The Mahindra is a beloved off-roader, its ruggedness a huge selling factor in semi-rural areas. Today we have one which has had an extensive facelift
Mahindra has had quite a lengthy successful period over the years in the SUV segment, and the Bolero has been one of the most successful models from the company. It was launched way back in 2000 as the evolutionary replacement for the Armada Grand, and it is a testament to see this car still being sold in the Indian market with very minor changes over 2 decades. It has been so successful because of its unabashed off-road centric styling and very practical packaging, still a very strong seller especially in tier-2 and tier-3 markets.
The Mahindra Bolero has somewhat of a cult following among off-road enthusiasts and people in rural areas. It’s tough ladder-frame chassis and leaf springs rear suspension may not be the last word in handling and comfort, but it makes the SUV a formidable opponent when the going gets tough.
It also is a favourite among aftermarket tuners as it is quite easy to modify the vehicle for enthusiasts who want to increase its off-roading ability even more. Sometimes these modifications make the Mahindra Boleroa mountain goat, but once in a while you come across one where you can’t help but think what the owner was going for. Today we have pictures of this white Bolero which has gone through an extensive, if questionable overhaul.
The whole of the front-end of this modified Mahindra Bolero has been revised with a grille that struggles to invoke memories of the Jeep Wrangler. It also gets a new more rugged bumper with a bull-bar and auxiliary horns. The stock fenders have been jettisoned and in comes a pair of huge old-school Jeep style fenders, its ridiculous size making it look seriously undertyred. To complete the wonky looks, it gets a roof-mounted set of auxiliary lights. Other than the front the rest of the SUV remains stock, which makes the whole vehicle looks quite odd-ball.
The Mahindra Bolero has received evolutionary changes over the years, with a BSVI 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 paired to 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.