Pros & Cons
Things We Like
- Roomy Cabin
- Frugal Diesel Engine
Things We Don't Like
- Bouncy Ride Quality
- No Automatic Transmission
- Misses Out On Basic Features
Bolero Neo Variants
Mahindra Bolero Neo Features & Specifications
Mahindra & Mahindra has expanded the Bolero family with the addition of the new Bolero Neo that recently went on sale. The new seven-seater SUV is essentially the facelifted version of the TUV300 but gets cosmetic tweaks, feature additions and a new moniker. The Bolero Neo is also aimed at a more evolved buyer who wants the ruggedness of the Bolero, albeit with more creature comforts. Here’s all you need to know about the Mahindra Bolero Neo.
The Mahindra Bolero Neo looks identical to the TUV300 in profile but changes are aplenty to the front and rear of the SUV. It is built on the third-generation ladder-on-frame chassis shared with the Scorpio and the Thar. Visual tweaks include the reprofiled headlamps with static bending highlights and DRLs, The chrome grille gets vertical slats, bringing the model in line with the Bolero family, while the bumper has been reworked for the new fog lamp housing and a wider air intake. The Bolero Neo also features signature Bolero body cladding, new alloy wheels, a sporty rear spoiler and an X-themed spare wheel cover.
The Mahindra Bolero Neo is available in six colours - Rocky Beige, Majestic Silver, Highway Red, Pearl White, Diamond White, and Napoli Black. Mahindra will introduce Royal Gold as the seventh colour option soon.
The cabin on the Bolero Neo has seen significant updates over the TUV300. The big change is the premium-looking twin-pod instrument cluster with a MID in the centre. There’s also a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with silver accents on the centre console. The seats are upholstered in premium fabric and it offers an armrest for the front and second-row seats. The model also gets a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear power windows, remote lock and keyless entry. The model also comes with two jump seats at the rear that can be folded to make way for cargo space.
Power on the Mahindra Bolero Neo comes from the 1.5-litre mHawk100 diesel engine that develops 100 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 260 Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Power is sent to the rear wheels on the N4, N8 and N10 variants, while there’s also the N10 (O) that will come with the Multi-Terrain Technology (MTT). There’s also a limited-slip differential (LSD) that sends power to either rear wheel that helps the SUV tackle broken terrain with ease. There’s also the ESS (micro-hybrid) and ECO mode claim to deliver better fuel efficiency. Mahindra claims a fuel economy figure of 17.28 kmpl.
The new Bolero Neo is built with high strength steel and also comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, automatic door locks, high-speed warning, cornering brake control and more. The higher variants also get ISOFIX child seat anchor mounts, follow me home headlamps, seatbelt reminder, and digital immobiliser.
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- 17.29KM/L69%Better mileage than other SUV
- Fuel TypeTransmissionMileageDieselManual17.3 KM/L
Mahindra Bolero Neo Colors
Mahindra Bolero Neo : Pearl WhiteAvailable for all variants.
Mahindra Bolero Neo : Highway RedAvailable for all variants.
Mahindra Bolero Neo : Napoli BlackAvailable for all variants.
Mahindra Bolero Neo
Price in India
Mahindra Bolero Neo
Price in India
Mahindra Bolero Neo
The Mahindra Bolero Neo is a revamped version of the TUV300 and has become quite popular in the segment as well. Mahindra has rebranded the TUV300 in order to give it some sheen associated with the Bolero name in terms of sales figures.
How is the Design?
The Bolero Neo looks the part with the boxy feel of the TUV300, although the body shell has been lowered and integrated into the ladder-frame chassis for reducing ride height. The bonnet is positioned lower than earlier. The Bolero Neo has a slightly different stance, with a tinier gap in the wheel arches alongside. The ground clearance figures remain the same. The Neo has a sleeker and more modern design as compared to the regular Bolero SUV. The front grille and front bumper are key design elements along with the shoulder cladding in black and the round-shaped fog lamps. The look is more attractive this time around, although the 15-inch wheels seem slightly smaller for the SUV, considering its size. The tail lamps get a red tint this time and there is also a roof-mounted spoiler along with rear parking sensors. The spare wheel also remains from the earlier version.
