Bookings for the Mahindra Bolero Neo surpasses the 5,500 mark. The sub-4-metre SUV was launched a month ago in three variants to choose from, with prices starting from Rs 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Mahindra Bolero Neo was launched in India last month for Rs 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom). Within a month of its debut, the sub-4-metre SUV has garnered over 5,500 bookings. The new Bolero Neo has been positioned as the successor to the Mahindra TUV300 and retails for a price lower than the price of the standard Mahindra Bolero which is priced from Rs 8.62 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Bolero Neo is offered in three variants – N4, N8 and N10. The new SUV misses out on the advantage of a 4x4 drivetrain, however, Mahindra offers an automatic mechanical differential lock in the highest N10 variant. The addition of a diff-lock will be beneficial in rough or slippery terrain situations.
The engine is the same 1.5-litre unit that was offered in the predecessor TUV300, but this time the diesel mill adheres to the BS6 emission norms. The power output is marked at 98bhp and torque up by 20Nm, peaking at 260Nm. For now, the Bolero Neo is sold with a five-speed manual, and an automatic (AMT) is expected early next year.
The Bolero Neo is based on an all-new platform. An iteration of the third-gen Scorpio’s ladder frame chassis now underpins the new Bolero Neo. This allows the Mahindra to continue with the rear-wheel-drive layout that was earlier observed on the Quanto, NuvoSport, and the TUV300.
This makes the new Bolero Neo, the only SUV to offer a rear-wheel-drive layout within the segment. The pricing of the Bolero Neo positions itself alongside the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger, which are all sub-4-metre SUVs based on a monocoque chassis with a front-wheel-drive layout.