Mahindra Verito compact sedan was in backseat for at least few months now. But after a break, the news is gaining life again. The first ever test mule of compact version Mahindra Verito has been spotted testing in Bangalore. Mahindra and Mahindra had confirmed that their product development teams are working on the product. Though company has not divulged the launch date, we expect to see Verito CS by mid of 2013.
The car spotted in Bangalore has a modified rear. The rear bumper has been redesigned and included a reflective strip in the right side. The license plate has been moved from rear bumper to boot lid. The overall shape of the trunk is resembling to current generation regular Verito. But the chrome strip in the boot lid is missing. We don’t expect much changes in the front. The chopped version will share front fascia with regular Verito.
Under the hood, Mahindra will consider same engine line up for compact Verito as well.
The compact sedan concept was introduced in India by Tata Motors via Indigo CS. A chopped version (under 4.0mtr) of a regular sedan will qualify for 12 percent of excise duty benefit. While a regular sedan attracts 22 percent excise duty, a chopped compact sedan will attract only 10 percent duty. If company manages to fit the Verito CS under 4.0mtr bracket, company will save approximately Rs.40,000. Company may pass the benefit to customers and that strategy will benefit customers to a great extend.
After acquiring the Logan brand from Renault, Mahindra and Mahindra managed to turn around it’s sales performance. The sales of Mahindra Renault Logan which touched 300 units per month consistently crosses 1500+ mark for the last three months. Country’s largest passenger car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki recently launched a compact version of their popular sedan Dzire.
Will Mahindra manage to attract customers towards Verito compact sedan..?