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Old 2nd November 2016, 18:57   #61
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Default Metamorphising The Mahindra Bolero To The Jeep Wrangler (4 Door) Pikup

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I want to own a Jeep Wrangler (four door) pikup but with the non-availability of the vehicle in India and the prohibitive cost of importing it, I have decided to convert/ modify the Mahindra Bolero into a similar vehicle. I will highlight my requirements and some likely options that I have worked out and would be looking forward to advice from the members of the Team towards fulfilling my dream.

My Requirements
Purpose - Daily use for office travel in city, occasional travel outstation for a vacation and capable of limited off-roading.
A vehicle that looks similar to a Jeep Wrangler Pikup
Comfort and interiors similar to that available in a car costing about 8 - 10 lakhs (music system, air-conditioning , power steering and other standard features)
A fuel efficient engine with present emission norms
Low maintenance cost

Options Available for Base Vehicle
Mahindra Bolero
Mahindra Bolero Camper
Mahindra TUV



Option A - Buy New Vehicle and Customize

Mahindra Customisation offers you the option of buying a new Bolero and customising it.
It would be an expensive option as the base vehicle would cost 7-8 lakhs (new vehicle) plus about 5-6 lakhs for customisation

Advantages
I would get the latest Bolero in terms of technology.
Financing would be simpler as it would be a new car.
The vehicle is unlikely to give me any major trouble during the warranty period of about three years.
The registration etc would also be simpler.
The fit and finish is likely to be better as the quality control would be higher.

Disadvantages
Costing would be considerably higher.
The options for customisation are likely to be limited by the facilities/options offered by Mahindra


Option B - Buy a Second Hand Vehicle and Customize
Buy a second hand vehicle and get it customised through a local ( I am based at Gurgaon) modification workshop.


Advantages
Costing would be Lower
More customisation options

Disadvantages
Finding a good Bolero at reasonable price is difficult.
Older models won't have the latest features/ technology.
Identifying a good workshop is difficult.
Undergoing the travails of making a Jeep.
Registration issues
Financing issues
Insurance problems
Warranty issues

I would be grateful if the experts on forum could advise me on the way ahead.
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What's the budget? Why not explore the vehicle available off the shelf - Isuzu VCross. Ticks all your boxes

Edit: On the lower end, you could look at the Getaway (upgrade coming soon), or even the Xenon CC. A factory finished vehicle is better anyday IMO than a garage/workshop chopped one. Now a days when there are comfortable pickups available, better to stick with them.

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Bolero is cheaper than ever now with the new 3 cyl engine and sub4m discount.

Mahindra customization already has a Camper style bolero.
You can check if they do partial customization, atleast can get the chop work done from them.
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What's the budget? Why not explore the vehicle available off the shelf - Isuzu VCross. Ticks all your boxes

Edit: On the lower end, you could look at the Getaway (upgrade coming soon), or even the Xenon CC. A factory finished vehicle is better anyday IMO than a garage/workshop chopped one. Now a days when there are comfortable pickups available, better to stick with them.
Thanks for your response sir . The VCross is a possibility but a bit high on the budget. Plus it does not give me the Jeep look that I want. Same goes for the Xenon and the Getaway.

I do agree with your suggestion for a factory finished vehicle.

I will post some of the pics of my dream vehicle.

I have photoshopped the Bolero Camper and the Jeep Bandit to make them look closer to my requirements

PIC : A neatly modified Mahindra Armada-img_0207_2.jpg

PIC : A neatly modified Mahindra Armada-bolero_camper-modified.jpg

PIC : A neatly modified Mahindra Armada-jeep-pikup-bandit.jpg

Thanks Sir.

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Bolero is cheaper than ever now with the new 3 cyl engine and sub4m discount.
The Bolero Power+ (the new sub 4 metre Bolero) is my first choice in case I go for a new vehicle.


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Mahindra customization already has a Camper style bolero.
You can check if they do partial customization, atleast can get the chop work done from them.
The Mahindra customization has the Stinger, Xclusiv and the Attitude which are close to what I am looking at. I have written to them for a partial customization. The response is awaited.

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I am also posting some pictures of the manner in which I would like the rear end of the vehicle to be modified.
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PIC : A neatly modified Mahindra Armada-back-bolero4.jpg  

PIC : A neatly modified Mahindra Armada-isuzudmaxhideflimitededitionmalaysia31-back-rear.jpg  

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My other options for choice of vehicles for the base platform are TUV 300 and the Duster.

Comparison with Bolero

TUV 300

# Better interiors, ergonomics
# Better fuel efficiency
# Latest Technology offered by Mahindra
# But not a JEEP

Duster
# Wonderful interiors, ergonomics
# Better fuel efficiency
# the Oroch-like vehicle would stand out in the crowd
# But not a JEEP

Posting some Pics of the modifications that I have tried on Photoshop
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PIC : A neatly modified Mahindra Armada-mahindratuv300redaction-comp3.jpg  

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