Mahindra Bolero Power Plus Highlights
Mahindra Bolero has launched its new sub-four-meter variant – the Bolero Power Plus. It has been introduced with an aim to take advantage of the lower excise duty bracket for cars with under four-meter length. The car is powered by the 1.5-liter mHawk three-cylinder diesel engine, which is also present in the TUV300 and NuvoSport. The length of the regular Bolero is 4,107mm. It has been reduced to 3,995mm. Mahindra Bolero has been the leader of the utility market of the country since 2007, but its sales have started to dip now, especially due to the changing requirements. To overcome this dip in sales, the brand launched Mahindra Bolero Plus.
The cabin of Bolero Plus hasn’t received any significant changes over the existing Bolero. The hard grainy plastics, fit, finish and quality of the equipment is just like the old car. The large windows and thin pillars, however, give a good outside view. The beige interiors also give a fresh look to the cabin. The ZLX version also comes with features like an air-conditioner, music system with AUX and USB and central locking with remote.
The car is powered by the 1.5-liter three-cylinder ‘mHawk D70’ turbodiesel engine. The engine produces a maximum power of 70bhp, which is 7bhp more than the old Bolero. This peak power is available at 3,600rpm, with 195Nm of peak torque between 1,400-2,200 rpm. It comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The gear stick of the car is quite long, but it doesn't make it difficult to work with gears. The clutch is light, which makes city driving easy. The engine is refined and responsive as well. Mahindra Bolero Plus comes with well-insulated the cabin and low engine and tyre noise.
Bolero is popular for being used on unknown terrains. The Bolero gets independent suspension with coil springs in the front, while the rear is equipped with a leaf spring arrangement. The car comes with a good ground clearance of 180mm. The steering, however, feels vague while taking bends, slowing down at every corner. The brakes also lack ABS, and the driver has to plan his moves to stop the vehicle on time.