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Mahindra Bolero Range gets AIS-145 safety update

Written by Nizam Shaikh

As reported earlier, the Mahindra Bolero has been updated with the mandatory Anti-lock Braking System due to the norms enforced from 1st April 2019 and now it is being reported that Mahindra has started production of the new automotive industry standard AIS-145 compliant Bolero Power Plus and Bolero Plus. 

The AIS-145 standards have come into effect from 1st July 2019 and mandate the use of safety systems such as a driver side airbag, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, over speed warning alert which beeps once the vehicle reaches 80 kmph and give out continues beeps at 120 kmph, manual override for the central locking system, reverse parking sensors and ABS. On the interior, the vehicle sees no changes except for a new steering wheel which is likely to be borrowed from the Mahindra TUV300, for the driver side airbag. 

According to a media report, the Bolero LX, EX, SLE, SLX and ZLX – 7 seater models that come with the 2.5-litre engine have been discontinued and the 2.5-litre unit is likely to be offered on the 9-seat Bolero Plus, but the variants can be seen on the company’s official website with the LX model being offered only to Government officials.

The 7-seater Bolero Power Plus remains unchanged and is still powered by the 1.5-litre, mHawk D70 engine which produces 70 BHP @ 3600 RPM and 195 Nm of torque @ 1499-2200 RPM coupled to a 5-speed gearbox and an ARAI certified mileage of 16.5 kmpl. The engine is expected to be upgraded to BSVI standards before the 1st April 2020 deadline. 

Mahindra effective from 1st July hiked the prices on the Scorpio, Bolero, TUV300 and KUV100 NXT which are going to get hit substantially with the XUV500 and Marazzo likely to see marginal price hike. The brand has confirmed that the price of its range of personal vehicles will increase by up to INR 36,000 across the above-mentioned models due to the implementation of AIS-145 safety norms. The Mahindra Alturas models are expected to completely be void in the price hike as they already conform to the safety norms.