Mahindra appears to be building up a case for a sub-compact SUV that will sit below the TUV300 and NuvoSport, according to a report by AutoCarIndia.
The SUV, nicknamed the mini-Bolero would make its debut as early as next-month. It will have over 170mm shaved off from its elder sibling to duck under the sub-four-metre mark and qualify under the 12 per cent excise duty bracket. The front and rear bumpers will be re-designed, while most of its body parts will remain identical to the larger Bolero.
On the inside, the mini-Bolero is reported to get the dashboard and trim from the full-sized sibling. However, the seating will be re-engineered to optimise space inside the cabin. It will be a 7-seater (5 adults + 2 jump seats), the third row two side facing jump-seats similar to the TUV3OO and NuvoSport. Designed for the rural and commercial markets, don’t expect it to get lot of features.
The only major change is what’s under the hood – a 1.5-litre 3 cyl mHawk diesel engine, which is the same unit that is found in the TUV3OO and NuvoSport. However, this unit will be detuned to give better fuel economy and is reported to churn-out 68 HP of power, which is still higher than the larger 2.5-litre unit powering the Bolero.
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