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9-Seater Mahindra Bolero Neo+ Launched!

Mahindra has launched the Bolero Neo+ starting at Rs 11.39 Lakh. The Bolero Neo+ is available in two different trim levels, P4 and P10, with P10 being the top variant priced at Rs 12.49 Lakh (ex-showroom). The "plus" signifies increased length, translating to more space, more seats, and more power (details coming up).

For those familiar with Mahindra's offerings, this isn't the first foray into 9-seater ladder frame SUVs. Emission regulations forced the discontinuation of the first model, and Mahindra believes the not-so-successful nameplate also impacted sales. The reason why Mahindra TUV300+ became the new Bolero Neo+. Now the brand claims that Bolero Neo is a successful product line. Besides,  another rendition caters to the hospitals with dedicated Ambulance variant.  Currently, the Bolero Neo+ faces only one direct competitor, the Force Citiline. However, it might also attract Mahindra customers seeking a rugged and affordable option within the brand itself.


The SUV retains the 2680 mm wheelbase, but the rear overhang has been extended. To be precise, it's 4400 mm long, exceeding 4 meters and losing out on sub-4-meter tax benefits. Design-wise, it resembles the Bolero Neo with minor updates to fog lamps, rear tyre cover, bumpers, and 16-inch alloy wheels. As a simple and functional design, the SUV comes in just three colour options: Silver, White, and Black.


While Mahindra calls it a premium Italian design, it remains largely unchanged from the TUV300+ days.  Although the infotainment screen is 9 in inches other than 9 in seat configuration. To accommodate nine passengers, the Neo+ utilizes side-facing jump seats in the third row. These last two seats (2+2) have a side-opening tailgate for easy entry and exit. Additional features include power windows for all four doors, electrically adjustable ORVMs, a height-adjustable driver's seat, 6 speakers, Bluetooth, USB, Aux connectivity, and steering-mounted controls. Android Auto compatibility would have been a welcome addition.


On the safety front, the Mahindra Bolero Neo+ is equipped with ABS with EBD, dual airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, engine immobilizer, and automatic door locks. Neither the Neo nor the Bolero has a crash test safety rating, but the SUV's robust ladder frame construction inspires too much sense of security in many users.


The Bolero Neo+ gets a new heart, replacing the 1.5L four-cylinder mHawk 100 diesel engine. Recognizing the need for a more powerful engine due to the longer proportions and increased passenger capacity, Mahindra has borrowed the 2.2L four-cylinder mHawk diesel engine from the Scorpio lineup. This engine, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, produces 120hp and 280Nm, representing a 20-unit increase in both horsepower and torque. However, unlike the sub-4-meter Bolero Neo, the Neo+ cannot be opted with a center-locking differential.

TopGear Magazine May 2024