As we all know that Mahindra is working on updating their vehicles. One of the vehicles was the TUV300 whose facelift was expected to hit the Indian market sometime this year. However, from the most recent spy shots that have surfaced the internet, we can see that the TUV300 will be renamed as the Bolero Neo. Earlier this year, the TUV300 was removed from Mahindra’s official website, but no one was expecting the SUV to make a return with an all-new name. The new SUV was spotted without any camouflage for the first time in Maharashtra. The Bolero Neo was spotted during an ad shoot so we can expect that the SUV would be launched soon in the Indian market.
Speaking of the changes, the basic design still resembles the TUV300. However, there are some differences to the bodywork of Bolero Neo which makes it stand out. First, we can see the new Green paint scheme which does look nice. The front fascia is now redesigned to give it a more SUV-ish stance. The headlamps have been redesigned and now they get a horizontal LED Daytime Running Lamp as we have seen on the current generation of XUV500.
There is a revised bumper which is now more aggressive and houses new design for the fog lamps. The grille is also redesigned to look more premium, it still gets 6 vertical slats but there is a chrome lining that runs above the grille which neatly integrates with the LED Daytime Running Lamp. The overall front does look like it has been inspired by the new generation of Scorpio, which will be launched in the second half of 2021.
The side profile also gets some updates with new darker coloured alloy wheels, prominent squared-off wheel arches and a strong shoulder line running from the bonnet till the end of the SUV. The rear of the SUV is more or less the same with the wheel mounted on the boot and vertical tail lamps. Overall, the design of the Bolero Neo does look more proportionate than the outgoing TUV300.
Powering the Bolero Neo will be the same 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, mHawk diesel engine which produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 240 Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is no doubt that people do prefer Bolero nameplate more than TUV300. The sales of the TUV300 were not good and the Bolero still sold around 5,000 units in December 2020. If the Bolero Neo still is not able to appeal the general public, there is a chance that it might be able to pick some sales from rural areas because the Bolero nameplate is a trusted name in such areas.
A question still lies if Mahindra will launch the Bolero Neo with a petrol engine and an automatic gearbox because XUV300 does come with a petrol engine but does not offer an automatic gearbox with it. Also, what about the TUV300 Plus, should we expect a Bolero Neo Plus soon? We would just have to wait for the official launch of the SUV so that more details are revealed.