Mahindra has recently decided to discontinue its old horse 2.5L m2dicr powered Bolero. It is now offering the car with a choice of one single-engine across the range, the 1.5L mHawk D70 powerplant.
That the Indian automotive industry would have been in a completely different shape if Mahindra never launched the Bolero, sounds like a too much of recognition for the UV, but the Bolero has always held the sales figures high with its utilitarian aspects. It is only from the last couple of years, that Bolero lost the position of highest selling UV in the country. Introduced in the year 2000 with a 2.5L diesel engine, which made 63 PS of power and 195 Nm of torque, Bolero was selling like hotcakes. Sadly Mahindra has now shelved the variants with this engine option.
The 2.5L diesel unit as of now is BS-4 compliant, and hosts too much displacement for its power output, but that is not the reason we believe Mahindra planned to put a stop on its production. With stringent emission norms coming in from April 1st, 2020, the engines will have to be BS-6 compliant and that is where the 2.5L diesel sees an end to its service. This, however, does not stop Mahindra from selling the much-loved Bolero in India. Instead, now it will come taxed as a compact SUV.
Mahindra has recently introduced the Power Plus variants of the Bolero which will keep the Bolero epithet alive in the country. The Power-Plus badging get some major changes up its sleeve like it is under 4 meters in length and gets a 1.5L mHawk D70 engine which is capable of producing 71ps of peak power and 195nm of max torque. With such Specifications, the Bolero is now taxed as per the standards that levy on the compact SUVs. Mahindra has recently updated the Bolero Power Plus according to the AIS 145, while the variants with 2.5L mill were not, sounds like Mahindra had already planned for this move to put a stop to the 2.5L diesel mill. And it is not going to harm in any way to the manufacturer.
Since the Bolero can now be had with the Power Plus tag, giving the occupants a safer ride by offering driver side airbag, front seat belt reminder, speed alerts, ABS with EBD intervention and rear parking sensors. The current iteration of the smaller 1.5L mill is still in BS-4 state of tune, but it is expected to get a BS-6 upgrade around the upcoming 2020 Auto-Expo. Apart from the updated engine line-up, Mahindra is also expected to showcase the new Scorpio and XUV500 replacement. Till then, fingers crossed.