Read all the important details of the latest Mahindra SUV, the Bolero Neo.
A revised and renamed version of the earlier available TUV300, the new Mahindra Bolero Neo has been launched in the Indian car market, at the starting price of Rs. 8.48 lakh (Ex-showroom, India). Given the immense popularity of the ‘Bolero’ badge in rural and semi-urban regions, Mahindra decided to relaunch the compact SUV with ‘Bolero Neo’ nameplate.
While the new Mahindra Bolero Neo retains the upright and boxy design and angular silhouette of the TUV300, it now features a range of subtle design and feature upgrades to make it look fresher than before.
Mahindra Bolero Neo: Exterior
The new Mahindra Bolero Neo comes with the same headlamp design, however, they now feature the daytime running LEDs on their upper edges. Also new to the SUV are a redesigned six-slat front grille with chrome inserts as well as front bumper with new fog lamps. Along with the B-pillar, the C-pillar too has been blacked out this time.
The Bolero Neo manages to retain some of the traditional styling cues of the Bolero SUV, such as clamshell bonnet and squared wheel arches, with a thick side body molding adding a rugged touch to the exterior design. The new model now misses out on the roof rails which were available earlier in the TUV300. However, it continues to get silver alloy wheels with a new five spoke design, with a new spare wheel cover at the back.
Mahindra Bolero Neo: Interior
The interior of the new Mahindra Bolero Neo sees little changes compared to that of the erstwhile TUV300. The minor changes of the cabin include redesigned instrument console with a new MID in between, new beige fabric upholstery, tilt adjustable steering and central arm rest in second row of seats.
To position it above the utilitarian Bolero, Mahindra has equipped the Bolero Neo with a range of decently modern features, such as multi-functional steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, manual AC with Eco mode, cruise control, height adjustable driver seat and electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors.
The list of safety features includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD, cornering brake control, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX mounts for child seats.
Mahindra Bolero Neo: Powertrain
Mahindra has retained the 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine from the TUV300 for the Bolero Neo. Understandably, this engine is now in BS6 guise and makes 100 bhp of power and 260 Nm of torque. The engine continues to get fuel saving engine start-stop tech and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, which remains the only choice of transmission in the Bolero Neo.
Mahindra Bolero Neo: Variants and Color Options
Available in three different variants – N4, N8 and N10, the new Mahindra Bolero Neo can be had in one of the seven color options, namely Majestic Silver, Rocky Beige, Pearl White, Highway Red, Napoli Black, Diamond White and Royal Gold. There is an optional N10 (O) variant with added manual differential lock feature.
Positioned below the XUV300 in the company’s portfolio, the new Mahindra Bolero Neo is the only SUV in its segment to feature a ladder-on-frame construction and rear wheel drive. Considering its pricing range, the new Bolero Neo takes on more affordable sub-compact SUVs like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger, all of which are petrol-only models.