The 2020 Mahindra Bolero facelift continues to draw power from the 1.5-litre mHawkD70 diesel mill
The immensely popular Mahindra Bolero has received a nip and tuck as a part of the BS6 update. The facelifted UV has started reaching dealerships across the country and the official launch is expected towards the end of this month. The ex-showroom price is expected to start at around Rs 8 lakh. The outgoing BS4 model is priced from Rs 7.61 lakh.
The 2020 Mahindra Bolero facelift carries forward the sheet metal part of the design untouched while the front fascia receives a significant revision. The new headlamps with premium detailing seamlessly blend with the revised black grille, rendering the long-standing workhorse a matured look. The new bumper with circular foglights adds to the appeal.
Changes to the profile are limited to new body graphics and black finish for the side rub-strips and footboard. The rear-end receives a new door handle, revised spare wheel cover with both Mahindra and Bolero branding, and reprofiled taillight with clear-lens elements.
The interior too incorporates a few noticeable changes. The steering wheel has been borrowed from the TUV300 and the dashboard has been finished in brown colour. The AC vent surrounds and centre console are trimmed in glossy dark brown. The digital instrument and tell-tale light console stay the same but the gear knob is new.
The Bolero continues to offer a basic Kenwood audio player with Bluetooth, USB and aux connectivity. The power window switches continue to sit between the front seats and the AC is a manual unit. The 2020 Bolero gets beige-brown dual-tone seat fabric and beige roof lining. The seating configuration and space on offer are unchanged.
Under the hood is the familiar 1.5-litre mHawkD70 diesel engine which is now updated to BS6 emission standards. The official power and torque figures are not released yet but we expect the motor to continue to dish out around 70bhp and 195Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission sends the drive to rear wheels. Of course, the micro-hybrid (Start-stop system) is part of the package.
As per the regulations, all variants are equipped with ABS, driver airbag, reverse parking sensors, front passenger seat-belt warning and speed alert system. The top-end variant offers remote keyless entry, rear wiper, centre-locking, hubcaps, etc.
The Mahindra Bolero has been a cash-cow for the company for several years now (see the sales report of February). The rugged appeal, ability to withstand the beating from bad roads and reliable track record has made the Bolero a widely preferred choice of transport in rural India. With minor yet noticeable visual enhancements and a BS6-compliant engine, the Bolero facelift is expected to maintain the status quo.