Entry-level Mahindra Bolero to get a 5-seater sub 4-metre version

Mahindra is in the process of introducing the all-new Bolero which is slated to sit on the all-new U171 ladder-frame platform, promising a departure from the current lineup with an array of seating options, body styles and powertrains.

One notable shift is the introduction of a compact five-seat version, likely falling below the 4-meter mark. The five-seat model is expected to replace not only the existing Bolero but also the Bolero Neo, a slow performer in the market.

The addition of a three-row version aims to cater to larger families. Following the Scorpio N’s lead, the Bolero is set to feature a forward-facing third row, emphasising passenger safety and adhering to higher crash test standards. However, it remains uncertain whether the seven-seat model will maintain a sub-4 meter footprint.

For the rural market, Mahindra plans to introduce a longer XL variant, directly targeting the Force Citiline. With four front-facing rows accommodating up to nine passengers, the XL iteration seems tailored for specific regional demands. The decision to offer multiple wheelbase options is touted as a cost-effective strategy, shared with Mahindra’s pickup range, presumably for enhanced competitiveness.

The Bolero family currently accounts for 20 percent of Mahindra’s total sales, with an average of 8000 to 9000 units sold per month. The profitability of the Bolero franchise is expected to be higher than its volumes.

It is expected to have a completely new look while retaining the iconic boxy design. We can expect some modern touches like new alloy wheels, LED headlights, new grille design, etc. The interior will get a redesigned dashboard with a more premium appeal, infotainment system with a proper touchscreen unit and some latest features to woo the buyers.