Mahindra Bolero is the best selling SUV from long 19 years. So now, the SUV will be updated and ‘future-proofed’ to meet the new regulations i.e. the safety and emission standards w.e.f 1 April 2020.
The upgraded SUV will get an ABS in the the line-up from March itself. Other features that will be included in the SUV range before July 1, 2019 are airbag for driver, speed warning, seatbelt reminder warning, and rear parking sensors. But the most important and serious update will be done before 1 October 2019 because all the cars have to pass the strict offset front and side crash standards.
Along with the crash test norm regulation, by 1 April 2020, the cars even have to pass the new set of pedestrian protection crash regulations. For this to pass, the Balero’s front end must be upgraded for a higher bonnet, softer bumper and a modified grille to minimize the accident injuries. As the last date for different safety regulations vary so we can expect that the modifications and upgradations will come with the Bolero facelift
By April 2020, powertrain of the Mahindra Bolero facelift will be upgraded because till that time, all the internal combustion powertrains have to meet the BS-VI norms. However, Mahindra will not implement an all-new powertrain but instead will be powered by the outdated 2.5-litre m2Di engine which will be updated to the BS-VI level to keep cost-competitive.
Mahindra & Mahindra has not said a word about bringing mHawk powertrain later but if the high cost invested to make the SUV meet the BS-VI norms it looks like it is just too far.
In 2018, approx 80,000 units were sold of Mahindra Bolero while in February 2019, only 7,974 units were sold. The most important key factor of the Bolero is the profit margin due to which the SUV is still in demand.