Mahindra has confirmed that the Bolero Neo will be available in India as a replacement for the TUV300. Mahindra is well-known for its ambitious plans for new product launches over the next few years. To name a few, there’s the next-generation Scorpio, the 7-seat XUV700, the XUV500 (Creta-Rival), the XUV900 (Coupe SUV), the 5-Door Thar, and the XUV300 Sportz (with a new Stallion Engine). 

Bolero, on the other hand, is one of Mahindra’s best-selling products month after month. Mahindra wants to rename the TUV300 Bolero Neo for this reason. It’ll be a more advanced version of the regular Bolero, which will be available in a new-gen form soon. Mahindra has announced the Bolero Neo’s arrival on its website, and the launch is expected to happen soon. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from the upcoming SUV.

The Design of Bolero Neo

The Bolero Neo has a tough, boxy, and rugged-looking SUV in the traditional sense. New headlamps, redesigned bumpers with fog lamps, and a vertically slated front grille are all likely to be found on the front fascia, giving the vehicle a more SUV-like appearance. The car will have pronounced wheel arches, strong character lines, and a tall body design from the side. The boot-door mounted spare wheel and body tail lamps, as well as a redesigned rear bumper, are likely to remain.

Mahindra Bolero Neo vs TUV300: Interiors, Features And Specs

The Bolero Neo is targeted at those who want a cabin with a few modern features and the same foundation and reliability as the regular Bolero. This includes features such as a Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Digital or Part-Digital Driver’s Instrument Cluster, Multi-Purpose Steering Wheel, Automatic Climate Control, Redesigned Dashboard and other cabin components, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Leatherette Upholstery, and more. On the safety front, ABS with EBD, Dual Airbags, Reverse Parking Sensors with Camera, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, and much more will be included.

The Mahindra Bolero Neo will most certainly be equipped with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that generates 100 hp and 240 Nm and is compliant with BS6 regulations. A 5-speed manual transmission may be included with this engine. A 5-speed AMT could also be offered to boost the Bolero Neo’s convenience factor. 

SpecificationMahindra Bolero NeoMahindra TUV300
Engine1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel
1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel

Maximum Power100PS100PS

Peak Torque260Nm240Nm

Transmission5-speed manual
5-speed manual, 5-speed AMT

Mahindra Bolero Neo vs TUV300: Pricing

VariantMahindra Bolero NeoMahindra TUV300
Base Model (ex-showroom)Rs 8.48 lakh
Rs 8.59 lakh

Top Model (ex-showroom)Rs 9.99 lakh
Rs 10.61 lakh

The Ride

Although the engine is powerful, the vehicle is heavy (at 2,215 kg gross weight, it is heavy). The ride quality is bouncy, possibly due to the ladder-on-frame construction (modern Indians may have grown accustomed to monocoque crossover SUVs, in which the chassis is integral with the body, resulting in more refined ride quality). NVH levels are average (not in the same league as the XUV300 diesel). While the Bolero Neo has rear parking sensors, it lacks a rear-parking camera (which the XUV300 does), which is a feature that aspirational Indians might appreciate.

The Bolero Neo, on the other hand, is a joy to drive off the beaten path. It isn’t a 4×4, but it acts like one. The rear wheels have good traction, so moving through shallow riverbeds shouldn’t be too difficult.