Mahindra Bolero soldiers on gamely, 2 decades after its launch. Its a hardy UV that is best going where roads are hard to come by, and this modified Bolero looks to be even better.
The Mahindra Bolero has been on sale for 2 decades now, and it is proof of its success that it has changed only a little during that period. Originally an evolutionary upgrade to the Armada Grand, the Bolero is one of the all-time best selling models from Mahindra. Even though we don’t see it in big cities much anymore, its off-road focused styling and mechanicals coupled with spacious interiors make it a top seller in tier-2 and tier-3 markets. The Bolero is also a good vehicle to modify extensively and has become a favourite among modifying enthusiasts in India. It’s tough ladder-frame chassis and leaf-sprung rear suspension may not give it great on-road manners, but it's invaluable in rural areas where sometimes roads cease to exist. Today we have this modified Bolero which is ready to climb the toughest of inclines.
The pictures have been uploaded by iamautomotivecrazer over on Instagram, and we can see this Mahindra Bolero has been modified thoroughly to make it a formidable off-roader. It gets new front and rear multi-link coil spring suspension with Antisway bars for better high-speed on-road manners and to get maximum controlled flex during off-road. There’s a new heavy-duty steering tie rod and drag link with rod ends to take up the offroad abuse and an Sz2600 gear drive engine + Ba10-Borgwarner gearbox. It also gets a hydraulic handbrake, a winch mounted directly to the chassis for rigidity, new snorkel air intake, front Chromoly axles and Lambda lockers fitted front & rear with front manual freewheel hubs. The stock tyres are binned for huge 33-inch ones and behind them on the rear are new disc brakes replacing the drums. We come across a lot of modified Boleros at IndianAuto, most of which are, um, questionable. But this is one of the best, it has been built to a specific purpose, and that’s the best sort of modification.
The Mahindra Bolero has received evolutionary changes over the years, with a BS-VI version being launched recently as well. The BS-VI Bolero is powered by a smaller 1.5-litre oil burner which churns of 75PS/195Nm of peak power and torque figures and is powered by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Prices for the BS-VI version starts at Rs 7.98 lakh, going up to Rs 8.99 lakh ex-showroom, respectively.