The Mahindra Bolero is truly a workhorse in India. There are so many of these utility vehicles (UVs) on our roads that it is nigh-on impossible to get away from them. For Mahindra, the Bolero is an absolute cash cow – bringing in much of its profits each month. Despite various hurdles and lockdowns, the homegrown automaker sold 6,152 units of the Bolero in India in April 2021. For better context, the total sales for the company last month amounted to just over 18,200 units. This means that the Bolero single-handedly accounted for over a third of Mahindra’s total sales in April. The next best-selling model that month from Mahindra was the XUV300 (totaling 4,144 units).
There are three trim levels of the Bolero on sale – the entry-level B4, mid-spec B6, and the range-topping B6 (Optional). After the recent hike in its prices, the Bolero has become costlier by up to Rs 26,000, depending on the trim you choose. Therefore, the current prices of this Mahindra UV range from Rs 8.40 Lakh to Rs 9.39 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). While the hike might come as a sticky point for some, it is highly unlikely that it will have any real effect on the sales of Mahindra’s top sales performer. Mahindra has been dealing with higher input costs over the past several months, prompting the company to pump up even the prices of its most profitable vehicle.
For the most part, buyers of the Mahindra Bolero don’t buy it because it looks fashionable or modern. With this UV, it is all about function over form, and that shows in the design approach as well. The Bolero’s exterior primarily comprises straight lines and blunt edges, while the high-set flat roof opens up loads of space in the cabin. However, Mahindra has tried to spruce up a few things on the outside to make the Bolero seem at least a little modern. For example, the recent facelift has given the Bolero revised headlamps (with static bending lights), a beefier front bumper with new fog lamps, and more pronounced wheel arches. The rest of the exterior, though, continues to be the same as before.
The Mahindra Bolero might look big and imposing, but in reality, it only measures 3,995mm in length. It is not as wide as it appears to be either, coming in at 1,745mm across. However, this is quite a tall vehicle since it stands an impressive 1,880mm at the roof. And while it can seat seven, the Bolero’s 2,680mm wheelbase isn’t as generous as seen in some proper three-row SUVs. Then again, with a sub-4-meter body, there is not much that engineers can do to free up space inside. As you can imagine, the interior of the Mahindra Bolero is neither designed to look upscale nor does it have much in the way of up-to-date features.
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The Bolero’s equipment list consists of keyless entry, power steering, power windows, a manually-operated HVAC system, a 12-volt charging socket, an audio system with AUX, USB & Bluetooth support, and a small multi-information display for the driver. Even the safety features of the Bolero are sparse. It only gets a driver-side airbag, ABS, and rear parking sensors as the primary protection blanket for its occupants. Under the hood, the Mahindra Bolero comes with the mHawk75 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine that makes 75hp and 210Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the three-cylinder mill is only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.