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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.

Exteriors

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.

Interiors

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.

Safety

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.

Powertrain

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