Mahindra Bolero has earned an image of being synonyms with performance, which has turned out to be a spectacular achievement for the Mahindra & Mahindra Company, India. New Mahindra Bolero is loaded with latest technology and modern features that address to the growing demands of the Indian car buyers, in terms of comfort and convenience. The exceptional overall features of the Mahindra Bolero makes it ideal for delivering its best on the India roads. Renowned for its world class performance, Bolero provides a perfect blend of extraordinary style and sturdy looks.New Mahindra Bolero is available in 6 different models, namely VLX CRDe, SLX 4WD, SLX 2WD, SLE, DI and PLUS. All these models are known for their extraordinary manoeuvrable capabilities and eccentric on-road performance. Bolero has higher possibilities to perform to its best as it enjoys a huge network of service centres in almost all the states and the union territories of the country. Speaking of the various models of the Bolero and its unique features, the Mahindra & Mahindra Company has claimed to have incorporated a dozen of high priority comfort features. The VLX model of the Bolero features the noise-reducing, refined NVH package minimising every bit of the exterior noise originating outside the vehicle's cabin. The SLX model features a low stance fender or the clear lens headlamp, which is specially designed to eliminate the intense shine that is emitted giving a superior focus and visibility strength. In fact with the clear lens head lamps, the numerous uneven prisms like cuts are also ruled out in the lamp panel further enhancing the quality of the light focused by the head lamps. The SLE, DI and PLUS models feature the fabric oriented upholstery and hydraulic clutch, which is also found in the VLX and the SLX models. Speaking of the achievements of the Bolero in terms of customer satisfaction, Mahindra Bolero was ranked first among its competitors as the only model to have delivered a 100% customer satisfaction over the years. This conclusion was drawn after a study conducted by the TNS Automotive, the specialist division of TNS Global in the year 2009. The fact that the Mumbai Police has chosen Mahindra Bolero as its lead patrolling vehicle, speaks volumes of the reliability of this vehicle.
Launch History of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero GLX was launched in the year 2001 in India and this model was the first of the Mahindra Boleroseries to be launched in India. Mahindra & Mahindra Company, India made sure that this model would satisfy the growing needs of the Indian car buyers. The launch of this model was intended to target a section of potential car buyers who wanted all the prominent 'utility vehicle' features to be incorporated in a single vehicle. Mahindra Bolero 2001 model was definitely a base platform for its future models that are presently driven on the India roads. The Bolero GLX model was well-amalgamated with utmost elegance, which contributed to its interior as well as the exterior styling and exhibited unmatched tensile strength and engine power. Other features incorporated in the Bolero GLX were the air conditioning system, central locking, power steering and power windows. In 2007, the Mahindra & Mahindra Company, India came up with an upgraded new model of Bolero, which exhibited a greater deal of comfort and enhanced technological upgradations. It was in the year 2008 that Mahindra & Mahindra Company came up with its brand new model the Mahindra Bolero VLX, which was powered by the sophisticated CRDe engine. Just a month later to the launch of the Bolero VLX model, the Bolero SLX was launched in October 2008.
