Update: RushLane reader Akshay Ballal has shared a spy video of the 2019 Mahindra Bolero (facelift).
20 April 2019 -
Last month, it was reported that the Mahindra Bolero will be updated in a phased manner. In line with this, a mostly uncamouflaged version of the 2019 Mahindra Bolero has been spotted by Team-BHP reader Vivekanand Muthukrishnan.
The 2019 Mahindra Bolero that has been spied testing likely features a handful of additional safety features. It is worth a mention here that it is now mandatory for all passenger vehicles to come equipped with ABS. From 1 July 2019, even driver airbag, front seatbelt reminders, high-speed alert system and reverse parking sensors will become compulsory. Post 31 September 2019, clearing the front, side and full rear frontal and 40% overlap offset frontal crash tests under BNVSAP will be mandatory. Then, from 1 April 2020, BS-VI compliance will be required.
The 2019 Mahindra Bolero featuring driver airbag, front SBRs, high-speed alert system and reverse parking sensors as standard is said to come in a facelifted avatar. The test mule has camouflage on the radiator grille, but the design looks unchanged.
The test unit has a mHawk D70 badge on its front fenders, which means that it has the mHawk D70 1.5-litre, three-cylinder oil-burner under the hood. Presently, it outputs a maximum power of 70 bhp at 3,600 rpm and a peak torque of 195 Nm at 1,400-2,200 rpm. By the advent of the next fiscal, however, it will be required to update the motor to achieve compliance with the stricter emission norms.
First launched in August 2000, the Bolero has been one of the most successful models from Mahindra. In recent times, it has clocked an average monthly sale of 6,938 units (between October 2018 and March 2019).
[Image Source: team-bhp.com]