Mahindra Bolero Power Plus, a new multi-utility vehicle variant of Mahindra and measuring almost four metres in length, has cleverly taken the advantage of the lower excise duty rule for cars less than four metres long. The history of Mahindra’s sale shows us that the Bolero brand has been the leader in the utility market since 2007. However, like no one can always be the No.1 in anything, Bolero has been fighting in the utility vehicle market for a decade and surprisingly or expectedly, its sales begins to decrease because of the unstable taste of Indian consumers in this rapidly changing market. Then, will Mahindra do something to get rid of this trap for its famous Bolero in the auto market?
Engine and Transmission
To upgrade the car, Mahindra has introduced the 1.5-litre mHawk diesel engine with three cylinders from its siblings, TUV300 and NuvoSport and this engine can deliver maximum power at 70bhp and the peak torque goes up to 195Nm.
Steering and Handling
When I drive at less than three-digit speed, the vehicle has a good performance at low speed and offers good handling and steering, then, over 100kmph, it starts to become unsteady on the road. The gear shift is so smooth that even at low speed, I can shift fourth gear up to fifth at ease. Combining all these merits mentioned, Bolero absolutely can be one of the ideal alternatives in terms of travelling in the city and urban areas. What’s more, its suspension system has been adjusted really well so it is able to keep the occupant in the same place in the rough road condition. Besides, the front of the vehicle has an anti-roll bar as well as coil spring and Elliptical leaf spring at the rear to support the car in difficult situations.
The 1493cc diesel engine, producing 70bhp and 195Nm torque, helps Bolero get mileage at about 16.5kmpl tested by ARAI. It’s still an acceptable data for the customer and we may get a lower result if we meet the traffic jam or turn the AC on in the summer.
※Wheelbase: 2680 mm
The design of the whole car is so angular that gives you a sense of boldness. In terms of appearance, Mahindra Bolero is obviously a powerful competitor, especially it has a vigorous and rugged look, which makes it get a lustier stance. And look at its front, particularly the headlamps, feels like an angry monster and the indicators look like eyebrows, giving it a more aggressive expression. You can see some special body graphics on the side and the big windows, huge doors and side-skirts which can play the role of stairs, these give occupants plenty of conveniences as well as enjoyment. And the 180mm ground clearance helps you pass through the rough road easily. There is a spare wheel on the back and the taillights are crystal. In contrast, the back doesn't look as unique as the front and the profile, it’s just angular, not very special.
※215 / 75, 381 (R 15)
Like what you can see in the picture, the dashboard of Beloro is very very slim so the driver needs to put your head closer to check your car information like a short-sighted person. There are some standard features for the top model ZLX variant, such as an air-conditioner, music system with AUX and USB and central locking with remote, which are practical functions. Nevertheless, I still feel these are not enough but we should know that the Bolero has been aiming at the low-end markets so we can’t look forward to a bountiful feature list.
The front seats are pretty flat and unsupportive, so do the rear seats. But in another way, they are big and you can get spacious legroom in the cabin. The third row can be folded up to make more room for your luggage when they are unnecessary, just need more energy to load it in the boot because of the high-set cargo door. The big windows and slim pillars can give you a very broad vision to satisfy your eyes.
※Halogen Headlamps, Adjustable Headlights
※Heater, Rear Window Defogger
※Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest, Fabric Upholstery
※KeyLess Entry, Engine Immobilizer, Anti-Theft Device
※Gear Shift Indicator
※Anti-Lock Braking System, Central Locking, Child Safety Locks, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Seat Belt Warning
※Integrated 2DIN Audio
※Integrated 2DIN Audio
All in all, the Mahindra Bolero is a good and friendly MUV for a lot of people in many ways. The design is rugged also can give plenty of convenience to its occupants. The price is affordable for many normal consumers because this is what it has targeted at and the dimension is pretty big to carry people and luggage. The exterior is more radical as well as stouter while the interior is not so surprising. The biggest weakness maybe is we can’t find any official safety report about this car.