Mahindra just launched the Bolero Neo in the Indian market. It is a rebadged version of the TUV 300 with some styling cues from the Bolero. There have also been some other updates to make the SUV look and feel modern. Here, is a video uploaded on YouTube by Missautologs that gives us a detailed walkaround of the vehicle.
At the front, we get a honeycomb grille with six vertical slats and there is also a dark grey faux skid plate. The variant that we see in the video is the top-end N10, Mahindra will also be introducing an N10(O) variant in the future.
The headlamps are halogen units and now come with an LED Daytime Running Strip. The alloy wheels measure 15-inches in size. The size might seem a bit small but this must be a decision made by Mahindra because Bolero Neo will be facing tough terrains and roads in rural areas. So, having a larger sidewall and smaller alloy protects the alloy wheel from kerbing. The tyre size is 215/17 R15.
Then there are the square wheel arches that we have also seen on the Bolero. Another design element that has been inspired by the Bolero is the plastic strip that runs across the length of the car. The turn indicator is mounted on the front fender and is orange in colour just like the Bolero. There are also side steps that make ingress and egress easier for the occupants.
At the rear, there are rear parking sensors and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel with a new cover. There is also a rear footstep so that the third-row occupants can get inside easily. Yes, the Bolero Neo is a 7-seater as it comes with side-facing seats for the third-row.
The cabin is finished in black and beige combination. The seats are fabric and are beige in colour. There is a new instrument cluster that now comes with an analogue tachometer, analogue speedometer and there is also a new multi-information display.
There is also a new touchscreen infotainment system that measures 7-inches. You also get manual air conditioning, USB ports, a 12V charging socket and a multi-function steering wheel. The window controls are also mounted in the centre console.
The front seats are scooped out from behind so that there is ample legroom for the rear occupants and there is a minimal transmission tunnel. The headroom is also very good and you also get a rear armrest. However, you do not get any USB ports to charge your devices.
Mahindra is using a 1.5-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 260 Nm. It will be mated to only a 5-speed manual gearbox as there will be no AMT on offer. All the power will be transferred to the rear wheels. So, the Bolero Neo will be a rear-wheel-drive vehicle.
Mahindra now also offers cruise control, cornering brake control, speed alerts, Bluesense app support and much more. The price of the Bolero Neo starts at Rs. 8.48 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 9.99 lakhs ex-showroom.