will rub shoulders with the Toyota Etios Liva and Tata Indica Vista, both of which are high on space. The styling is the same as the Verito sedan but the rear is different and looks very Ford Focus hatchback like, not necessarily in a good way. Design wise, the Vibe looks similar to the Verito from the front till the rear doors, thereafter it tries to hide it’s bulk with big taillamps which run along the rear windshield and a thick chrome strip above the number plate. It’s boxy looks don’t make it look pretty, but there is acres of space inside just like the Verito.

Powering the Mahindra Verito Vibe is the same 1.5-litre diesel engine which does duty on the Verito. This motor might not be high on output but offers fantastic drivability and mileage. With 65 BHP and 160 Nm on tap, don’t expect to win any traffic light GPs against similarly priced vehicles like the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Honda Brio or Fiat Grande Punto. The ARAI certified mileage is 20.8 km/l. Mahindra doesn’t call the Vibe a hatchback or sedan, instead it calls it a compact car. The Vibe is thus a two-box sedan.

Set to compete with Liva and Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Verito Vibe has an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 20.8 km/litre and comes with a 3 year/100,000 km warranty. The Verito Vibe has the same 1.5-litre, 65PS dCi diesel unit that is found in the Verito and will also have a massive 330 lit boot space.

The Verito Vine is 3991 mm long, 1740 mm wide, 1540 mm tall and has a ground clearance of 172 mm. At the front, the Vibe shares elements with the Verito including the headlamps, the grill, the hood etc. Mahindra has decided to rename the features though, the Verito Vibe gets ‘carbon finished front grill’, ‘smoked headlights’ at the front. It also gets new ‘champagne’ alloy wheels, possibly on the top end D6 variant. The side profile up to the rear doors look the same, the obvious difference being that there is no boot. The Vibe has roof-rails,  or ‘ski-racks’ as Mahindra calls, it for a sporty look. The rear is dominated by big LED tail-lamps which run along the sides of rear windscreen and the chrome strip above the number plate holder. The Verito Vibe also gets dual coloured rear bumpers, which also has a muffler cutter built into it. The

The Verito Vibe has a turning radius of 5.25-meters and weighs 1155 kgs. It is offered in three variants – D2, D4 and D6, with no petrol engine on offer. The Vibe will be offered in a total of seven colours: Fiery Black, Java Brown, Mist Silver, Toreador Red, Dolphin Grey, Diamond White and Aqua Rush.
The Verito Vibe is offered with a 2-din audio system (with CD/USB/AUX connectivity), driver side airbag, ABS and generous cabin space. Mahindra offers a 3-year/1-lakh kms warranty on the vehicle. Mahindra calls the sharing of underpinnings as their platform strategy. The Verito and Vibe will co-exist and the company has invested Rs. 60 crores on the development of the latter. We Are Still Waiting For Confirmation Of Their Low Cost SUV Codename S101

Mahindra Verito Vibe Price
  • Verito Vibe D2 – Rs. 5.63 lakhs
  • Verito Vibe D4 – Rs. 5.89 lakhs
  • Verito Vibe D6 – Rs. 6.49 lakhs

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