Spied – Next gen Mahindra Bolero (U301) testing day and night
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Based on the new modular hydroformed chassis.
The next gen Mahindra Bolero, codenamed U301, has already been spotted testing several times and here is a latest set of spyshots clicked in Chennai by Rush Lane reader Mr. Venkat.
The UV was spotted late in the evening suggesting that Mahindra has intensified the testing. The next gen Bolero retains its boxy shape but is based on the new modular hydroformed ladder frame chassis which debuted in the new Scorpio.
Expected to be ready in the last quarter of 2015, the U301 appears to be a sub-4 metre product which will be positioned between the smaller S101 and the Scorpio. Power would come from Mahindra’s new modular engine family which is being developed in association with its South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong. Viable candidates are 1.5- or 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.
With monthly sales not dipping below 7,000 units, the Mahindra Bolero proves to be the UV specialist’s cash cow. The improved version with a new platform would enable the Bolero to keep any fresh competition at bay.
Competitors: Tata Sumo, Chevrolet Tavera
Expected Price: INR 6-8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch Date: Late 2015 (Tentative)
Next gen Mahindra Bolero (U301) – Spyshot Gallery
[Spy images from Rush Lane]