The Ambassador from Hindustan Motors was one of the iconic cars of the Indian motoring history. Ample space and a rugged body made it an ideal choice in the taxi market and also among government officials and dignitaries. But sadly, it's gone.
Mahindra has decided to fill the space left behind with the exit of the Ambassador by introducing a redesigned Verito in the country. It is believed that the new Verito can emerge as a popular choice in the taxi segment.
Mahindra Verito is an updated version of the Logan which was launched as a joint venture with Renault. However, the model was not a successful one in the Indian market. The Verito has also not attracted enough customers, and it is priced slightly higher than its competitors.
To tackle the issue, Mahindra is reportedly working one making the vehicle more affordable and also focusing on the functionality aspect regarding comfort as well as space.
According to ICRA, by 2020 as much as 17 percent of the total passenger vehicles sold in India will be in the taxi segment. Currently, the Verito is offered in diesel as well as electric options.
The diesel version is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that cranks out 65bhp of power and 160Nm of torque. The electric version produces 41bhp of power and 91Nm of torque. The diesel variant is mated to a five-speed manual transmission while the electric comes with an automatic gearbox.
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