News has come that Mahindra and Mahindra will be giving their rugged SUV, the Bolero an upgrade. This is in order to comply with the upcoming safety and emission norms. Coming to the Bolero, the vehicle has been a consistent seller for the homegrown automaker since it was launched in 2001.
Many major automakers have decided to phase out existing products present in their line-up here. This can be due to the poor sales numbers here. The Bolero, being an existing product of some sorts, will not be axed owing to its commanding presence in rural markets across India.
There aren’t many changes set to take place in terms of the design of the Bolero. However, the engine will be more refined and upgraded in order to meet the BS-VI emission norms. Currently, the Bolero comes powered by a 2.5 litre m2diCR diesel engine, giving 63 BHP of power and 195 Nm of torque.
The more powerful Bolero Power+ model has a 1.5 litre mHawkD70 diesel motor. It can deliver 71 BHP of power and 195 Nm of torque. Both these engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Major additions will take place in terms of the features in the vehicle. The updated Bolero will come with features such as ABS with EBD, dual airbags, rear parking sensors and seatbelt reminder alert. It will be compliant to the current crash testing norms.
The updated Bolero will see a marginal increase in its price when launched. Reports state that Mahindra will also be upgrading the Thar based on the same criterion. We can expect the updated Bolero to arrive here soon and the Thar later on. The all-new Mahindra Bolero too is expected to be launched in early-2020, but no test mules have been spotted yet!
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