Eyeing excise duty benefits and seeking to workaround judicial activism, Mahindra is said to be working on a chopped Bolero, replete with a smaller diesel motor. The sub-4 Meter Bolero is said to be a stop-gap arrangement for the automaker until an all-new version makes its debut in 2018-19.
Code-named the U108, the sub-4 meter Bolero could borrow the 1.5 liter twin scroll turbo diesel engine from the TUV300 as it seeks to gain duty benefits available to sub-4 meter cars sold in India. While the shortened Bolero hasn’t yet been spotted on the testing circuit, a news report suggests that such a vehicle could be introduced as early as the second half of 2016.
While this timeline seems unlikely, we’ve seen Mahindra respond with lightning pace to market moves. Also, the Bolero is in a tight spot currently as vehicles that have diesel engines larger than 2 liters can’t be sold in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Considering such developments, a shortened Mahindra Bolero with a smaller 1.5 liter diesel engine does make sense, at least for specific markets in the country. Meanwhile, a longer version of the Mahindra TUV300 is also said to be in the works for a launch. The longer TUV300 is said to be code-named the U302.