Expert Review of Mahindra Bolero
One of the most popular SUV in India, the Mahindra Bolero, is going to re launch its new model named Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII. This follows up the same series of off road vehicles that Mahindra & Mahindra follow with their cars. Mahindra Bolero is the number one and the most selling utility vehicle in India. The company has given minor face-lift to this SUV and launched the new model in the Indian market. This SUV had received certain upgrades recently and now gets more aggressive and dominant. Many modern features such as the DIS refreshed digital cluster, engine immobilizer, and rear wash and wiper along with an upgraded interior look and other safety features define the car.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII offers a mileage of 9.2kmpl on the city roads and 13.6kmpl on the highways. These figures are quite decent and tolerable because it is an off road vehicle and possesses a lot of horsepower.
Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII is available in five beautiful colors, which fully appreciates the look of the SUV. The colors are Diamond White, Fiery Black, Rocky Beige, Toreador Red, and Java Brown.
Acceleration and Pick up
The Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII comes with 5-speed manual transmission that can accelerate from 0 – 100kmph mark in about 30.3seconds. As for the top speed, it has a top speed of around 120kmph (not certified) mark. There is a little body roll in the Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII even when it’s a full house in the cabin.
Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII still carries its old masculine, sturdy and angular body but yet again, these are considerable changes that make it fit to call it the New Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII. The Mahindra & Mahindra logo looks stunning than ever on the nose of the SUV. The front grille of the SUV adds a bit of aggression to the face of the SUV. The headlamps get more prominent in-built turn indicators, which does jazz things up. And the front grille nearly pops out due to the chrome work done on it. The front appearance looks sleek and in sync with the rest of the visage. The cover available in the SUV is now very stylish half cover that makes the Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII a little more apt for the crowd of the city. The rear defogger is however absent with this model. The license plate has been shifted to the right side that is a little different from the predecessors and makes the car stand out from others. The external finish gives the Bolero an improved look and character that makes it fit well in the urban milieu.
Inside, the Mahindra Bolero Plus BSIII is offered with ultra modern styling and impressive features. The interior highlights include the premium two-tone upholstery with plush fabric and vinyl seats. The stylish dashboard and ergonomic steering wheel are a nice treat. The centre armrest offers optimum relaxation on long drives. The thoughtfully designed stylish wooden console has a premium look and classy AC vents to ensure a pleasant atmosphere inside the Bolero. The new Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII can accommodate seven people very comfortably and the rear seats have arm rests for more convenience. Other bits of the dash are now smoother and curvy. The glove box is generous and the centre console, with two-cup holders going up to the handbrake shroud, is fairly well finished. The seats are pretty basic in terms of support zones but can nevertheless be called car-like. The legroom is not an issue in the first row and neither is the headroom, but the former does take a hit in the second row.
The exterior dimensions of Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII are as follows: The overall length, width and height measures out to be about 4440mm, 1660mm and 1977mm. The wheelbase for the SUV is about 2794mm, and gives the car a strong stance and road presence. The ground clearance for the vehicle is 195mm appropriate for the Indian roads and off roads.
The 2.6-litre 63BHP 16V DI Turbo diesel engine has a blend of direct injection fuel supply system present in the Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII. The engine has a swept volume of 2523cc and comes with 4 cylinders and, 4 valves each cylinder configuration. The maximum power offered by the engine is 63BHP at 3200RPM compiled with the maximum torque of 180Nm in the range between 1440-1500RPM. A turbocharger is also present in the car to enhance its performance and to increase its fuel efficiency.
Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII comes affixed with 16-inch steel wheels. The tyres are tubeless and radial ones with tyre type 185/75 R16. The tyres are able to get a better road grip and give the ultimate stance on the roads. Also, they provide a minimum ground clearance of about 195mm.
The Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII comes affixed with a front suspension system of independent MacPherson Strut with coil spring & anti roll bar suspensions. The rear suspension mechanism can take lot of hit with Parabolic Leaf Spring suspension system. Both the suspension systems are the best in their class to provide admirable comfort levels.
Handling and Control
The company offers a manual type of steering wheel with rack & pinion steering column, which is ultra responsive and is able to turn the vehicle with a sharp turning radius of 5.9m. The braking system of the car comprises of the conventional braking system found in most Mahindra vehicles. The front brakes are disc while for the rear drum brakes have been installed.
The exterior looks are striking, the most basic model have all the latest features, and good ample space for seven passengers.
The engine of Mahindra Bolero Plus AC BSIII is sluggish. The seats are not so much comfortable, music system is not up to the mark, and the car lacks many basic features.