India’s leading SUV manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra launched the facelift version of its most popular sport-utility vehicle Bolero in 2012. Receiving some vital exterior and interior updates, the new Bolero looks more rugged, masculine and outgoing. The new large headlamps, redesigned bumper with integrated fog lamps, honey-comb shaped mesh and grille with embossed Mahindra’s logo enhance its front fascia. The side body graphics remain the same. The SUV is assembled with 215/75 R15 size of tyres. The rear gets minor revision with new tail lamps and rear wiper. The new Bolero is now offered in six shades: silver, brown, black, beige, red and white.
The Mahindra Bolero facelift is richer and more comfortable from inside. The beige cabin feels bright and airy. The center console with wooden finish around, MID, instrument panel, internally adjustable RVMs, AC unit, an audio system with MP3/ CD support and several other features add more to its comfort and convenience level. The multi adjustable front seats are very comfortable with good legroom, thigh and back support. There is a plenty of boot space as well.
The Mahindra Bolero derives power from a 2.5-litre diesel engine, which is now boosted with the M2DiCR technology. The low operating cost makes it very economical vehicle for buyers. This powertrain produces a peak power of 63bhp @ 3200rpm and 194.2Nm of torque. Combined with a five-speed manual transmission, it delivers an ARAI rated fuel economy of 12kmpl in city and 15.96kmpl on highways. However, in real driving condition, the car offers a mileage of 12.2kmpl (with AC) and 14kmpl (without AC). Having the new Micro Hybrid system, the engine switches to standby or automatic fuel saving mode. It accelerates 0-100kmph within 25.1 seconds, which isn’t impressive. It offers a top speed of 120kmph.
The overall handling and drivability is good. The ride quality is balanced. The SUV performs so well on urban roads as well as on highways. The power steering is light. The suspension system is tuned for better riding experience. The braking performance is impressive. The body roll is well-controlled, but NVH levels are quite high.
The Bolero facelift gets some minor cosmetic updates. Wearing new large headlamps, revised bumper with integrated fog lamps, honey-comb shaped mesh and grille with embossed Mahindra’s logo, the SUV looks more aggressive, masculine and outgoing than its predecessor. No changes have been made to its sides. The Bolero comes equipped with 215/75 R15 size of tyres. Alloy wheels might enhance its side profile.
The rear looks similar to its older version, except the new tail lamps and rear wiper. The rear defogger has been removed now. The build quality is good, but isn’t up-to the mark. The finishing is better than before. The ground clearance is 215mm. The dimensions are measured around 4107mm (length), 1745mm (width), 1880mm (width) with a wheelbase of 2680mm. It carries a kreb weight of 1615kgs. The 2012 Bolero facelift is available in six colors: Silver, Java brown, Fiery black, Rocky beige, Toreador red and Diamond white.
The interior of Mahindra Bolero isn’t exceptional, but it manages to looks neat and clean. The design is very basic, and looks outdated. The beige theme looks bright. The material quality is better than before. The fit and finish is on par. The digital instrument panel is easy to read. The center console gets wooden finish around the AC vents and console. The three-spoke steering with silver accents looks stylish. The light color seats upholstery is more prone to dirt and dust.
The driver seat doesn’t get height adjustable headrest. There is ample legroom and headroom for front passengers. The other comfort features include multi information digital display, instrument panel, internally adjustable mirrors, AC unit with four AC vents, an audio system with MP3/ CD support, power windows, human voice warning system and many more. The new Bolero offers a boot space of 1063-litres.
Engine and Transmission
The new Mahindra Bolero shares its engine with its predecessor, and comes powered with a 2.5-litre diesel engine. This powertrain is now boosted with the M2DiCR technology, which reduces the operating cost of the engine. The engine churns out a maximum power of 63bhp @ 3200rpm and 194.2Nm of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is the only available option. The Bolero offers an ARAI certified fuel economy of 12kmpl on urban roads and 15.96kmpl on highways.
However, the figures fluctuate in practical situation, and the car sucks more fuel than the certified values. In real driving condition, the SUV delivers a mileage of 12.2kmpl (with AC) and 14kmpl (without AC). The new Micro Hybrid system switches the engine to the automatic fuel saving mode, and helps it consume less fuel. This powertrain can achieve 100kmph from standby within 25.1 seconds, with a top-speed of 123kmph. However, it isn’t prompt enough.
Performance and Handling
The handling and drivability of the new Bolero is pretty impressive. The ride is balanced and smooth. The power steering is light. The common-rail diesel engine enhances the efficiency and drivability of the car. The engine’s power output remains the same, but torque value has been marginally increased. The engine is peppy at low speed. The high refinement level helps to catch power from 1000rpm in 3rd gear with promptness.
The engine gets worst when fully-loaded and running at high speed on highway. It is recommended not to overtake besides 100kph. The Micro Hybrid system helps with the fuel efficiency of the engine. The bumps and jerks are filtered with robust independent with coil spring and anti roll bar front suspension and Ellipitical leaf springs rear suspension. The body roll and NVH levels are better than before. The turning radius of 5.8-meter add more to its drivability.
The braking performance is flawless, and rated with four stars. The front disc brakes and rear drum brakes are good enough to handle the panic braking situations. However, the ABS (Anti-lock braking system), airbags and Traction control are missing.
The Mahindra Bolero gets a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine, which does duty to its predecessor. But, this powertrain is now powered with the M2DiCR technology that switches to automatic fuel saving mode, and reduces its operating cost. This churns out a peak power output of 63bhp @ 3200rpm and 194.2Nm of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is the only available option. The Bolero delivers a fuel economy of 12kmpl in city and 15.96kmpl on highways. But, it fails to maintain these figures in real driving condition, and offers a fuel economy of 12.2kmpl (with AC) and 14kmpl (without AC).
The Bolero comes loaded features like central locking system, keyless entry, engine immobilizer, voice messaging alert system and more. The light and prompt power steering simplifies the things on the road.
The Mahindra Bolero facelift is one of the most practical SUV from its segment. The SUV received some vital cosmetic and technical modifications, enhancing its market value. The new Bolero is more rugged and masculine than before, but its outdated styling might be disliked by some buyers. The interior is basic and seats aren’t comfortable enough. The engine is tuned for better fuel efficiency and performance. The power is still lacking somewhere. The drivability is good. The Bolero doesn’t make holes to your pocket, coming at a starting price of Rs 6 lakh.
Pros & Cons
· New features such as Multi information display, Start-Stop micro system etc.
· Large boot space
· Frugal engine with advanced Micro Hybrid technology
· Low cost of ownership
· Outdated styling
· Uncomfortable seating
· Less power
· Engine refinement level