Technically and aesthetically speaking the new
Mahindra Bolero Neo has started where the discontinued Mahindra TUV300 had
ended. While a lot of people liked the TUV300, a lot of people did not like its
very boxy appearance. But then the rear wheel drive TUV 300 had its own
advantages. That’s where Mahindra & Mahindra capitalized on the rugged
looks and pan India appeal of its workhorse brand, the Bolero.
mHawk100 1493cc BS VI diesel
260Nm@ 1750-2250 rpm
Fuel tank capacity
5 speed manual
Multi Terrain Technology (MTT)
Available in N10 (O) variant
Turning circle radius
Gross vehicle weight
Lx W x H
3995mm x 1795mm x 1817mm
So instead of completely doing away with a model for
its non acceptance among consumers, Mahindra used its shrewd business skills
and carved out the Bolero Neo out of the TUV300 with a BS 6 engine. It’s not a
full-fledged use of the scalpel but a couple of shots of the Botox to be more
precise. And to keep its large Bolero family happy, it continues with the other
Bolero vehicles. The Neo is more of a polished model that is bound to appeal to
the youth of the country. Or so says the company.
The new 4x2 Bolero Neo has been launched at an
introductory price of Rs 8.48 Lakh
(Ex-Showroom Price, All India) for the N4 variant. The vehicle will come in
trim levels N4, N8, N10 and N10 (O) or optional. The N10 Optional which is
still to be launched will have all the features of the top end N10 and will
additionally have a mechanical locking differential. We drove the N10 (O) variant. The new Bolero Neo will be available in seven colour
options namely Rocky Beige, Majestic Silver, Highway Red, Pearl White, Diamond
White, Napoli Black and Royal Gold (coming soon ).
And let me also put it on record that the
vehicle was given to us for around 2 hours of which a major portion of time was
spent in photography and videography. As for the drive, we were asked to drive
up and down a badly tarred road behind some farm houses that was barely a
couple of kilometres in length. But I must confess, I did break the rule and
took the vehicle out into a dirt track for a tiny diversion. Thus, in this report,
we are only giving our first impression about the vehicle. This is not a test
Ex showroom Delhi
Mahindra Bolero N4
Mahindra Bolero N8
Mahindra Bolero N10
Mahindra Bolero N10 (O)
One look at the Bolero Neo and it’s very evident that
the Mahindra TUV300 has been reshaped into the Neo. The height has been
reduced, the front and rear have been tweaked and the style is now more on the
lines of a Bolero.
The front gets the Bolero family grille with chrome
inserts and Mahindra logo, classic bolero x shaped bumper, a chunky hood, skid
plate and sporty and static bending headlamps with DRLs and fog lamps, though
it’s halogen all the way. The headlamps have a follow me home feature.
As you move to the side, you notice the signature body
cladding, the door reinforcements, electrically adjustable ORVMs, smart wheel
arch cladding, 215/75 R15 tyres with alloy wheels and muscular side step.
The rear has a sporty spoiler, a strong rear side
step, X type spare wheel cover in silver with Bolero branding on the cover,
besides large attractive tail lamps.
The interior of the Bolero Neo has been specially
styled by Italian automotive designer Pininfarina, a company owned by
Apart from the two seats in front, the second row
seats comprise of bench seats while in the third row one gets two side face
seats. Entry to the third row seats is from the tailgate area. The Bolero Neo gets
centre console with silver accents, premium fabric seats, seven seats, tiltable
steering, height-adjustable driver seats, armrest in the front and middle rows,
twin pod instrument cluster, front and rear power windows, rear wash and wipe
with defogger, remote lock and keyless entry and expandable boot space.
The vehicle gets a 7 inches touchscreen infotainment
system, cruise control, driver information system, voice messaging system, Blue
sense mobile app, Eco Mode, micro hybrid technology with ESS (Electronic
Start-Stop) and intellipark reverse assist.
The new 4x2 Bolero SUV is powered by the Mahindra
mHawk100 engine which produces a peak power of 100 bhp and a peak torque of
260Nm. The Bolero Neo is a 4x2 vehicle and is rear wheel driven. The reason why
the Bolero has been successful in semi urban and rural areas, especially hilly
regions is because of its rear wheel drive feature. We drove the N10 (O) or
Optional model which comes with a mechanical locking differential. Thus, in short, this model has a multi terrain
All those who have decent knowledge about diff locks
assume that these are usually found in four wheel drive vehicles. But here in
the Bolero Neo, since it’s a rear wheel drive vehicle, it is the rear axle that
gets locked in case of wheel spin. The
diff locks are engaged automatically when a situation arises. When one of the
rear wheels spins more that the other rear wheel in some sticky situation, then
the vehicle automatically senses it and locks the rear wheels, enabling the
wheel to retrieve itself out of the situation.
I guess in order to demonstrate that we shall do a
detailed video at a later stage when the vehicle is available with us for a
Coming back to its other features, the vehicle comes
with dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake
distribution (EBD) and cornering brake control (CBC), besides ISOfix child
seat. It is built on 3rd generation chassis that was there in the TUV300 and
the same one is shared with the popular Scorpio and Thar SUVs.
Other comforting features include high strength steel
body shell, automatic door locks, high speed alert warnings, digital
immobiliser and seat belt reminder.
With the Bolero Neo, Mahindra & Mahindra has
simply repackaged an existing vehicle and given it a shot in its arm. With its
fresh structural design and other new features, Mahindra has smartly added
another sibling to the Bolero family. It’s perhaps a brilliant move done at a
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