Mahindra Bolero Review
Best Selling UV in IndiaMonday, November 18, 2013
Mahindra has come a long way ever since the first of their creations came into picture in 1947. From the beginning, Mahindra was oriented towards utility vehicles and therefore made it their prime motive to stand up amongst all other car-makers. In the present day and age, Mahindra has set a benchmark for its counterparts in the Indian automobile industry and proudly leads the battalion of utility vehicles with Bolero being highlighted as their flagship vehicle. Mahindra made most of its cars for off-road purposes and Bolero was one of their first trump-cards. Mahindra Bolero is the number one and most selling utility vehicle in India. Mahindra & Mahindra has given minor face-lift to Bolero and launched the new model in Indian market. The base model of New Bolero is priced at Rs. 6.19 lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi). The new model gets revised front bumper and grille with chrome inserts. The interiors of new model of Bolero are also new with digital instrument cluster, leather wrapped steering wheel, new design for seat upholstery, new steering wheel design and new gear knob. With the launch of new model Mahindra has introduced a new model - ZLX. New Bolero is powered by the new 2.5 litre m2DiCR diesel engine which generates maximum power of 62 bhp with maximum torque of 195 nm.
With the arrival of the new version of Bolero, there are a wide range of features which can be called new in case if we are referring to the exterior look of the car. Let us start with the front fascia. New hawk-eye shaped headlights, bumpers and grille add to the zest of the car. This time Mahindra has opted for a new touch and thus have added graphics to the outline of the car in order to give it a better SUV feeling. It is being said that the body of Bolero is in par with the body of Land Rover vehicles which clearly speaks of the durability of the car structure. Mahindra logo has been placed gently on the upper side of the grille towards the centre. Coming to the side-profile, steps have been installed to the car both for the front as well as rear passengers. Coming to the rear part of the vehicle, the spare tire cover design has been changed and the new one seems sportier than the predecessor model. On top of that, Mahindra has provided rear wipers as well in order to make sure that the car can easily tread through any weather. Thus, when it comes to exteriors, new Mahindra Bolero definitely deserves our praises.
There are a plethora of changes that can be seen once we enter into the cabin of the new revamped Bolero. The new Mahindra Bolero ZLX has keyless entry feature and the cabin is much more stylish as well as luxurious than the previous models of Bolero. The doors of the new Bolero open at a wider angle in order to make more space for the passenger to enter the vehicle comfortably. The dashboard of ZLX is quite informative with a range of readings shown on the panel. The seats are a bit elevated in order to give the driver a better feel of the road and as per that, the height of the steering wheel has been taken into account. The central control has been blessed with wooden finishing and two AC vents have been placed on adjacent sides of the central console. The distance between the dashboard and the driver’s seat has been considered and thus the placement of the dashboard makes it convenient for the driver to operate the controls given on the dashboard. Besides the steering wheel, we will see the instrument cluster which has been strategically positioned in the best interests of the driver. Almost all of the display modes in the new model of Bolero are digital rather than analogue which gives a more modern feeling inside the cabin than before. Coming to passenger space part, three rows of seats have been fitted including the front row. New Bolero can accommodate 7 people comfortably and the rear seats have arm rests for the passengers. New features include: All-new leather wrapped steering wheel, New gear-shift knob, All-new digital instrument cluster, New beige coloured interiors, Wood finish for the central console, New design for AC vents, Dual tone seats, with better cushioning, Voice messaging system with voice warning for seat belts and hand brake, Mobile charging facility and Remote central locking system.
Engine and Gearbox
Mahindra Bolero might be having a wide range of models but there are basically two engine variants which power all of these models. One of them is a 2.5L 2523cc DI Turbo Diesel engine which has the capability of churning out a maximum power of 63 Bhp at 3200 rpm along with a peak torque of 180 Nm at 1440-1500 rpm. There are primarily four models of Bolero which have this engine. The other engine is a 2523cc 2.5L m2DiCR configuration which has the capability to give out a maximum power of 62 Bhp. It can give out the maximum torque of 195 Nm at 1500 rpm. Coming to the transmission part, all of the variants of Bolero boast of a 5-speed, NGT 520, overdrive synchromesh transmission which assists the performance of the vehicle to great limits. Micro-hybrid system ensures that the engine is switched off whenever it is idle for at least 5 seconds. This helps in saving lots of fuel.
There are a wide range of safety features which can be found in the new Bolero including child lock, engine immobilizer, rear wiper and wash, Bulkier bumpers, etc. An encrypted key recognition system has been added to the features of new Bolero and the prime function for the same is that it ensures that only the original key is used to unlock the car. Extra cushions have been generously fitted to the front seats as well as rear seats in order to safeguard the passengers against any injuries to their head.
The new Mahindra Bolero ZLX gives out a mileage of 15.96 Km/L on highways and 12 Km/L in the city. A lot of new features have been installed by Mahindra for the sole purpose of making this car as one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.
Both Mahindra Bolero SLX and ZLX have been equipped with a MP3/CD player music system which comes factory-fitted with the car. The ORVMs of both of these models of Bolero bear the same colour as well. Even the spare wheel cover as well as the finishing of wood on the central console is same.
Mahindra Bolero is available in three variants: SLE, SLX, and ZLX (new variant introduced). Bolero is also available in Di and Plus variants, which are powered by same old diesel engine.
Mahindra Bolero is available in five shades: Diamond White, Fiery Black, Rocky Beige, Toreador Red and Java Brown.
Altogether, Mahindra Bolero ZLX fares well in its class when it comes to exteriors, interiors, performance and mileage. Though it is unfortunate that airbags as well as ABS are missing from the safety features included in the car.