The 2020 Mahindra Bolero test vehicle features an updated front-end as well as many other new bits. its launch is expected to happen early next year.
Mahindra Bolero has been one of the most popular SUVs in the country, consistently maintaining sales volume for Mahindra & Mahindra. Even though it sported bare-bones architecture with not a lot of premium features, it has a lot of space and seating capacity inside, and the company has been able to price it more aggressively than its other products.
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As seen in the spy photographs, the overall silhouette of the vehicle seems rather unchanged. It still looks like a breadbox, and the entire design is composed of straight lines and rectangles. There does seem to be a few changes on the face though. The headlights are round and protruding, which look extremely ungainly. These could be makeshift unit though, and the actual design could still be under wraps. The front grill looks slightly different too, and so does the front bumper design. The roof is completely flat, and so is the front windshield. This lends it an old-school aura.
Due to the fast approaching April 2020 deadline for BSVI implementation, the facelift is sure to be powered by a BSVI compliant diesel motor. Mahindra had also secured a BSVI certification earlier for the Bolero Power Plus. Currently, the Bolero features two diesel engine choices; a 1.5-liter engine with 70 BHP and 195 Nm of max power and torque respectively, and a 2.5-liter motor delivering 63 BHP and 195 Nm. The Bolero is extremely popular amongst commercial and rural audiences, owing to its focus on utility rather than luxury.
The lack of equipment has been one of the biggest complaints with the Bolero. The 2020 version might see the inclusion of a few safety features, like seatbelt reminders, parking sensors, and most importantly, driver and passenger-side airbags. It could also sport disc brakes with ABS and EBD as standard, which would help improve the safety significantly. Currently, Mahindra Bolero is priced between ₹8.19 Lakh to 8.88 Lakh (ex-Showroom). Expect the launch to happen early next year with a slight increase in price.