It should come as no surprise that Mahindra has commenced working on a facelift for the Verito. The facelifted model has been caught on test around Chennai a few times in the last month. The reason for the facelift is simple – the Verito is senescent.Surprisingly, despite of the looks, the car has not showed decline in sales figures since Nov 2011.
Ever since Mahindra introduced the Verito, it has been able to an incrementing number of buyers and were able position it among utility vehicles such as Xylo, Bolero and Scorpio.However the Mahindra Verito (which is essentially a Dacia Logan) has been around since 2007.
The opportunity of a facelift helps Mahindra to further bring the styling of the Verito in line with Mahindra’s DNA. The only distinguishment between the Mahindra Verito and Dacia Logan was a Mahindra logo on the grill and the steering wheel. Thus, this facelift will bring the Verito more proximate to the Mahindra family.
The most immensely colossal change one can visually perceive is the new grill which is in-line with the Mahindra DNA. An altruistic dollop of chrome to make the Verito look upmarket can be visually perceived evidently. Mahindra should focus heavily on the luxury appeal of the Logan to ascertain that it calls out to families more than commercial operators.
The front bumper sports horizontal lines and its orientation is flipped. New crystal clear headlamps sport high-mounted indicators instead of side-mounted ones. Wipers are adjusted to match Indian conditions (old Logan and Verito had the wipers for LHD markets). More immensely colossal OVRM units now have a plastic housing (earlier Verito/Logan used body panels and the mirror seemed like they were sticking out of them).
Coming to the rear, one can visually perceive a new set of tail lamps and a new boot lid with a dedicated area for the number plate area (old Verito had its number plate on the rear bumper). One can also expect new wheel caps and if we are lucky a new alloy wheel design to be a component of the face-lift.
Mahindra should also work comprehensively on the interiors as the current ones feel very dated. The immensely colossal slabs of plastic should be superseded by something more aesthetic and appealing. A new center console is also expected because previous spyshots showed camouflage in that area.
Don’t expect major changes to the mechanicals. The K9K engine may be further refined to acquire more kmpl but we doubt if any vicissitudes will be made to the power distribution.