he Verito offers a lot of value because it offers a lot for very little money. It was born as a Dacia, Renault-Nissan’s budget badge, and sold in India in collaboration with Mahindra as the Logan. A facelift or two later, it was solely a Mahindra product and rebadged the Verito. The Verito has moved upmarket bit by bit, while still managing to keep its price tag at the ‘value’ end of the scale.
The Verito CS will follow the same mantra that the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Tata Indigo CS follow: lop the end off the boot so that the car is less than 4000mm long, and thus can be defined as a small car based on length. The excise duty benefit it gains will make it a steal if you’re the kind of person who wants a lot of legroom but doesn’t need boot space.
A large part of the Verito’s appeal is in its sheer interior volume, and that will remain with the shortened Verito. No changes will be made forward of the rear axle, and all the attributes of the Verito will remain: the massive legroom, the impressively increased tactility of the buttons, the smartly designed center console and the power windows on the driver’s door will all remain. The ride and handling will also be untouched; the great ride and acceptable handling will also remain.
Of course, the Verito’s silhouette may not remain proportional like it is at the moment, but that is something the Indian market has shown it is willing to accept if the value offered by the product is enough. Expect the Verito CS to be priced at Indigo eCS levels, which will make it the vehicle of choice for the cost-conscious sedan customer. The price range is expected to be Rs 4.5 lakh to 6.5 lakh.