It might come as a surprise for some but the fact remains that the Mahindra Bolero is one of India’s leading utility vehicles. For years, this sturdy looking model has contributed heavily to Mahindra’s overall sales though its numbers have taken a slight dip in the past few months. Mahindra is hardly deterred, though, and is about to introduce the new Bolero by September.
Given that it will only be a facelift, expect minor cosmetic upgrades like a smaller tailgate handle, amber coloured tail lamps and mildly tweaked bumper design at the front and rear. Similarly, the interior will also come with a revised dashboard and upgraded upholstery to freshen up the cabin. Overall, the Bolero has always had a rugged appeal and Mahindra has no plans to change that. This new model will continue with its age-old profile.
The new Bolero will be powered by the familiar 2523cc mHawk m2DiCR engine with 63bhp of power. Paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the engine has been tuned for efficiency and as a result, returns a decent fuel efficiency of 15.96kmpl.
It looks like the booming sub-4 meter [v21] SUV segment will get yet another contender and yes, it could be a shortened version of the Bolero. The car is expected to be launched around the same time as the regular facelifted model. Mahindra is expected to shave over 150mm from both front and rear overhangs to make the Bolero eligible for the lower tax bracket and in turn, make it more affordable for the rural markets where it’s already a popular buy.