India’s leading utility and sports utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra will launch the new-generation Bolero (Code-named U301) sometime during this year’s festive season. Though the company might announce its name or unveil it on July 30, 2015. The new-gen model is expected to be smaller than the current model, though it will be slightly more premium and will be positioned above the existing model. Just so you know, both the current Bolero and this mini-Bolero SUV will co-exist together, and the company will target semi-urban and rural areas with this. Since the vehicle is already on test, we know that it will be a sub-4 metre in length so to avail excise duty benefits given to the cars measuring below 4 metres.
It has been around 14 years since Bolero was first launched in India, though the vehicle never received any major improvements over the year. And luckily, this thing didn’t work against Mahindra and it still is the top-selling car in the company’s portfolio. In fact, the Bolero is the top-selling SUV in India, currently.
The spyshots reveal that the new Bolero will come in much more compact form than the outgoing model. Its interior also gets revamped. The spotted vehicle features a shorter front and rear overhangs, which allow it to come under 4 metre length. A longer version of the model will also be produced.
Also Read: List of Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
The Mini Bolero, Mahindra U301, will be powered by the Quanto’s 1.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. Moreover, the 2015 U301 Bolero will be based on a hydroformed ladder frame chassis which makes it considerably lighter than the current model. This will also make it more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. Transmission options on offer could be a 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox. If reports are to be believed, the company might launch this product in two configurations – 5-seater and 7-seater.
Mahindra Bolero 2015 (U301) compact SUV Engine & Transmission
Capacity & type – 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder diesel
Power – 100bhp
Torque – 240Nm
Mahindra Bolero 2015 (U301) compact SUVMileage (Expected) – Around 20kmpl
Mahindra Bolero 2015 (U301) compact SUV Price (Expected) – Rs. 6.50 lakh – Rs. 8.50 lakh
Mahindra Bolero 2015 (U301) compact SUV Launch Date/Time (Expected) – August/September, 2015
Image Courtesy: Autocar, Rendering By – CarToq