India is a land of car diversity that has enriched consumer needs right from hatchbacks to SUV’s. The competition has become more intense and much of it is attributed to the current depressed market. There are so many new SUV cars to look forward to and Mahindra is among the first to capture this segment. There is also so much of newness happening in SUV market, Mahindra is up the game to keep up with the modern packages.
Mahindra’s is all geared to launch 2015 Bolero, this time in a more contemporary package. It is a relatively new segment since most of the SUV’s sport aggressive conventional designs. Will Mahindra be potent enough to fight the battle with upcoming arch rival Honda Vezel. Also will its new up to date styling theme pay off? Let’s find out.
Bolero is the best selling SUV till date; the new car will have a fresh architecture and new chassis. The brainwave here is the chassis is sturdy and light at the same time built on the advanced tubular ladder frame chassis technology.
The cosmetic changes on the car are new arty honeycomb grille, hawk eye headlights, boxy type of body and rugged image.
Vezel was displayed in grand style at 2013 Detroit Motor Show; the car flaunted its spectacular image at 2013 Toyota Motor Show and was termed Honda’s grand entry into competitive compact crossover sector. It looks stunning and 4.3 meters long, the style language used is the innovative ‘Exciting H design’ also used in new City. The aesthetic nature of the front is contributed by arty layout of LED headlights and grille and the appearance is on par with the outline on Chinese spec Crider sedan and new Jazz.
The side angle is similar to CR-V, the wheel arches look great, so does the boot door and sloping roof line. The trendiness of the rear is inscribed in creatively styled horizontal tail lights and free flowing dynamic lines on boot lid. The larger front fascia makes the car stand out.
The inside of Bolero is a modern twist from the past, the comfort levels are elevated as well. The seats are positioned at a higher than normal level and seven occupants can tuck in with ease.
The inner décor of Vezel is magnificent and royal covered with professional all black upholstery. The movement of design is on par with the grandeur levels of CR-V. The new characteristics to watch out for are touch screen climate control, touch screen infotainment system, and audio fitted steering wheel. The other sources of convenience are projector headlights, push start button, keyless entry and rear parking sensors.
2015 Bolero will gather its energy from an efficient mHawk power train different from 2523cc Turbo DI diesel used in current vehicle. The engine pumps out massive 180Nm and 63hp energies. Mahindra will also use a 4161cc diesel mill engineered with the advanced common rail direct engine technology that gives out 83.8bhp.
Vezel will move on a robust petrol i-VTEC 1.5 litre engine that yields 146Nm and 116bhp. The i-DTEC diesel power train will generate 200Nm and 98bhp and both engines are coupled with five speed automatic and five speed manual gearbox.
The new Bolero costs Rs 5.8 to 7.7 lakhs and Vezel is priced at Rs 6 to 12 lakhs.
Bolero offers greater value for money with its high-end luxury characteristics.