Mahindra is all set to expand its SUV portfolio by lunching the new Bolero Neo in India very soon. Glimpses of the new Mahindra Bolero Neo have been teased by Mahindra through its official social media handles, signaling its imminent launch in a few days.
Essentially an updated version of the TUV300, which was discontinued by Mahindra in the wake of arrival of BS6 emission norms, the SUV will make a comeback with the new badge of Bolero Neo. Compared to the previously available TUV300, the new Mahindra Bolero Neo will be sporting a host of cosmetic changes, while retaining the boxy and upright design of the original model.
2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo: Expected Exterior Changes
The teaser video posted by Mahindra on its social media handles shows that the Bolero Neo features a revised front fascia with a new chrome grille, which gets six chrome slats, and new headlamps with daytime running LEDs on their upper edges.
Compared to the TUV300, the new Mahindra Bolero Neo will also be getting revised fog lamps and changes to front bumper and air intake. The SUV is expected to retain the deign of spare wheel mounted on the rear door, with mild changes to its alloy wheel designs as well as roof rails.
2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo: Expected Interior Changes
Coming to the interior cabin, the new Mahindra Bolero Neo will be featuring mild updates to the cabin in the form of dual tone upholstery, beige colored seats with diamond quilt pattern, revised instrument console, front center armrest and more. The erstwhile TUV300 was being offered with a seven seater layout with two jump seats behind the second row, and the new Bolero Neo is also expected to get the same seating configuration as well.
Other expected features in the Bolero Neo include a touchscreen infotainment system, height adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control and multi-functional steering wheel, in order to position it in a segment above the currently available utilitarian Bolero.
2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo: Expected Powertrain
It is not clear whether the new Mahindra Bolero Neo will retain the 1.5-liter three-cylinder 100 PS diesel engine from the previously available TUV300 in revised BS6 form, or will get the 1.5-liter four cylinder 115 PS diesel engine from the XUV300. The transmission option is expected to be a 5-speed manual gearbox.
2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo: Segment Positioning
With the Mahindra Bolero Neo, Mahindra is eying the rural markets by offering a rugged SUV which will be slightly more modern and better equipped than the standard Bolero, if not as richly equipped as the Mahindra’s own XUV300.
With is ladder-on-frame architecture, the Mahindra Bolero Neo is a unique offering in the segment of monocoque SUVS from other car makers with which it will compete. The Mahindra Bolero Neo will be positioned below the existing XUV300, and with its lower pricing, it will rival the likes of entry level sub-compact SUVs such as Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.