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Old 29th March 2016, 08:06   #1
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Default Rumour: Mahindra shrinking the Bolero for lower levies

It is developing a new Bolero that will stretch less than four metres and sport a 1.5-litre engine. The move will mean it will attract lower levies than the current model, which is 4.17-meter long and is powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine.


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Mahindra is now giving a makeover to the Bolero. The plan is to ensure that the extra tax introduced on big-size SUVs does not apply on the rural workhorse that is still the company's top selling model.

Internally codenamed U108, the new Bolero will expand the subfour-metre utility vehicle range at M&M to four: Bolero, TUV 300, KUV 100 and Nuvo Sport, which will be launched shortly.

It is likely to be launched in the second half of 2016 and the company is working on a volume potential of 25,000 units a year. Interestingly, the U108 is an intermediate action plan from Mahindra to keep the brand alive before an all-new Bolero hits the market around 2018-19 to meet the new crash regulations.

Apart from U108, Mahindra is also working on a 7-seat version of the TUV 300, called U302, to keep the action alive, before new products from its North America Technical Centre are ready by 2017-18. The products in the pipeline include the U321, which will compete with the Toyota Innova, as well as the U341.

"The U215, or all-new Quanto (now called Nuvo Sport), only has a life cycle of 24-36 months," said one of the four people in the know of the plans.
SOURCE: http://auto.economictimes.indiatimes...evies/51593371
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Old 29th March 2016, 08:34   #2
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Default re: Rumour: Mahindra shrinking the Bolero for lower levies

Interesting piece of news.It seems that M&M plants are buzzing with activities. Is M&M planning to intoduce these engines (1.5, 1.99 etc.) across all models as an option?
I had read some time back about updated TUV300 on Team BHP itself, there is no recent update.
I feel updated Xylo would be either of U321 or U341. After Quanto is refreshed it is quite expected that Xylo is not left behind.
Lets wait and watch.
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Default re: Rumour: Mahindra shrinking the Bolero for lower levies

What to make of Quanto, oops sorry VeyronSport sorry NuvoSport and TUV300?

What Mahindra needs now is a turbo petrol that will power these behemoths. They have many under 4M cars and not one good Petrol engine to doubly exploit the excise cuts.
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It is developing a new Bolero that will stretch less than four metres and sport a 1.5-litre engine.
Wonder how different will it be from the TUV
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This reminds me of the old Tamil movie comedy scene that roughly translates to "this banana is only that banana". Sounds like Mahindra wants to pull just that with us.

"Where is your sub 4m vehicle?"

"Here - TUV"

"and what is that over there?"

"It's a sub 4m vehicle"

"then the first one you showed?"

"That is only this one"
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Default Re: Rumour: Mahindra shrinking the Bolero for lower levies

Guys, closing the thread until more concrete information rolls in. Reasons:

- Mahindra already has the TUV300 (comparable to the supposed sub-4 meter Bolero), NuvoSport (updated Quanto) and KUV100 as part of its compact SUV portfolio.

- The article claims that the company is working on a 7-seat version of the TUV300. Well, the TUV300 has been a 7-seater since launch.
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