Mahindra e-Verito and Mercedes GLC launch today
Aravind Jayachandran, It goes without saying that I'm a huge petrolhead and can apparently convert all my driving emotions into words you can read.
The much awaited Mercedes GLC luxury SUV and the electric variant of the Mahindra Verito are launching in the Indian market today. Other than prices, nearly every detail on the two models have been made public. Below is a summary of the two products launching today.
The arrival of the Mercedes GLC in India will help bridge the gap between the Mercedes GLA and GLE, and answer to rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The Mercedes GLC will be initially sold as a limited run of CBU units dubbed as GLC Edition 1, before entering local assembly at their plant in Pune.
It will be available in two variants: GLC 220 d and GLC 300. The former variant packs a 2,143cc, turbodiesel four cylinder engine that produces 170 PS and 400 Nm of torque, while the latter has a 1,991cc, turbopetrol motor that may be small on displacement, but outputs 245 PS and 370 Nm of torque. Both models are paired to a new 9G TRONIC automatic gearbox as well as a 4MATIC AWD system.
After over 4 years since Mahindra unveiled the full electric variant of the Mahindra Verito sedan at the Auto Expo 2012, it will go on sale today. It is the second EV from the Mahindra Group, with first being the Mahindra e2o.
The Mahindra e-Verito’s electric powertrain has a 72 V 3-phase AC induction motor that produces a maximum of 30.5 kW (41 hp) and maximum torque of 91 Nm. Mahindra claims that the e-Verito can hit a top speed of 86 (+/-2) kmph. When driven with a light foot, the e-Verito has a total range of 100 km on a full charge. The top-end variant of the e-Verito will, reportedly, offer a fast charge mode, which replenishes the batteries in just 1.5 hours, while the lower variants will take around 8 hours for a full charge.