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Mahindra Bolero Sub-4m SUV is said to be launched next month with the smaller 1.5-litre mHawk powertrain developing 68 hp

Mahindra is looking to make the most out of the sub-four metre as report suggests the fourth SUV pertaining to that dimension is currently under works. It follows the TUV300 sub compact SUV, KUV100 micro SUV and the NuvoSport which is facelifted version of the Quanto. The new model will be based on the popular Bolero SUV and the length will be reduced by 170 mm to make it under four metres.

The long standing Bolero has been met with increased competition in the SUV segment as the recent rivals such as Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza have overthrown the Mahindra product from the top of the sales chart in recent months. To spur up the sales and price it even more aggressively, Mahindra could be taking this sub-4m route which provides tax exemptions. As reported by Autocar, the wheelbase of the sub-four metre Bolero will be identical to the standard model at 2,680 mm.

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The changes will be implemented on the front and rear overhangs with the bumpers re-profiled to shorten the overall length. Other than that, the body panels will understandably carried over from the regular version. Inside the cabin, the mini Bolero is more likely to mimic the same interiors as its bigger brother with the same equipment list and dashboard design. However, the seats could be restyled for accommodating sufficient room.

Interestingly, it is said to be launched in the seven seater configuration with last row seats remaining identical to that of the TUV300 and NuvoSport. One might expect the mechanicals to be similar as well but it is not as the largest SUV manufacturer in the country is reported to stick by latest trends.

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For tax benefits, the smaller 1.5-litre mHawk diesel motor powering the NuvoSport and TUV300 will be carried forward developing 68 hp for better fuel economy which is still 5 hp higher than the standard Bolero. With increased performance complemented by the lower kerb weight, Mahindra expects more customer footfalls in its dealerships seeking the mini Bolero.

Source: AutocarIndia