The Bolero Neo is the facelifted version of the previous TUV300, which was discontinued in April 2020 due to the transition from BS4 to BS6 norms. Bolero Neo has hit the Indian roads and is on sale alongside the Bolero as an updated and advanced features’ equipped alternative.
Under the skin:
In terms of engine and transmission, Mahindra offers the Bolero with a 1.5-litre, mHawk75 diesel engine that churns out 76PS of power and 210Nm torque, while under the hood of Bolero Neo is the 1.5-litre, mHawk100 diesel engine that produces 100PS of power and 260Nm torque. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Bolero Neo is based on the third generation Mahindra platform which underpins the likes of Scorpio and Thar.
Talking about the price, the Bolero Neo is clipped between Rs 8.48 lakh and 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India) while the Bolero is priced from Rs 8.63 lakh- Rs 9.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both Bolero and Bolero Neo are offered in three variants, but reportedly Mahindra will launch another top-end variant of Neo.
Who is bigger?
Dimensionally, both the models got the same-sized wheelbase and are of the same length, but Neo is wider while the standard Bolero is taller. Bolero Neo measures 3995mm in length, 1795mm in width and 1817mm in height, while the standard Bolero is 3995mm long, 1745mm wide and 1880mm tall.
Pick your preference:
Undoubtedly, Neo has more coming from TUV300 than Bolero. Bolero Neo highlights a premium look with the smoothed edges from the front, while the Bolero embodies a boxier shape. Both the models share some similarities in exterior appearances like the side body molding, clamshell bonnet and X-shaped front bumper.
Coming to the interior and cabin, Mahindra offers many features which lacks in standard Bolero. The Bolero Neo’s cabin features the premium Italian design crafted by Pininfarina. It gets dual dashboard, tiltable steering, height-adjustable driver seats and armrest in the front and middle rows.
The Neo also packs a 7.0-inch touchscreen with BlueSense connectivity pakage, LED daytime running lamps (top model), cruise control (top model), remote locking (top model), dual airbags, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, mechanical locking differential on the rear axle (top model), ABS and corner braking control (CBC).
On the other hand, standard Bolero offers only a driver airbag, ABS, and rear parking sensors.