These are the first-ever undisguised spy pictures of the facelifted Mahindra Verito. From the photographs, it is evident that Mahindra has tried hard to get rid of the boxy looks of the erstwhile Logan. The facelifted car gets an almost Skoda-like new front grille (complete with chrome strip and vertical slats), the chin now is more rounded and the new Verito gets re-profiled angular headlamps as well. A strip of LEDs, similar to the ones on the XUV500, seem to be present too. Look closely and you’ll see that the wipers now correctly sweep left-to-right as well.
The rear has also been made less boxy. The numberplate is now at the centre of the bootlid, horizontal slashes across the rear help break up the mass of the square boot and Mahindra designers have inserted what look like LEDs in the new tail-lamps.
According to company sources, there are some significant improvements in the interior design and a Scorpio-like music system now dominates the centre console. We also expect the awkwardly placed power window switches to be shifted from the centre console to the more conventional door trim position.
With the Logan, Mahindra had used flat panels and straight lines to keep costs down but this didn’t go down well with Indian car buyers, who found the square looks too boxy and basic. These fresh new looks are sure to enhance the Verito’s appeal, which, in this guise, should stand up much better to its direct rivals like the Toyota Etios and Maruti Dzire.
The new Verito will be launched on July 26, 2012.
(The pictures were sent by our alert readers Zain and Lakshmi Narayana).