Mahindra recently launched the all-new Bolero Neo in the Indian market. Based on the Gen3 platform that underpins the Scorpio and the all-new Thar, the new Bolero Neo offers a 5+2 seating option with jump seats in the rear. Now Mahindra is working on a Bolero Neo Plus, which will be much longer than the standard version of the vehicle.
Mahindra has replaced the TUV300 with the Bolero Neo. Mahindra used to offer the TUV300 Plus in the market, which was a longer version of the standard TUV. Mahindra will follow the same with the all-new Bolero Neo too. According to Car&Bike, Mahindra is working to launch the Bolero Neo Plus in the Indian market and the launch will happen soon.
The Bolero Neo Plus will be a stretched version of the standard model. The Plus variant will be around 400 to 410 mm longer than the Bolero Neo. It will not remain a sub-4m vehicle like the standard Bolero Neo anymore.
However, unlike the TUV300 Plus and TUV300, which used to look very similar to each other, Mahindra will work to make the Bolero Neo Plus slightly different. Apart from becoming visibly longer, the Bolero Neo Plus will also come with sporty styling cues. The Bolero Neo Plus is likely to look close to the original Bolero than the standard Bolero Neo.
Will come with a similar feature’s list
Just like the standard Bolero Neo, the Bolero Neo Plus will come with a similar feature’s list. The Bolero Neo Plus will come with rectangular wheel arches, a thick plastic side body cladding, new headlamps, and a lowered hood line. We can also expect the same colour options too.
On the inside, we can get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control system, BlueSense App, steering-mounted controls and more. Mahindra may also add the BlueSense Plus feature to the Bolero Neo Plus.
The new Bolero Neo Plus may also get powered by a more powerful engine option. Since it will be longer than 4-metre in length, the vehicle will not get the government tax discounts too. With that, Mahindra will be able to use a higher-displacement engine.
Mahindra may use the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine with a manual transmission. Mahindra may not offer an automatic transmission even with the Bolero Neo Plus. With the longer length, Mahindra will offer 9-seats. There will be longer side-facing seats in the boot of the vehicle.
Vijay Nakra, CEO-Automotive Division, Mahindra and Mahindra said,
“We keep having this discussion on gasoline [petrol] automatic, and diesel manual. Our observation is, clearly in the crossover sub-4 metre – the vote goes to gasoline automatic. When you come to mid-size crossovers, it’s a fair mix of diesel and gasoline – manual and automatic. When you move to authentic frame-based SUVs, largely the call of the day is still around diesel, so we will stay with diesel as of now on this platform. So yes, strategies around powertrain we will evolve as we go along – given that Bolero is a product is very critical to our overall SUV strategy.”