How does it perform?
|Diesel||1.5 litre||98 BHP||260 Nm|
The engine is the three-cylinder 1.5 litre diesel powerhouse, although the tune state is now higher than before. The electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger is also new, with more torque than before as well. The engine has a grunt at the low-end while there is sufficient torque at the mid-range as well. The engine sound, however, scales up with the higher revving range as well. You will, however, miss an automatic transmission system while driving the Bolero Neo in congested traffic city traffic, due to its heavy clutch. The maximum torque band covers around 1750-2250 RPM. The engine is refined and smooth while the performance is higher in the low-end and is fused with shorter gear ratios. It is also extremely responsive. Power delivery is absolutely liner, and the engine will pull smoothly from idling-level RPMs with no effort. If revved beyond the 3500 RPM mark, there is not much power to be garnered.
How’s the mileage?
The Bolero Neo offers great mileage of approximately 15 kmpl while it can cruise comfortably at higher speeds as well.
How’s the driving experience?
The Bolero Neo makes use of a tough body and offers reasonable ride and handling as well. The MLD engages at lower traction levels or stickier scenarios, whenever it finds rear wheels with faster spinning ratios as compared to the others, thereby locking wheels and shifting power to the wheel with higher traction. This enhances overall road grip of the Bolero Neo at crawling and lower speeds as well. There is, however, a metallic note of the MLD setup while it locks up the spinning wheel and this may surprise some drivers as well.
What’s the interior like?
The Bolero Neo has the same layout and cabin as the TUV300. The dashboard has a black and beige dual-tone theme with a 7-inch touch screen infotainment unit. The seats have new fabric material while there is a reverse camera as well. The Neo has chair-like seats in front, with longer seat squabs and individual driver-passenger armrests alongside. The seating position is commanding enough, although the rear passenger bench is on the flatter side, while it can accommodate three people in reasonable comfort. The seat cushioning is firmer now. The reclining angle is similar to the regular Bolero with a central armrest. The knee room and legroom are decent while the headroom is excellent. This has happened due to the efforts made to skip the side-facing rear jump seats.
The last row has limited space for adults and the same story holds true for both head room and shoulder room. There is no seat belt while there are windows and a seat pocket only.
Tech and infotainment
The top-end trim comes with features like a 7-inch touch screen infotainment unit, rear washer/wiper, cruise control, and remote-key electric. There is also no automatic climate control, electric folding mirrors, projector headlamps, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and reverse camera.
The top-end variant has dual airbags, corner braking control, ABS with EBD, seat belt warning, child seat anchorages, child locks, over-speed warning, and speed-sending door locks.
Which variant to buy?
The Bolero Neo N4 is cheaper and offers greater value for money, with good features such as engine start/stop, four power windows, air conditioning, Eco driving mode, safety features, a power outlet and rear parking sensors. The N8 is costlier and gets the 2-DIN audio system, some connectivity features, remote-key central locking, rear wiper/washer, wheel covers, and some other additions.
The N10 variant is costly but well-equipped with the touch screen, DRLs, cornering lights, cruise control, and more. The N10 (O) variant is the one to buy if price is no object.
Which cars compete in the segment?
The Mahindra Bolero Neo falls short of the competition, which includes its own sibling, the Mahindra XUV300, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, and the Ford EcoSport, along with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The Bolero Neo comes without many essential features and the entry-level diesel of the Kia Sonet is slightly more affordable. The Bolero Neo is almost at par with the Tata Nexon. There are other competitors, including the Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite.
Verdict (Value for Money)
The Mahindra Bolero Neo is rugged and can take on bad roads with aplomb. It does not get several features while coming with decent interior space and seating capacity. However, the last row is cramped and there is only one diesel engine option. The styling is not as contemporary, although it does get decent go-anywhere abilities with its MLD and other features. The overall pricing is.