Mahindra will equip India’s best-selling MUV – the Bolero – with airbags and ABS. These changes will happen before July 2019, when all passenger cars sold in India will have to confirm to the new safety norms under Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).
While many automakers will drop some cars as confirming to the new BNVSAP safety norms will result in significant costs, there is no question of Mahindra dropping the Bolero as the vehicle is a very strong brand in both urban and rural India. It has also been Mahindra’s best-seller for years.
Here’s official word from Dr. Pawan Goenka, the Managing Director at Mahindra & Mahindra,
On the crash safety norms, the only product which does not have airbags and ABS in any of the variants is Bolero, and we are working on that right now. That is the only one we will have to upgrade to meet the new crash and safety norms which now comes in July 2019 rather than October 2019 and as of now we do not see any issue in that.
Apart from airbags and ABS, the Bolero is also expected to get other safety equipment such as a seat belt warning light on the instrument cluster, reverse parking sensors, and even pedestrian and two wheeler-friendly bumper design. The safer version of the Bolero will come at a higher cost.
Presently, the Bolero starts from Rs. 7.2 lakhs, and this figure could go up by around Rs. 50,000 after all the safety additions. The engines and gearboxes are unlikely to be tinkered with. The new Bolero is expected to continue with the 1.5 liter and 2.5 liter diesel engines, and a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine is a 3 cylinder unit equipped with a twin scroll turbocharger. It makes 70 Bhp and 195 Nm. The 2.5 liter M2DiCR turbo diesel engine is a 4 cylinder unit, with 63 Bhp and 180 Nm. Both engines drive the rear wheels of the Bolero.
The MUV is offered in 7, 8 and 9 seater versions, and is extremely popular in India’s rural areas as a rugged and reliable people mover. The good thing about Mahindra adding safety features to the Bolero is that such features could trickle down to the Thar off-roader as well as the Thar is based on the same platform.
News Source: Money Control