Buying a 6x6 in India is an expensive affair, thus enthusiasts go for the modification route. Similarly, this Bolero has been modified into a 6X6 and it looks demonic for sure.
Mahindra Bolero is an important vehicle in the Indian automotive scene. In today’s era, it might not be able to match its shoulders with premium offerings, but it continues to be the only medium of transport in remote areas. Its capable chassis and boxy body make it an easy machine to fiddle around with. For the same reason, one can come across a lot of modified Boleros. But what we have here is distinctive. It can stand right next to a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6 with no discomfort. We came across this modified Bolero via a YouTube video, uploaded by YuVlogs on his channel.
In the video, it can be seen that the Bolero now features a crew cab with 4 doors. The rear portion of the car has been converted to a long flatbed. How long? Long enough to fit two axles beneath itself. To make this an operational 6X6, the tuner has used components from various other cars. The stock engine has been replaced with a 2.6L turbocharged diesel unit from the bigger Scorpio. This chain-drive SZ2600 oil burner is capable of producing 120 BHP and 280 Nm.
The transfer case on this behemoth comes from Maruti Gypsy to transfer power to all 6 wheels. The modifier claims that the third axle is currently disconnected from the drivetrain. This has been done to save on some precious fuel. As in 6X6 configuration, the mechanical load increases on the engine, therefore resulting in reduced fuel efficiency.
Talking of the other mods, it now gets a revised front end with 4-lamp setup. Also, a custom-made bumper is installed that gives it an increased approach angle. On the sides, a high-lift jack is mounted around the front door, while it also gets a roll-bar on the rear deck. Talking of the wheels, its gets half a dozen of steelies that are shod with 31-inch Maxxis Buckshot Mudder tyres. It can be seen in the video that even in 6X4 configuration this Bolero is extremely capable. However, it can be shifted to 6X2 format as well, with the use of manual transfer case, when going through smooth tarmac.