Mahindra is working on a new Bolero which is essentially a reworked version of TUV300. The TUV300 itself was discontinued when BS6 emission norms kicked in last year. The manufacturer has already started teasing the new SUV. According to ACI, Bolero Neo is going to launch on July 15th.
Bolero Neo gets revised front with new headlights and grille. Mahindra has also updated the bumper and the SUV will also come with LED Daytime Running Lamps. It also gets some elements from the Bolero itself.
There are boxy wheel arches and a black plastic strip that runs across the length of the car. Other things include a clamshell bonnet, new alloy wheel designs and a new spare tyre cover. The front grille now also comes with six vertical slats. We are going to see this on the upcoming Mahindra vehicles too.
The cabin is also expected to get some changes so that the vehicle feels more modern. So, there will be new slightly different upholstery and a new instrument cluster. There can also be a new multi-information display that Mahindra offers with the Bolero Neo. Mahindra might also offer a new touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Engine and variants
Bolero Neo will be offered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that will produce 100 PS of max power. The torque output is not yet known but we expect it to be somewhere around 240 Nm. The engine will be offered only with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is still not confirmed if Bolero Neo will be offered with a petrol engine or an AMT gearbox.
There will be three variants o offer. The base variant will be N4, the mid-spec variant will be N8 and the top-spec variant will be called N10.
Bolero Neo Plus
Mahindra also used to offer a TUV300 Plus which was longer than 4-metres. So, it could accommodate a side facing the third row. There are chances that Mahindra also offers Bolero Neo with a third row which will be called Bolero Neo Plus. Having said that the side facing seats are not really safe for the occupants. This was the reason that Mahindra discontinued variants of Thar that were offered with side-facing seats. So, we would just have to wait for the official confirmation from the manufacturer itself regarding Bolero Neo Plus.
Mahindra has announced that they will be focusing on true blue SUVs and there are a lot many SUVs in the pipeline. They are working on new variants of the Thar. It is said that Mahindra will be launching a more affordable version of the Thar which will miss out on 4×4. The manufacturer is also working on a 5-seater version of the Thar.
There is also a new Scorpio that is expected to launch early next year. It has also been spied while on a test. However, most hype has been created by the XUV 700 and it is rumoured to launch on 15th August. There will also be an all-new XUV 500 and an XUV 900 Coupe which will be the new flagship of Mahindra.