Variants of Mahindra Bolero
New Mahindra Bolero is available in 6 different models, namely VLX CRDe, SLX 4WD, SLX 2WD SLE, DI and PLUS. The following table describes various vehicular specifications of all the Mahindra Bolero variants:
| Models || Vehicular Specifications |
| Bolero VLX CRDe || Engine Type: 2.49L CRDe EnginePower: 97 HP at 3800 rpmTorque: 255 Nm at 1800 to 2200 rpmSeating Type: Premium dual tone fabric upholstery |
| Bolero SLX 4WD || Engine Type: XD3PUPower: 68 hp at 4000 rpmTorque: 137.5 Nm at 2000 to 2500 rpmSeating type: Two tone fabric |
| Bolero SLX 2WD || Engine Type: 2523cc DI Turbo DieselPower: 63 hp at 3200 rpmTorque: 180 Nm at 1440 to 1500 rpmSuspension: Front-Independent with coil spring & anti roll bar, Rear-Parabolic leaf springs |
| Bolero SLE || Engine Type: 2523cc DI Turbo DieselPower: 63 hp at 3200 rpmTorque: 180 Nm at 1440 to 1500 rpmWheelbase: 2680 mmTurning Radius: 5.4 mSeating Type: Fabric Upholstery |
| Bolero DI || Engine Type: 2523cc DI Turbo DieselPower: 63 hp at 3200 rpmTorque: 180 Nm at 1440 to 1500 rpmWheelbase: 2794 mmSuspension: Rigid leaf spring in front & rearTurning Radius: 5.9 m |
| Bolero PLUS || Engine Type: 2523cc DI Turbo DieselPower: 63 hp at 3200 rpmTorque: 180 Nm at 1440 to 1500 rpmSuspension: Front - Independent with coil spring & anti roll bar, Rear- Parabolic leaf springsHeadlamp Type: Clear lens headlampsGear Box: NGT 520, 5 Speed All Synchromesh with overdrive in 5th Gear |
Pricing of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero price varies from Rs.5.4 lacs for its base model to Rs.8 lacs for its top model. Bolero VLX, which is fitted with the power oriented CRDe engine, is priced between Rs.7.9 lacs to Rs.8 lacs. Mahindra Bolero PLUS is priced between Rs. 5.42 lacs and Rs. 5.44 lacs. On the other hand, Mahindra Bolero SLX model is categorised under two versions namely the 4WD model and 2WD model with each version featuring a different engine specification. Bolero SLX 4WD is available between the price range of Rs.7.22 lacs and Rs.7.24 lacs, whereas Mahindra Bolero SLX 2WD comes between the range of Rs.7.16 lacs and Rs.7.18 lacs. Mahindra Bolero SLE is priced between the range of Rs.6.70 lacs and Rs.6.72 lacs and the DI model of Mahindra Bolero is priced between Rs.5.57 lacs to Rs.5.62 lacs.
Review of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero is one of those vehicles, which has undergone a great deal of upgradation from the time it is launched. There is no doubt that Bolero has set numerous industrial standards for utility vehicles (UV) in India. In late 90's there was a general perception about utility vehicles that these vehicles are deemed to have robust body and project a great deal of engine power. The launch of Bolero has changed such perceptions about the utility vehicles in India. Mahindra Bolero is not only synonym for ruggedness and toughness, but also features other aspects of an ideal utility vehicle such as comfort and convenience. New Mahindra Bolero, which is available in six different models in India, has a wide range of features incorporated to it. The models of the Mahindra Bolero are VLX CRDe, SLX 4WD, SLX 2WD, SLE, DI and the PLUS. Special features exhibited by these models range from the Voice Assist System in VLX to the Micro-Hybrid technology incorporated in the SLX model. The performance centric Direct Injection engine (DI) and the CRDe has proved its credibility in India and elsewhere. Mahindra Bolero features comfortable interiors such as the armrest in the middle row and bottle holder with the magazine holders. Such minute details have been given due consideration that makes this model a perfect UV to be owned.
Used Car Market of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra & Mahindra Company has its organised source called Mahindra First Choice Wheels, from which it sells old and used vehicles. Mahindra First Choice is a multi-brand source from where used vehicles of various automobile manufacturers can be purchased. Purchasing Mahindra Bolero from Mahindra First Choice Wheels ensures that the car is equipped with genuine parts. All the pre-owned cars are passed through a rigorous quality check before being sold.
