While you might expect Mahindra to make noise about its latest products, the company has rolled out a press release. This PR says that the Mahindra Bolero, its oldest workhorse, has received BS-VI certification from i-CAT. This means Mahindra is not yet ready to discontinue this product. However, the BS-VI ready Bolero will be rolled out only next year. Currently, dealers have stocks of Boleros and will want to sell them off sans discount.
The catch here is that currently, only the Bolero Power+ has received the certification. Mahindra introduced this sub-4m offering in the Indian market in 2016. It was introduced as a modern Bolero but with the ruggedness of the older one. Moreover, it got the newer 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine from the TUV300. This motor has been detuned for application in the Power+. It makes 75PS of power and 190Nm. These numbers are higher than what the longer Bolero makes.
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Mahindra has also used the opportunity to add in a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors as well as high speed warning alert. Unfortunately, a passenger airbag ain’t even part of the options list. There still are no seat belts for the third row. Mahindra has also said that the Bolero will meet the crash safety norms as applied by the government. In due course of time, the regular Bolero as well as the ambulance version and others will receive the BS-VI updates. Suppliers have already been informed to start supplying more airbags, ABS sensors as well as more to update the entire Mahindra passenger vehicle range.
We wish Mahindra had proactively started updating its models with safety features much ahead of the new safety norms. This will show the company’s commitment rather than following the herd and abiding with rules.