Mahindra has finally launched the much-awaited Bolero Neo in India at an introductory price of Rs 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom) following several spy shots and teasers. In an earlier press release, the manufacturer had announced that the Bolero Neo would be unveiled on July 15.
There are four variants, six colour options, and only one diesel engine available. Mahindra has launched its fourth sub-four metre SUV for the Indian market, which is essentially a revival of its erstwhile TUV300.
Fresh looks greet you as you approach the new Mahindra Bolero Neo. It looks a lot sleeker now that the LED DRLs are on the upper half of the headlights since they have been re-profiled and placed higher up. New fog lights are integrated into the reworked front bumper. The grille has also been redesigned with Mahindra’s new six-slat chrome design. In this case, all of the C-pillars are black, whereas the D-pillars are body-coloured.
In addition to the clamshell bonnet, squared-off and barely flared wheel arches, and an all-aluminium body, the Bolero Neo features a thick plastic cladding running along the length of the SUV’s body. Besides its exterior updates, it receives new silver alloy wheels, while the roof rails from the TUV300 are omitted. Bolero Neo revs up its rear end with a new X-type spare wheel cover branded Bolero as well as a spoiler.
Interior and Features
It gets a completely new instrument cluster, a new centre console with a new MID screen. There is also new beige fabric upholstery with a textured effect, a tilt-adjustable power steering wheel, and armrests for the second row of seats.
As part of the standard features, you get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, air conditioning with Eco mode, adjustable front armrests and electrically adjustable ORVMs. On the Bolero Neo, you will find ABS, EBD, and CBC, as well as dual front airbags, reversing parking sensors and ISOFIX mounting points.
Powertrain Options and Underpinnings
The Bolero Neo is powered by Mahindra’s 1.5-litre BS6 compliant mHawk100 engine that produces 100bhp/260Nm. It is being offered with a five-speed manual gearbox but we expect a five-speed automated manual transmission to join the ranks soon.
For the first time, Mahindra has also fitted the Bolero Neo with a locking differential or as they have termed it multi-terrain technology for improved off-road handling. This feature is only available on the top-spec N10 (O) variant.
Bolero Neo was built on the Scorpio’s ladder-frame chassis and is the only body-on-frame sub compact SUV in this category. In addition to being rear-wheel drive, it stands out from other subcompact SUVs. Even the top-spec N10 trim is equipped with a mechanically locking differential.
This Mahindra Bolero Neo model will sit above the standard Bolero and both will be available at the same time. By repositioning the TUV300 in this way, Mahindra is targeting Bolero buyers who might be looking for additional performance and comfort. While there are no direct competitions in its segment, in this price range the Bolero Neo is a direct competition for monocoque compact SUVs.
Mentioned below are the ex-showroom prices of Mahindra Bolero Neo variants:
- Mahindra Bolero Neo N4 – Rs 8.48 lakh
- Mahindra Bolero Neo N8 – Rs 9.47 lakh
- Mahindra Bolero Neo N10 – Rs 9.99 lakh