Specifications of Mahindra Boleros
Mahindra Bolero is a powerful vehicle, which is incorporated with an engine that delivers extraordinary performance.Bolero has six prominent models, all of which are powered by diesel engine. This performance oriented vehicle is not available in its petrol version. Bolero VLX CRDe is incorporated with the latest 2.49 litres CRDe engine, which delivers a maximum power of 71.5 kW and is known to have delivered a maximum torque of 255 Nm at a 2200 rpm. The VLX model functions on the synchromesh type gear transmission, which is usually incorporated in heavy vehicles to make sure that the gear box functions smoothly. The model also features power steering, which helps in taking sharp turns while driving. Integrated with disc brakes on its front wheel and drum brakes in its rear wheel, theBolero is also incorporated with the LSPV braking system. The LSPV braking system increases the performance of the rear brakes providing a hassle free driving experience. Bolero SLX has different engine variants for its 4 wheel drive model and its 2 wheel drive model. New Bolero SLX 4WD runs on a powerful XD3PU engine, whereas the 2 WD model is packed with a 2523cc DI Turbo diesel engine. The 4 wheel drive version of SLX delivers a full throttle engine power of 68 hp at 4000 rpm. On contrary, the SLX 2WD delivers power of 63 hp at 3200 rpm. The maximum torque output of the 4WD is 137.5 Nm at 2500 rpm, whereas torque output of SLX 2WD is 180 Nm at 1500 rpm. Bolero SLE is fitted with a durable 2523cc DI turbo diesel engine, which provides a maximum power output of 63 hp at 3200 rpm and a maximum torque of 180 Nm at 1500 rpm. This model has a ground clearance of 180 mm and wheelbase of 2680 mm. The front suspension is incorporated with anti roll bar and coil spring, which increases the performance of the shock absorbers and brakes. The rear suspension is the parabolic leaf springs. Other specifications of these variants are as follows:
| Model || Criteria and Measurements |
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| Bolero SLX || Length: 4056 mm Width: 1660 mm Height: 1880 mm |
| Bolero SLE || Length: 4056 mm Width : 1660 mm Height: 1880 mm |
| Bolero DI || Length: 4170 mm Width: 1660 mm Height: 1880 mm |
| Bolero PLUS || Length: 4440 mm Width: 1660 mm Height: 1977 mm |
Exteriors of Mahindra Bolero
The exteriors of all the Mahindra Bolero models impose an extraordinary robust look. The vehicle looks huge and is incorporated with many style oriented enhancements that provide an image of heavy vehicle. The car exteriors look extremely sophisticated and are known to be unique in its features. The grilles of the Bolero model gives it a unique muscular look from the front and the round edged bumper further adds on to the smooth features of the car. Exterior Measurement Mahindra Bolero has similar dimensional measurements for Bolero SLE and Bolero SLX. The length of theseBolero models is 4260 mm and the width is 1660 mm. Height of the Bolero SLE and Bolero SLX is 1880 mm. The vehicle supposedly has ample of space in it and can easily accommodate 6 to 7 individuals at one go. On the other hand, length of Bolero DI is 4170 mm, width is 1660 mm and height is 1880 mm. Dimensionally, Bolero PLUS is 4440 mm, 1660 mm and 1977 mm.
Interiors of Mahindra Bolero
Although Mahindra Bolero has spectacular exteriors that add on to its extraordinary looks, the interiors of the Boleroare one aspect the Mahindra Company still has to work upon. Nevertheless, the dashboard of the Bolero is convenient and huge with extra storage place in the glove box. The gear knob is dual toned and can be easily griped further enhancing the gear shift. The overall interiors still needs a couple of facelift that would definitely improve the looks of the Mahindra Bolero from the inside. Interior Comfort In terms of comfort, the Bolero is said to render a decent deal. The seats are designed to provide an ideal driving position that enables the driver to get a perfect view of the road from inside. The Bolero has an image of delivering utmost durability and comfort to its user if not sleek interior features of a Limousine or a Ferrari. The latest and sophisticated suspension system of this model is designed to deliver a bump free ride even on rough Indian roads. All the models of Mahindra Bolero are available with air conditioning system. Interior Measurements From the inside, the first thing in Mahindra Bolero that strikes the mind is the huge space the vehicle commands. There is an ample of headroom and legroom that lets passenger to experience the basic comfort level expected from a utility vehicle like that of Mahindra Bolero. Front seats and the rear seats are huge and give utmost comfort to its passengers. The boot space is one area of this vehicle, which is the most spacious and thus is an extra added advantage, in terms of convenience.
Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy of Mahindra Bolero
Bolero is known for delivering mileage of 14 kmpl on highways and 10 kmpl on city roads. Taking into consideration the fact that New Mahindra Bolero in India is a vehicle possessing extraordinary engine power, the high fuel consumption is obvious and totally acceptable. New Bolero car is said to have a fuel tank of 60 litres capacity. Considering the fact that this vehicle provides an extraordinary driving experience on all terrains, the fuel efficiency of this model is justified.
On Road Drive of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero has all the features that must be incorporated in an ideal utility vehicle. The seats of Bolero are designed in such a way that the driving position for the driver would be perfect. Driver gets a perfect view through the windscreen, which is very crucial while driving a huge UV like Mahindra Bolero. The latest micro-hybrid technology incorporated in this vehicle makes sure that it consumes less fuel and delivers excellent output in terms of fuel efficiency. The sophisticated transmission system of Bolero makes sure that the power from engine to other auto parts is transferred speedily further enhancing the overall performance of the vehicle. Noise-reducing, refined NVH package eliminates the cabin noise providing a brilliant driving experience. The durable suspension reduces the cabin vibrations and creates negligible jerks when driven upon potholes.
Power of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero is said to be heavily loaded with the performance oriented engine, which delivers an outstanding engine displacement of 2523cc. Bolero SLX 4 wheel drive, which is powered by XD3PU engine, generates maximum power of 68 bhp at 4000 rpm. The Bolero SLX 2WD and the SLE model both have a engine capacity of 2523cc and deliver a power output of 63 bhp at 3200 rpm, which is highly impressive in terms of power generated by this huge vehicle.
Acceleration and Pick Up of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero is known for its steady acceleration and generally performs well when driven in the hilly areas. This model is also preferred by it buyers as it has phenomenal capabilities when it comes long drives. Although the car is said to vibrate a little when driven on highways the overall driving experience is pretty smooth. Mahindra engine has a capability of delivering a top speed of 125 kmph, which speaks volumes about the acceleration of this heavy vehicle. Bolero’s acceleration is at the utmost on the 3rd gear shift providing an extra push to its throttle for better pick up.
Safety and Security of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero is not one of those car models of the Mahindra & Mahindra Company, which is loaded and packed with that many safety and security features. Starting with the safety features, the Bolero is incorporated with fog lamps in both of its SLX 4WD and 2WD drive models. Apart from this, the other prominent safety feature in the Bolero SLX is the 3 rear seat belts provided for passenger safety. Both the VLX and the SLX model are integrated with the remote locking system, which is said to have a major technical flaw. It is not an audible locking system, although the lights blink, while locking the Bolero with its remote locking system, the alert beep is not audible.
Comfort and Convenience of Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero is a huge vehicle with overwhelming capacity of engine as well as maximum load carriage. The sophisticated suspension of this model delivers a bump free ride on the rough Indian roads. These suspensions are designed to give a smooth ride when driven upon minor pothole, which is common on Indian roads. Bolero SLX comes with the air conditioning system and power windows that add to the convenience features of this model. The seat has to be manually adjusted in all the models of the Mahindra Bolero. The Bolero SLX comes with the Kenwood MP3 music system, which is known to have convenient controls.
Wheels of Mahindra Bolero
All the models of new Mahindra Bolero, except Bolero PLUS, are incorporated with the 215 / 75 R 15 tyre. However, alloy wheels can be fitted if desired making it an optional feature. Bolero LX CRDe comes with radial tyres, whileBolero PLUS comes with 185 / 75 R 15 tyres.