Mahindra & Mahindra today expanded its Bolero SUV portfolio with the launch of the new ‘Bolero Neo’ at an introductory price of Rs 848,000 (ex-showroom, all India) for the N4 variant.
The hardy Bolero has been a powerhouse of Mahindra sales over the years and the new Bolero Neo aims to ride demand for the popular brand. This latest Bolero is the face-lifted version of the now-discontinued TUV300 and is powered by the same 1.3-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine as the TUV300. This BS VI mHawk engine develops 100hp and 260Nm of torque (up by 20Nm), and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Mahindra Bolero Neo looks new, what with re-profiled headlights, a reworked bumper with new fog lamps and also Mahindra’s new 6-slat chrome grille. Ample Bolero legacy is seen in the clam-shell bonnet, squared-off and marginally flared wheel arches and a thick plastic cladding that runs along the length of the SUV. The newest Bolero also gets new dual five-spoke alloy wheels finished in silver. At the rear, the Bolero Neo sports a new X-type spare wheel cover with ‘Bolero’ branding and a spoiler as well.
On the inside, the updates to the Bolero Neo aren’t as comprehensive as the exterior. However, it still gets a completely new instrument cluster with re-worked dials and a new MID screen in between. Other updates include new beige fabric upholstery with a textured effect, a new tilt-adjustable power steering wheel, and arm rest for the second row seats.
Other standard features include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control, air-conditioning with Eco mode, front armrests, height adjustable driver ’s seat and electronically adjustable ORVMs. Standard safety features on the Bolero Neo include ABS, EBD and CBC, dual front airbags, reversing parking sensors, and optional ISOFIX mounts.
Commenting on the Bolero Neo, Veejay Nakra, CEO, Automotive Division, M&M, said, “The Bolero brand has witnessed strong loyalty and ruled Indian roads for over two decades now. The design, performance and engineering enhancements in the new Bolero Neo blend well with the authentic Bolero DNA.”
Velusamy R, Chief of Global Product Development, Automotive Division, M&M added: “Built on the third-generation chassis which it shares with the Scorpio and Thar, the Bolero Neo has powerful attributes that set it apart. Its rugged body-on-frame construction, the proven Mahindra mHawk diesel engine and Multi Terrain Technology give the Bolero Neo the ability and confidence to conquer rough terrain. Comprehensively loaded with all the key features, the Bolero Neo reiterates our unstinted commitment towards product quality, performance, core SUV attributes and value.”'
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