The Mahindra Bolero Power Plus just got a special edition to make it more attractive for buyers across India during this festive season. Here is the first look video of India’s best selling MUV.
As the video indicates, the special edition variant of the Bolero Power Plus is based on the SLX trim. and gets a bunch of visual changes on the outside to make it look distinct from the regular Bolero. Also, the interiors get a mild makeover, and now look better than before and these changes should work very well with the Bolero’s intended buyer segments in rural and semi-urban markets.
The Bolero Power Plus is the sub-4 meter version of the MUV, and was shortened a couple of years ago by chopping off the bumpers in order to meet the sub-4 meter regulations for availing tax benefits. Along with the shorter length, Mahindra also gave the Bolero a smaller engine in the form of the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin scroll turbocharger equipped diesel, with 70 Bhp-195 Nm outputs. This engine drives the rear wheels of the MUV through a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The MUV is also available in a 4.2 meter length, which is just the additional length of the bumpers rather than any change to the body. The longer version gets a 2.5 liter M2DICR turbocharged diesel engine with 63 Bhp-180 Nm, which like the smaller motor, gets a 5 speed manual gearbox. By April 2020, the bigger engine will be discontinued from the Bolero, which will get only the smaller engine that will be made Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant by the end of this year. Power and torque outputs could remain the same while fuel efficiency is likely to increase in the new engine.
The Bolero is available with 7, 8 and 9 seat variants, and is positioned as a rugged people mover that can handle the roughest of roads across India. Mahindra used to even offer a four wheel drive version of the Bolero to government departments who needed the additional traction and torque in order to get across tough terrain. The MUV’s Power Plus variant gets ABS as standard, and now complies with new safety regulations that came into force on the 1st of October, 2019. In 2020, Mahindra is likely to introduce airbags, reverse parking sensors and more safety equipment on the Bolero to keep it up to date with the latest safety requirements. It remains to be seen if the MUV gets a full model change next year. We’re yet to see test mules indicating that.