WINDHOEK – Mahindra Bolero has adopted an even cheaper no-frills model variation with a new Bolero Maxitruck Plus, a single-cab workhorse bakkie focused on providing a maximised payload, low running costs and rugged reliability at an affordable price point.
The interior has nothing stylish, but simple cloth upholstery, a basic plastic two-tone instrument panel and an auxiliary power point that can charge a cellphone. The finishes and materials reflect the Maxitruck’s tough character, promising long-term durability.
Maxitruck Plus has an extended wheelbase of 3 150 mm, compared to the normal Bolero’s 3 014 mm – a 4.5 percent increase that accounts for the Maxitruck’s large load box. The cargo box offers an impressive 1.13 cubic metres of cargo space, while the extended payload of 1 150 kg means the cargo space can be used to the full.
The Maxitruck Plus boasts the same, robust sheet metal body panels as the rest of the Bolero range, ensuring that the load box easily copes with the daily bump and grind associated with workhorse bakkies.
Powering the new Bolero Maxitruck Plus is Mahindra’s M2DICR 2,5-litre turbo diesel engine. Designed for rugged reliability, extended service life and superior low-down torque, the four-cylinder, direct-injection unit is tough enough to cope with heavy loads, and the hot and high operating conditions typical of the high altitudes at the Reef.
The turbo diesel engine is credited with a maximum power output of 46 kW at just 3 200 r/min, combined with an impressive torque peak of 195 Nm, already available from just 1 400 r/min, and sustained to 2 200 r/min.
The result is a vehicle that can be loaded to capacity, while still coping with the most challenging operating conditions – from steep inclines and compromised road surfaces to long distances and extreme temperature variations. A five-speed manual gearbox provides a good spread of ratios to make the most of the engine’s output.
The Bolero Maxitruck Plus makes short work of heavy loads by employing a stout suspension system, designed to endure punishment without compromising reliability, regardless of road conditions.
Both front and rear axles are rigid designs, and make use of a tried and trusted, progressive leaf spring suspension, combined with hydraulic dampers. Hydraulic power steering eases steering effort and greatly enhances the driving experience.
A revised steering geometry has allowed a significant reduction in turning circle to just 11 metres, significantly enhancing manoeuvrability in tight spaces while benefiting overall ease of use and convenience, especially in restricted spaces.
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. A 170 mm ground clearance ensures that the Maxitruck easily copes with rough terrain, despite being rear-wheel drive only.
An improved braking system features front disc brakes combined with rear drums. A load-sensing proportionate valve (LSPV) enhances retardation when braking hard, especially when the bakkie is fully laden.
The new Mahindra Bolero Maxitruck Plus is offered at a recommended retail price of N$127 995 and is supported by a two-year/50 000 km warranty. Services are at 10 000 km intervals.