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.