AutoCar Professional states that Mahindra & Mahindra plans to launch two new variants of the Bolero Pik-Up to guard its position in the light commercial vehicle market.
As per the report, the company sold more almost 1,60,000 units of the pickup in the last financial year. In comparison, the Tata Ace family, currenly having 8 members with payload up to 1 tonne, which is the biggest name in the low-end of the small CV segment, sold 1,52,498 units. Of these, the regular model of the Ace accounted for 87,259 units.
With a rise in the demand for last-mile transportation, the Nashik-based auto major will soon launch 1.3-tonne and 1.7-tonne variants of the Mahindra Bolero Pik-Up. The options will be sold alongside the 1.5-tonne version.
The entire Mahindra Bolero Pik-Up range will reportedly receive a handful of mechanical updates, including an updated rear suspension with nine leaf springs and double bearings for the rear axle. Along with the new payload capacities, the upcoming version will offer a more spacious loading bay of about 45.75 square feet, allowing the haulage of wider cargo. The new model will feature more powerful brakes with a twin diaphragm tandem booster setup.
The new Mahindra Bolero Pik-Up range will offer an updated design, more ergonomic driver and co-driver seats with a recline feature and a headrest, and minor styling changes to the interior.
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A 2.5-litre m2DICR turbocharged diesel engine will continue to drive the entire range of Bolero-based pickups. It will produce a maximum power of 70 hp @ 3,200 rpm along with a peak torque of 195 Nm between 1,500 - 1,800 rpm. The motor comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Currently, prices of the Mahindra Bolero Pik-Up start at 6,51,106 (ex-showroom).
[Source - autocarpro.in]