Like most other mainstream manufacturers, Mahindra has been steadily upgrading its existing model line-up sold in India to BS6 standards. Last year, the company announced that the brand’s oldest models on sale, the Bolero, has received Bharat Stage 6 certification for the Power Plus 1.5-litre diesel model.
Along with this announcement, the company had also confirmed that the BS6-compliant Bolero will go on sale in early 2020. Today, we bring you one of the first images of the heavily updated BS6-ready Bolero that will go on sale in the coming weeks. The refreshed Bolero gets major styling tweaks up front in the form of an all-new front grille, bumper and slightly tweaked hood. The headlamps are new as well along with black inserts and chrome bits – overall, they make the Bolero look more premium than before.
While the changes to the Bolero’s exterior might look cosmetic, the key aspect of note here is that Mahindra’s oldest model in India now complies with the new crash-test norms that were introduced late last year.
The BS6-compliant Bolero Power Plus comes with a 1.5-litre three cylinder diesel D75 engine that delivers 71hp and will also be seen in the refreshed TUV300 that will hit the showrooms soon.
Along with the aforementioned upgrades, Mahindra will also update variant nomenclature for the BS6-spec Bolero. The new model is expected to be sold in three variants comprising the lower-spec B4, the mid-spec B6 and the top-spec B6(O).
Sources tell us that the BS6 Bolero will see a price hike of upto Rs 50,000 over its BS4 counterpart, depending on the variant in question.
The Bolero was introduced in the Indian market, way back in the year 2000; and has been the brand's strong seller for more than a decade. In the period between April 2019 and January 2020, the company sold a total of 52,828 units of the Bolero – which works out to a monthly average of 5,289 units.
Mahindra’s other popular offering, the Scorpio, will undergo a full model change sometime next year. However, with the latest upgrade introduced on the ageing Bolero, there might not be an all-new replacement anytime soon.