Mahindra has launched the new Bolero Neo at Rs. 8.48 lakh ex-showroom. The Mahindra Bolero Neo 2021 is a revived version of the TUV300 which was discontinued in April 2020 after BSVI norms came into effect. The TUV300 itself was an updated version of the Quanto which was launched in 2012. Mahindra replaced the Quanto name with TUV300 in 2016 and introduced the TUV300 plus in 2019, both of which failed to get the expected sales figures. The new sub 4m SUV is based on the same third-generation chassis which underpins the Mahindra Scorpio and Mahindra Thar.
The powertrain in the 2021 Bolero Neo
The Bolero Neo is powered by the same engine used in the TUV300 but it complies with the BSVI norms. The 1.5L 3-cylinder mHawk diesel engine pushes out 100bhp of peak power and 260Nm of peak torque, 20Nm more than the previous engine. For better fuel efficiency Mahindra will carry on the Eco and ESS drive modes which were in the TUV300. As for the transmission options, the diesel engine is mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission that powers the rear wheels.
Design and features
The Bolero Neo is the only car in its class to use body-on-frame chassis i.e., the ladder frame chassis used in both Scorpio and Thar. The SUV is a rear-wheel-drive SUV and Mahindra has added a mechanically locking differential only for the top trim, N10(O). This helps the car to manoeuvre easily on loose or slushy surfaces improving the drivability.
On the outside, the Bolero Neo has received a fair amount of improvements with a fresh new look. The redesigned front fascia has a sleek headlight with horizontally placed DRLs and a redesigned bumper. It features a six slat grille covered in chrome, a huge air dam below that and a new fog lamp design. Design cues like the clamshell bonnet, squared-off flared wheel arches and plastic cladding are obtained from the standard Bolero. The rear end gets a spoiler and a new X-type spare wheel cover.
The updates on the interior are minimalistic with a redesigned dashboard. It gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a reworked twin-pod instrument cluster with a 3.5-inch MID between them to display necessary info. It gets a beige fabric upholstery with textures effect and armrest in the front seats and the second row for better comfort.
The list of features includes a multi-function steering wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, AC unit with Eco mode, electronically adjustable ORVMs, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, optional ISOFIX child mounts, reverse parking sensors, cruise control, corner braking control, follow me headlamps, and more.
Mahindra Bolero Neo Variants
The Bolero Neo is offered in 4 different variants, N4, N8, N10 and N10(O). All variants get 7 seating capacity in 5+2 configuration. According to the website, the Bolero Neo is offered in Rocky Beige, Majestic Silver, Napoli Black and Highway Red, Pearl White/Diamond White (Depending on the variant) colour schemes. The price of the variants N4 – Rs. 8,48,001/- , N8 – Rs. 9,48,000/-, N10 – Rs. 9,99,901/- (All ex-showroom) and the price for the N10(O) variant is yet to be announced.
The Mahindra Bolero Neo 2021 is placed above the standard Bolero in the Mahindra portfolio and comes with improved comforts that many buyers expect from the standard version. The company is expecting better results than the TUV300 and TUV300 plus received. According to the Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Division, M&M LTD, Veejay Nakra “The Bolero brand has witnessed strong loyalty and rules Indian roads for over two decades now. With this product, we have combined the customer’s affinity towards brand Bolero with modern outlook, persona and aspiration”.
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