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Mahindra unveils redesigned Dacia-based Verito hatchback

by Ronan Glon

The Verito is available with two Renault-sourced four-cylinders.

India's Mahindra & Mahindra has just lifted the veil off of the redesigned 2013 Verito, a five-door hatchback that is based on the Renault-designed Dacia Logan that is sold in numerous countries all around the world.

On the outside the hatchback's Dacia roots are evident, though Mahindra designers have redrawn the lights and bumpers front and back, the trunk lid and the grille.

The Verito's interior is very similar to that of the Dacia Logan but it boasts a more modern center console. In addition to that, customers can order range-topping models with fake wood trim all around, a feature that is not available on the bare-bones Logan.

Mahindra offers the Verito with a duo of Renault-sourced engines. The entry-level unit is a 1.4-liter MPI four-cylinder that makes 75 horsepower and the lone diesel is a 1.5 dCi rated at a scant 65 horsepower. Both engines are linked to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

Mahindra has not communicated any pricing information for the Verito. Deliveries are slated to begin next week in several major cities in India.

The first-generation Logan that the Verito is based on is scheduled to be phased out of the Dacia in the next couple of months. Although Renault has not confirmed this, its replacement might make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next September.