Bolero bigger and better
India’s toughest bakkie just got tougher in South Africa, to carry a heavier payload cheaper
MAHINDRA South Africa has extended its highly successful range of Bolero pick-ups with the launch of the Bolero Maxitruck Plus.
“The addition of the Maxitruck Plus to our Bolero pick-up range confirms Mahindra’s commitment to providing South African buyers with authentic, robust and functional vehicles that are tough, reliable and affordable,” said Ashok Thakur, CEO of Mahindra SA.
“With its large load box, extended wheelbase and high payload, the Maxitruck Plus is set to become the workhorse bakkie of choice for many South African small and medium enterprises.
“In addition, the affordable pricing and low fuel consumption significantly reduce overall operating costs, while Mahindra’s reputation for reliability promises a long service life,” Thakur added.
He said in a statement the Maxitruck Plus uses an extended wheelbase of 3 150 mm to combine a large load box with an economical, torque-focused turbodiesel engine to achieve an exceptional payload while achieving high fuel efficiency.
At the same time, the affordable price tag allows a reduced acquisition cost, while benefiting the overall cost of ownership. The load bin measures 2,5 metres long by 1,54 m wide, to offer 1,13 cubic metres cargo space. To handle the 1 150 kg payload, the bakkie features rigid axles front and rear with progressive leaf spring suspension and hydraulic dampers. A 170 mm ground clearance ensures that the Maxitruck easily copes with rough terrain, despite being rearwheel drive only.
Mahindra’s M2DICR proven 2,5-litre turbodiesel powers the bakkie. This unit was designed for India’s heavy loads and has done millions of kilometres in the hot and high operating conditions typical of the high altitudes in Gauteng. The turbodiesel engine makes 195 Nm between 1 400 rpm and 2 200 rpm.
A five-speed manual gearbox provides a good spread of ratios to make the most of the engine’s output.
Despite its impressive payload, the Maxitruck Plus achieves an impressive average fuel consumption figure of 7 litres/100 km in the combined cycle.
The new Mahindra pick-up runs on 15-inch steel wheels shod with 195/80 R15 tyres. The added flexibility of the taller tyre profile benefits both load carrying capacity and overall ride comfort.
Steering is done with a hydraulic power steering and the turning circle has been reduced to 11 metres.
An improved braking system features front disc brakes combined with rear drums.
The interior features stylish cloth upholstery, a two-tone instrument panel and an auxiliary power point, allowing smartphones to be charged on the move.
The finishes and materials reflect the Maxitruck’s tough character, promising long-term durability.
A transponder immobiliser is standard, providing theft deterrence and adding peace of mind.
The new Mahindra Bolero Maxitruck Plus is offered at a recommended retail price of R127 995 and is supported by a two-year/50 000 km warranty. Services are at 10 000 km intervals.
Mahindra’s proven Bolero just got better, with a bigger load bin to carry 1,1 tons and an improved turning circle.