The Mahindra Bolero Neo has finally been launched at a starting price of Rs 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new model has gone on sale in as many as 4 variants – N4, N8, N10 and N10(O). However, it’s worth mentioning here that the new model isn’t related to the original UV except for using the same moniker. Instead, Mahindra and Mahindra has come up with what can be called an updated version of the TUV300. This is, in fact, a good approach to give the not-so-popular TUV300 a fresh lease of life by not only updating it but also associating a more successful brand name with it with which people can connect better. But like we just said, the Bolero Neo has little to do with its namesake. So, how much does the new model differs from the highly successful UV it’s named after? We try to answer just that in our detailed Mahindra Bolero Neo vs TUV300 comparison here –
Well, the Mahindra TUV300 was never a beauty contest winner and the same is the case with the Bolero Neo. However, the carmaker has done enough to help the newly launched vehicle with its unique distinct identity. Overall, the TUV300’s design is retained but a remarkable difference is evident from the more stylish pair of sweptback headlamps that carry LED DRLs. Even the grille is new and looks a touch more premium while the bumper and the fog lamps have been given a redesign. In the side profile, the Neo looks a lot like the TUV300 but some difference arises out of a black stripe that runs between the front and the rear fenders and also from the new set of alloy wheels. The rear-end, again, is highly reminiscent of the TUV300 but now comes with the Bolero branding on the cover of the spare wheel. Finally, there’s a body cladding that runs around the vehicle to add to the rugged look. Overall, the Bolero Neo manages to look more upmarket than the TUV300 but the essence of the aesthetics of the original MUV remains all around the new launch.
As is obvious, the new Mahindra Bolero Neo is more feature-loaded than the MUV it’s based on. While even the fully-loaded variant of the TUV300 never came with the kind of features that one gets on similarly priced monocoque sub-compact SUVs, the Neo puts this to an end. On the new model, one benefits from several upmarket features like a touchscreen infotainment unit, rear parking sensors, eco mode, a more sophisticated multi-information display, cruise control and follow-me-home headlamps.
Mahindra Bolero Neo vs TUV300 – Specifications
|Engine||1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel||1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel|
|Transmisison||5-speed manual||5-speed manual, 5-speed AMT|
Of course, even the specifications are a lot better on the Neo than what it’s based on. The new model is powered by a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder oil burner that has been carried over from the TUV but has received a set of revisions. While the maximum power of 100PS remains exactly the same as earlier, the torque output has seen a healthy update of 20Nm and is now pegged at 260Nm. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that powers the rear wheels. Unlike the TUV300, the Bolero Neo is not being sold with an optional AMT but this is something that could be added to the package at a later stage.
An even bigger update comes in the form of Mechanical Locking Differential (MLD), a highly useful feature that’s currently only available on the top-of-the-line N10(O) version. As you would have known, the Bolero has been loved by the semi-urban and rural buyers for the high ruggedness it offers. Hence, it’s only obvious that the clientele would expect at least an equal amount of ruggedness from the new arrival. And this is where the MLD comes in. So, basically, what happens is that when you take the top-spec Bolero Neo to tricky terrain like slush the wheels are stopped from sending endlessly due to loss of traction. The MLD comes into action by locking the wheel that loses traction. As soon as the system detects a loss of traction, the other wheels are sent more power in order to maintain momentum and help the vehicle out of the sticky situation. This will also help make up for the high kerb weight of the new model.
|Mahindra Bolero Neo||Mahindra TUV300|
|ARAI Mileage||17.29 kmpl||18.49 kmpl|
The Bolero Neo has an ARAI-tested mileage of 17.29 kmpl. In comparison, the TUV300 offered 18.49 kmpl in the ARAI cycle. This difference could be down to the increased torque the newer version of the MUV has at its disposal. We feel that the mileage is down only by a small margin in return for the significant boost one gets in the torque output.
|Mahindra Bolero Neo||Mahindra TUV300|
|Base Model (price, ex-showroom)||Rs 8.48 lakh||Rs 8.59 lakh|
|Top Model (price, ex-showroom)||Rs 9.99 lakh||Rs 10.61 lakh|
It’s normal for carmakers to bump up the prices by a huge margin when rolling out updated versions of their existing versions. However, in the case of the Bolero Neo, the same is not the case. In spite of the severe rise in taxations and cost of raw materials, the company has managed to price the Bolero Neo lower than the TUV300. This has simply been done to give the new model a better chance and help it draw customers to the showrooms through its lucrative pricing. So, what do you think of our Mahindra Bolero Neo vs Mahindra TUV300 comparison? Do you think the new MUV, which is, in essence, an updated TUV300 have a good run on the sales charts?
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