Spied - Mahindra Verito Vibe starts arriving at dealerships
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
The Mahindra Verito Vibe is due to be launched on June 5th. As the launch day nears, the car has been spotted at a dealership.
Mahindra could be conducting a dealer level training with the car, or it could be meant for display or demo purposes. The spy shot was taken by Mr. Surendar, a forum member of Theautomotiveindia.com.
The Verito Vibe is basically a Verito with its boot chopped off. By doing so, the Verito Vibe becomes a 'small car' measuring under 4m. As a result, it attracts lower taxes (about 12% as against the 30% for cars over 4m long) and Mahindra would be passing over a chunk of the tax savings to the buyer.
The Verito Vibe will be available as a diesel only model. As Mahindra do not have a petrol engine displacing 1.2-liters or less, the Vibe has to make do with the Renault sourced K9K diesel engine.
The diesel unit is the familiar 1.5-liter seen on the bigger Verito sedan. It produces 65bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. On the bigger Verito sedan, this engine does a claimed 20.8 km/l.
When we had a closer look at this image, we noticed the variant line represented as 'D6'. The D6 variant is the top-end model on the Verito sedan. This nomenclature should be carried over to the Vibe as well, given that this car sports alloy wheels, a chrome finished number plate holder and a chrome tipped exhaust.
At this point, there are only two unknowns with the Vibe: How much will it cost? And how much smaller is it than the Verito sedan?
[Image credit - The Automotive India]