Later today, Mahindra will add a new variant to the Verito line of cars in the form of the Verito Vibe. The Verito Vibe is a shortened version of the Verito full sized sedan, which itself happens to be a rebadged and restyled Renault/Dacia Logan. Measuring under 4 meters in length, the Verito Vibe will duck into the small car category, making itself eligible for lower excise duty. For this to happen, Mahindra will retain the 1.5 Liter Renault K9K turbo diesel engine as it is, a straight carry over from the Verito sedan.
The petrol engine option though, is expected to given the heave ho. The Mahindra Verito Sedan comes with a 1.4 Liter petrol engine, whose displacement will make the Verito Vibe ineligible for excise duty reduction. Remember, sub-4 meter cars need to feature an engine with sub-1.2 liter displacement to qualify for excise duty benefits. All along, spyshots of the Verito Vibe indicated a hatchback body style. Well, that's what the Verito Vibe will look like, albeit with a twist.
A Team-Bhpian with the handle, Maverick5490, has snagged a couple of images of the Verito Vibe from what seems like a dealership launch floor. One image of the Verito Vibe shows an usual hatch lid arrangement. Instead of the hatchback being integrated with the rear windscreen, the Verito Vibe's hatch lid is a separate item. What this means is, the rear windshield will be immovable even the hatch lid swivels up to allow access to the boot.
While the practicality of this design is something that will be the subject of a Team-BHP review, Mahindra has managed to yet again throw up a surprise in terms of quirky design geometry. Talking of quirky design, the Verito Vibe does feature an unusually thick C-Pillar behind which the tail lamps jut out. Not the most appealing way to design cars? Well, with vehicles such as the Quanto compact SUV and the Gio mini pick up, Mahindra has always been known to put function over form. Stay tuned to Team-BHP's updates on the Verito Vibe, straight from the launch floor.