The Mahindra Boleros and Thars you see on the road are derived from the CJ-5 where C and J stand for Civilian and Jeep. That explains why we have so many Jeep Wrangler and Rubicon replicas on Indian roads. While most replicas are generally overdone, doing injustice to the original, once in a while we have some really good-looking replicas. Here’s one such vehicle.
This Jeep Wrangler Unlimited replica uis built around the Mahindra Bolero, which happens to be India’s best selling MUV. Kanjany Motor Works of Thrissur, Kerala, has built this replica, which we must say looks quite butch, and fetching. The primary changes include a revised roof design, new front and rear end styling and taller, wider tyres shod on wider steel rims.
The roof is flatter than that of the stock Bolero and inclines at the rear, to make for an authentic Jeep Wrangler look. To help the Bolero achieve better street presence, wider and taller Cooper Mud Terrain tyres have been used. This gives the replica a wider stance, further enhanced by the wider fenders. The stepney is another custom job, and so are the LED headlamps and tail lamps.
Along the flanks, Wrangler style doors and running boards have been added, while pull-type door handles replace the flap-type units of the Bolero. At the front and the rear, the replica gets custom bumpers that have an aggressive design. The grille is another angry-looking element and so is the bull bar. LED light bars adorn the bullbar, spotting lamps sit on the windscreen and fog lamps make their way onto the bumper.
A snorkel and custom wing mirrors complete the Jeep Wrangler look. While this Bolero will certainly turn heads, don’t expect to get too far off the road though. Yes, a four wheel drive transfer case is missing and what you get is the stock rear wheel drive layout that’s standard on the thousands of Boleros running in India. The rugged and reliable 2.5 liter M2DiCR turbo diesel engine with 63 Bhp-180 Nm powers this beast.
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