The launch of the XUV700 is right around the corner but Mahindra has other plans to distract us. The company has teased the Bolero Neo, which is essentially a successor to the TUV300
Mahindra has teased the new Bolero Neo. The upcoming sub-compact SUV is essentially a facelift Mahindra TUV300 that has been rebadged as the ‘Bolero Neo’. The bookings are expected to commence by the end of this week. Mahindra has already listed the Bolero Neo on its website.
Does that mean it is the end of the road for the sub-4-metre TUV300? There is no confirmation from Mahindra yet. But from the teaser, we reckon the TUV300 will continue with the Bolero Neo name tag since the TUV300 has not sent the light of day in the BS6 era.
The Bolero Neo is expected with the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel motor, but this time, in a state of tune that adheres to the BS6 emission norms. The power figures are expected to be close to 100bhp and close to 240Nm of torque. The gearbox on offer could be the same five-speed unit – carried forward from the TUV300 – and the automatic variants could come equipped with an AMT gearbox.
The changes on the exterior include a new vertically slatted chrome grille. The headlamp assembly sports a new design with new LED DRL inserts. The bumpers have been redesigned as well. The teaser image also shows newly designed five-spoke alloy wheels.
Inside, the Bolero Neo gets a new instrument cluster, that is borrowed from the new Mahindra Thar. The infotainment system is expected to be updated as well. The teaser also gave a glimpse of the beige upholstery.
The launch is expected by the end of this month, and the new Bolero Neo will be positioned above the Mahindra Bolero and below the XUV300. Expect the pricing between Rs 8.5-11 lakh (ex-showroom). The rivals are Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger.