To start with, this news bit is not about the Mahindra Logan CS with a smaller boot intended to slot it into the sub-4 meter small car category. That version looks exactly like the current Verito with a chopped boot, and we are not even sure whether Mahindra is considering a launch of that variant anytime soon. What we are talking about here is the Verito hatchback which Mahindra is developing in-house and which should have new exteriors and interiors and dimensions.
Propelling the new Verito hatchback will be the same 1.5-liter diesel dCi engine which also does duty on the current Verito, Nissan Micra and Renault Fluence in different states of tune. Expect the power and torque outputs from the engine to remain largely unchanged from the current Verito. Development work on the car is currently underway and the vehicle is expected to hit the showrooms by diwali this year. Before you might dismiss this news as a rumor, let me add that the announcement comes straight from Arun Malhotra, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Customer Care.
It’s notable that even Renault is working on its own version of the new generation Logan, which may in fact be the car the company plans to launch in India in the third quarter of 2012. Renault Logan, however, will have nothing to do with Mahindra’s in-house developed car that we are talking about. There is, of course a technology share agreement running between the two companies for the current Verito, and some components may be shared, but these will be two very different cars.
Watch out for this space for more info on this car.