Mahindra Bolero Neo SUV — The Tough And Reliable SUV (Branded Content)

The Bolero Neo shares more than just its name with a popular SUV in rural areas - the Bolero. It has the same strong frame, rear-wheel drive, and a diesel engine. But there's more to it than just the name. Let's explore why it's worth your attention.

Mahindra Bolero Neo


The Bolero brand has a legacy that few other SUVs in the Indian market can match. For over 20 years, Indian buyers have trusted the Bolero to handle tough climatic and driving conditions. This reliability is why the bravest among us, such as those in forest services, firefighting, and paramilitary wings, use it to perform their duties. The Bolero Neo builds on these strengths, offering the same toughness with a sturdy body-on-frame construction like a true SUV. But it goes further, with a more powerful and torquey diesel engine to meet modern performance needs.

Both Bolero SUVs gets a 1.5L turbo diesel engine, but the Bolero Neo's engine produces 100PS of power and 260Nm of torque since it gets the punchy mHAWK engine. It makes more power and torque but retains the simple and robust construction as the Bolero. This is a tried and trusted powertrain, which has been around for several years.

Mahindra are known for their powerful engines, and the only B2-segment SUV that surpasses the Bolero Neo’s torque output is another Mahindra vehicle—the XUV3XO. This strong torque, combined with a unique rear-wheel drivetrain and a mechanically-locking differential, helps the Bolero Neo tackle terrains, which are typically reserved for 4WD SUVs. The 15-inch wheels with tall sidewall tyres and high ground clearance also help the Bolero Neo go over rough terrain as the tyres absorb the shock better than big alloy wheels.

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The Bolero Neo's toughness is visible in its tough design. Its high front end gives it a bold look in the rear-view mirrors of cars ahead, and the tank-like side profile complements this aggressive front. It has an imposing and tough stance that makes people give way to the Bolero Neo. The stylish side-swinging 5-door layout, with a signature rear door-mounted spare wheel, enhances its SUV appeal, making it stand out in this price range.


Something wearing the legendary Bolero brand has high expectations for reliability, and the Bolero Neo certainly meets them. Mahindra’s decades of experience in engineering and perfecting diesel engines to outperform others in India’s tough conditions is as legendary as Mahindra’s 80-year legacy. Many Mahindra owners keep their SUVs and vintage 4x4s for decades, proving their reliability and durability. The Bolero Neo carries all the traits of reliability we've come to expect from Mahindra and Bolero.

Moreover, the Bolero Neo’s reliability is evident as our men and women in uniform trust it for their duties. The Border Security Force (BSF), several state police departments and firefighters have chosen the Bolero Neo as their favourite companion in harsh and dangerous environments. Many government bodies like the forest department, irrigation and public works also use the Bolero Neo, enabling them to complete demanding tasks in remote locations with limited backup.


If you think the Bolero is tough but too basic for daily use, the Bolero Neo will change your mind. Here are just a few of the features the Bolero Neo offers to meet the needs of urban SUV buyers:

  • Touchscreen
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Cruise control
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Individual front armrests
  • Tilt steering
  • LED DRLs
  • Power mirrors
  • Option of 7 seats

High On Utility

Besides these features, the Bolero Neo excels in the utility aspect of an SUV, outperforming many cars in this price range. Its front seat armrests are wide and genuinely comfortable, unlike many more expensive cars. Leather upholstery, without ventilation, isn’t practical for most buyers in the harsh Indian climate. Additionally, the absence of leather seats is significant. Most car makers, even those with cars costing up to Rs. 50.0 lakh, don’t offer genuine leather. Fabric seats, on the other hand, are much more breathable and comfortable in the Indian climatic conditions. Thus, the decision to offer fabric upholstery across all variants is perfect.


The Bolero Neo not only looks tough, it IS tough. The Bolero brand carries decades of engineering expertise and the trust of over 1.5 million buyers. The Bolero Neo keeps the essential characteristics of a true Bolero SUV intact and improves upon them. It also comes with features that hit the mark perfectly. The Bolero Neo meets the needs of buyers who want a tough SUV they can drive comfortably over bad roads and no roads, with ease and peace of mind.

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Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano and Navi are his favorites.


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