Mahindra fuelled excitement in hatchback market with launch of Verito Vibe; it is a chopped variant of Verito sedan. Although Mahindra has not invested much in hatch market, Verito Vibe is one of the most sought after cars. It is seen as a threat to current and upcoming hatchbacks. It is a cost-effective product priced at Rs 5.7 to 6.6 lakhs. Honda is keen to use the high-value low price strategy with its 2015 Jazz; the aim here is to gather sufficient buyers. Will the new Jazz overpower the popularity level of Verito Vibe? Let’s find out.
Vibe is a trendy car, the attractiveness lies in design creativity contributed by an artistically styled wide radiator grille on which is neatly sketched out Mahindra logo. The headlights accentuate the eye catchy stance plunged in the arty eyebrow design, its illuminating effect is sparkling contributed by potent halogen lights. The classiness of the exterior framework is highlighted by body coloured bumpers on which are glossy fog lights. Much of the originality is visible on the side; Mahindra has tailored the vehicle into an inventive three box structure. Vibe from the side looks bigger than its actual size, the black B pillars and body colour side cladding brings out the picturesque value of the vehicle. On the top are couple of sporty rails that heighten the aesthetic stance of the car.
Honda’s goal with 2015 Jazz is to bring in cost-effectiveness with the past luxury value. The car will have a whole new ‘Exciting H design theme also used in all new City. The revised insertions are roof rails, mirror caps, side sills, wheels, skirts, silver faux skid plat, solid bumper design and new grille.
Consumers can enjoy oodles and oodles of room in Vibe, the décor is mind blowing. The layout of instrument panel and dashboard is classy, there is ample room between each seat, and the upholstery material is world class. For a breathtakingly comfortable ride the rear compartment has three head restraints, there are ample storage areas to throw in all kinds of items from pens to books.
The insides too are modern twist from the past with new upholstery layout and air con vents on handbrake lever.
Vibe has mighty engine power contributed by a robust dCi 1.5 litre four cylinder engine filled with 8 valves and engineered with the advanced (CRDi) Common rail direct injection technology. The engine pumps out 160Nm and 64.1bhp.
The European spec Jazz will move on efficient 1.3 and 1.5 litre petrol engines coupled with CVT or five speed manual gearbox. The diesel car will manoeuvre on potent 1.5 litre iDTEC power train and sources say the company might launch a hybrid car. The expected starting price is Rs 6.49 lakhs.
The upcoming Jazz is filled with new interesting elements and it will grab the attention of high and low-end car buyers. Verito Vibe is filled with too many signature elements and is a hard one to beat. It is a battle with imaginative designs and world class features.