Mahindra has given the Bolero the much needed ABS update, and the MUV equipped with ABS has been launched in India. The Mahindra Bolero Power+ ABS is priced at Rs. 7.68 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi for the SLE base variant. The SLX trim is priced at Rs. 8.33 lakhs while the top-end ZLX trim costs Rs. 8.68 lakhs. All variants of the Bolero that get ABS are based on the Power+ variant, which means that it uses the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin scroll turbocharger equipped diesel engine that makes 70 Bhp of peak power and 195 Nm of peak torque. This engine was introduced by Mahindra last year, and is a modern unit developed in-house.
Mahindra has not added ABS to the non-sub 4 meter version of the Bolero, which is equipped with the larger 2.5 liter M2DICR turbo diesel engine. This variant will not be carried over to 2020, when the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms kick in. Going forward, only the sub-4 meter Bolero with the 1.5 liter diesel engine will be sold. Mahindra will make the 1.5 liter diesel BS6 compliant, and the sub-4 meter Bolero will also comply with the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) norms.
The Bolero, for more than a decade now, has been Mahindra’s best seller. A cash cow for the brand, the Bolero is particularly strong in semi-urban and rural markets, where the MUV’s sheer reliability, low running costs and rugged build is highly regarded. The Bolero was first launched in 2001, and was based on the Armada platform. Right from the outset, the MUV started selling very well, and Mahindra came up with a slew of variants including a high-roof 9 seater, a pick up truck and even a flat bed based on this vehicle.
Soon, the Bolero began outselling the Tata Sumo, which was the segment leader until the new Mahindra MUV was launched. Ever since, the Bolero has been outselling the Tata Sumo in a big way. Mahindra has been selling a steady 6,000-7,000 units of the Bolero each month even as Tata Motors could manage less than 2,000 units. This is perhaps a reason why Tata Motors didn’t find it worthwhile upgrading the Sumo to BS6 and BNVSAP norms. The Tata Sumo has now been discontinued even as the Bolero continues to motor on and dominate the MUV space. With the Sumo no longer available, it’s advantage Bolero given the fact that demand for a rugged MUV like the Bolero continues to exist in India.