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Mahindra and Mahindra is one of the most reputed and a top notch car makers of India. This company is also said to be one of the oldest home grown industries, since the pre-independence of India. This company has a several vehicles prevalent in their esteemed fleet in the car market. Majority of their automobiles are utility vehicles, which have been doing incredibly well since they were launched. The company has now stepped into the lucrative hatchback segment and launched the incredible Mahindra Verito Vibe for the Indian populace. This stylish hatchback has been only launched with a diesel engine option, which seems to be a very good ploy by the company as the diesel hatchback's are very much in demand presently in the car market. This latest Mahindra Verito Vibe hatchback series has three variants namely – D2, D4, and the top end D6. This hatchback is fitted with a power packed 1.5-litre dCi engine, which has been further equipped with four cylinders that have a total of eight valves and the highly acclaimed common rail direct injection fuel supply system in it. This influential diesel mill can displace close to 1461cc and can churn out a peak power yield of 64.1bhp at 4000rpm along with a maximum torque output of 160Nm at 2000rpm. This powerful diesel mill is cleverly mated with a smooth five speed manual transmission gear box. The top end Mahindra Verito Vibe 1.5 dCi D6 has quite a few safety and comfort features, which will certainly captivate the buyers.
The exteriors of this new hatchback are trendy and have been given quite a few striking features. To start with the front nose is looking stylish with a glossy matte finished front radiator grille that has slanting vertical slats and a prominent logo of the company embedded on it. The striking and large eyebrow shaped head lamp cluster is bright and luminous. This head light cluster is powered with high intensity clear lens halogen lamps for enhanced visibility in any weather conditions. The body colored front bumper has been affixed with a pair of round shaped bright fog lamps for added assistance to the driver. The side profile of this Mahindra Verito Vibe 1.5 dCi D6 trim adorns quite a few impressive features such as a stylish set of light weight 14 inch alloy wheels with tubeless tyres of size 187/70 R14, which have a superior road grip. Then there are the body colored outside rear view mirrors with body side molding along with body colored door handles as well, which makes this hatchback look sporty and energetic. The rear end has a neatly designed tail lamp cluster along with reversing lights. The rear appliqué has a chrome finish to it and the astutely sculpted curvy boot lid along with the body colored bumper that has integrated reflectors combine to give this new hatch, a stunning appearance.
Along with the sleek and lustrous exteriors, the company has also done up the interiors of this premium hatchback with lavishness. To begin with the interiors are spacious and comfortable and offers ample leg room along with ample head and shoulder space to the passengers. Then there is a two tone instrument panel, an advanced 2-Din audio system with speakers that comes with a CD player and other input options such as a USB interface and also a Aux-In port along with FM Radio, a powerful and efficient air conditioning system with a cabin heater and electrically adjustable outside rear view mirror controls. There are several other convenience features for the passengers such as front and rear head restraints, a map pocket integrated in the front door, in-cabin theater dimming lights which also has a courtesy delay, luggage compartment light for easy access during the night, remote operated fuel tank lid, a responsive power steering, power windows for all doors, a rear defogger, remote central door locking, boot lid opener , a parcel shelf, a sporty gear shift lever knob in a silver finish, an instrument panel topper pad, a storage space in the center console, sun visors, a full carpet for the luggage compartment and a passenger side vanity mirror as well.
Engine and Performance:
The Mahindra Verito Vibe 1.5 dCi D6 trim has been fitted with a commanding 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre dCi engine that has 8-valves and a CRDi (common rail direct injection) fuel supply system. This engine can displace 1461cc and can churn out a 64.1bhp at 4000rpm along with a maximum torque output of 160Nm at 2000rpm . This powerful diesel mill is cleverly mated with a smooth and efficient five speed manual transmission gear box.
Braking and Handling:
The company has fitted the front wheels of this premium hatchback with a set of disc brakes, while the rear wheels have been bestowed with solid drum brakes. Apart from this, the company has also equipped this Mahindra Verito Vibe 1.5 dCi D6 trim with the highly developed ABS (antilock braking system) along with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), which further assists this diesel hatch in efficient braking even on slippery and wet roads. On the other hand, the front axle of this hatch is equipped with a McPherson type suspension with a wishbone link. The rear end has been give an H-section torsion beam with a programmed deflection coil spring for added comfort to the passengers.
The company has blessed this top end trim with quite a number of advanced internal comfort features. To begin with the interiors are spacious and comfortable with a responsive power steering, power windows for all doors, a rear defogger, remote central door locking, boot lid opener, a parcel shelf, a sporty gear shift lever knob in a silver finish, an instrument panel topper pad, a storage space in the center console as well. This top end hatchback trim also has a computer which keeps a track of the trip kilometers the average consumption of fuel along with the average speed and it also has a distance to empty notification. The bright and luminous LCD display which is on the instrument cluster has a digital clock and it also shows the total/ partial mileage along with temperature as well as the petrol gauge and also has a ‘headlight on’ warning buzzer. The instrument cluster also has a door open warning lamp to alert the driver.
The list includes a headlamp leveling device, a driver airbag, a collapsible steering column, an anti theft engine immobilizer, child proof rear door locks, a day and night internal rear view mirror, an electrical rear window child lock, halogen headlamps, laminated wind shield, adjustable front seat belts, ABS with EBD, adjustable front and rear seat head restraints , adjustable driver's seat for a comfortable drive and many more such aspects.
Pros : Impressive exteriors, loaded interiors with advanced features, powerful engine.
Cons : Price can be made more competitive, steering mounted controls can be added to make it better.
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