Reduce, reuse and recycle. While these words might be synonymous with waste management/environmental consciousness across the world, a certain automaker called Mahindra &Mahindra has actually been using these words to come up with new products. A couple of years ago, we had the Mahindra Thar off roader being launched in India. The Thar is essentially an amalgam of parts ranging from NCGS chassis, the Mahindra MM540/550 SUVs body shell, the underpinnings of the Scorpio, plenty of pats borrowed from the Bolero and finally the engine that’s also a unit derived from the existing engine line up. All in all, the Mahindra Thar reused and recycled a bunch of parts.
This approach was taken a step further last year by the Mahindra Quanto compact SUV, a shortened version of the Mahindra Xylo MPV. The Quanto added the “reduce” bit quite literally by featuring a shortened body-on-ladder chassis of the Xylo to end up as a sub 4 meter SUV. In the coming weeks, we’ll have the reduce-reuse-recycle philosophy rearing its head once again at Mahindra &Mahindra in the form of the Verito Vibe hatchback, a shortened version of the Verito sedan. Except major changes to the design of the Verito at the rear, by means of replacing the full boot of the sedan with a hatchback style rear end, the Verito Vibe hatchback is expected to be very similar to the Verito sedan in terms of equipment and mechanicals.
Here are a bunch of spyshots courtesy Team-Bhp, stuff that showcases the Mahindra Verito Vibe hatchback in all it uncamouflaged glory. The Verito Vibe is expected to powered by a 1.5 Liter Renault K9K turbo diesel engine that outputs 65 Bhp of peak power and 160 Nm of peak torque. A five speed manual gearbox will be mated to this engine and will drive the front wheels of the car. The Verito Vibe is expected to share its interiors with the Verito sedan and this includes the wide body design that delivers spaciousness in terms of shoulder room. June 2013 is when the Mahindra Verito Vibe is expected to make its Indian debut. The car is expected to be priced about 50,000 rupees to 70,000 rupees lower than the Verito sedan.