Mahindra Bolero and Xylo face to face the axe as they don’t imply to the latest safety and crash norms.
Mahindra Bolero and Xylo are likely to be discontinued by the Indian brand as they do not fulfil the safety norms and the upcoming emission norms. Upgrading these cars with the new BS-VI compliance engine and the safety norms will be an expensive affair hence they will face the axe.
However, not all models of Mahindra Bolero will be discontinued. Only the EX, Plus, SLE, SLX and ZLX will face the axe. The power plus models with the 1.5-litre diesel engine will still be in the running phase.
Mr Rajan Wadhera, President Mahindra and Mahindra said, “From ABS perspective and crash and safety perspective, our old Bolero, not the new Bolero+ (Bolero Power +) which we do 7.5 thousand, and the long Bolero, they will not qualify and it is not worthwhile to spend money for making them BS-VI,”.
The old Bolero which is a long one at 4,221 mm and the Xylo will end its term as with the growing competition and low sales are also the reason for their discontinuation. Mahindra Xylo was launched in 2009 and turned out to be good in the MPV market and for cab aggregators. However, the lack of features and old design will lead to the discontinuation of the car.
Talking about the discontinuation of Mahindra vehicles, the DI variant of the Thar has also been discontinued. The manufacturer will launch the ‘signature edition’ of the SUV which will be limited to just 700 units. The vehicle will sport ABS but will still not meet the regulatory crash norms and thus will be eligible for sales till September 2019.
With the discontinuation of several models of Mahindra Bolero, the car is now left with Power+ SLE, SLX and ZLX trims. The power output is limited to 70 bhp with a healthy torque of 195 Nm. It gets a 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine and is mated to 5-speed manual transmission.