Mahindra launches back-to-basics workhorse


Indian auto giant Mahindra has introduced an even more rugged version of its already tough as nails Bolero workhorse, which is claimed to offer class leading fuel economy, enhanced carrying ability and value for money.

Although based on the standard model, the new Bolero Maxitruck Plus features a 136 mm stretch in wheelbase (3 150 mm vs 3 014 mm), payload of 1 150 kg and a load box that can swallow up to 1.13 cubic metres of cargo. Underneath the skin, the newcomer also features a heavier duty suspension to cope with harsh road conditions and heavy loads, while the hydraulic power steering has been revised and disc brakes fitted at the front.

Underneath the bonnet, the Maxi comes fitted with the same 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine as the normal Bolero, but with a low inertia blower to produce 46 kW and 195 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels with fuel consumption being rated at 7.0 L/100 km.

As expected from a work biased vehicle, standard spec is sparse and mainly includes an immobiliser with transponder, cloth upholstery and power sockets.

A two year / 50 000 km warranty is included in the R127 995 asking price.