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28 July 2012

Mahindra & Mahindra roll out the refreshed Verito

M&M's humble mile-muncher goes under the knife, receives a total of 23 changes

Amaan Ahmed
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The Mahindra Verito has always been a car for the sensible, practical family man. Someone who doesn't really need a great deal of aesthetic appeal, and would happily trade a sloping roofline for some added headroom. And in that sense, the Verito has done really quite well in its segment for a car that has been around for quite some time now.

And now, M&M have injected the Verito with a dose of botox. The front end receives a complete overhaul, with a new bumper, bonnet, headlamps, fog lamps and a chrome radiator grille. The rear sees some noticeable modifications too, with a re-designed bumper, new tail-lamps, and the housing for the registration plate now provided on the new chrome-accentuated bootlid. The top-of-the-line D6 variant now also gets blackened pillars and alloy wheels.

On the inside, the ergonomics are what M&M have attempted to set right. So, the power window switches are now located where they rightfully belong - on the driver's door, the grab handles are a different shape, the controls for the AC have been re-positioned and the electric ORVM control switch is now mounted on the dash.

Also, the Verito now gets a two-tone instrument panel with a redesigned centre console, grey-themed upholstery and a double-DIN music system with USB and Aux-in ports, to round off the list of changes. Safety features include ABS with EBD, engine immobiliser and a driver airbag.

Mahindra have retained Renault's engines, so the Verito is available with the same 1.4L MPFi petrol and 1.5L DCi motors that were available earlier, and is mechanically similar to the pre-facelift Verito. The claimed ARAI fuel efficiency for the 1.5DCi-equipped Verito stands at 21.03kpl.

With eight shades of paint and five variants to choose from, the Verito has been priced at Rs 5.27 lakh for the petrol G2, Rs 5.49 lakh for the petrol G4, Rs 6.26 lakh for the diesel D2, Rs 6.48 lakh for the diesel D4 and Rs 7.14 lakh for the diesel D6 (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Like the "New Look" Verito? We await your comments, TopGear.commers.

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