Finally the long wait is over and Tata is ready to launch their much talked about hatch. Bolt is their first product along with Zest to be introduced in the global market. With Zest already being well accepted among car lovers worldwide, Tata is expecting the same success for Bolt as well. First unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014, the official launch is now fixed on 22nd of this month. Online bookings have already started with a down payment as less as Rs 11000. With the Bolt, there is now more choice for the buyer in the already flourishing hatchback segment.
Bolt maintains the typical Tata silhouette, yet carries a distinct appeal. It too has a smiley shaped front grille like its elder sibling Zest. The new Tata signature grille flows into the blackened out projector headlights and the fog lamps get a chrome garnish strip. Two prominent lines run along the length of the car. The blackened C-pillar, a strong shoulder line and ORVMs with turn indicators add to its sportiness. The rear gets flame-shaped LED tail lights, a centre fog light and number plate strip in chrome.
Tata has provided completely new black interiors and an upgraded features list in the Bolt. Five adults can be easily housed in and there is still a luggage space of 320 litres. Storage spaces inside the cabin are not so adequate though. The plastics used are all of fine quality. The stylish dashboard is loaded with user friendly infotainment features. A 3 spoke steering wheel, gear knob, on door release handles and the detailed air vents all add to the overall appeal of the car. The tall seats along with large windows help in a good outside view.
Additional features include EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted System) with ‘Active Return’ function, speed sensitive power steering, ABS, Cornering Stability feature and dual path suspension system. It also has a 5 inch touch screen with audio and video playback, advanced Bluetooth technology, an SD card reader, USB and aux-in, a trip computer, power windows, power mirrors, parking sensor, climate control and in-built HVAC controls.
Tata Bolt petrol and three diesel variants. The 1.2 litre REVOTRON petrol unit is capable of delivering a peak power output of 85 PS along with a maximum torque of 140 Nm, while the 1.3 litre Multijet VGT diesel version will churn out a maximum power of 75 bhp with 190 Nm torque. Both the engines will be powered with a five speed manual transmission gear box.
Tata Bolt will be approximately priced in the range of Rs 5-7 lakhs. Suzuki Swift, Chevrolet Sail, VW Polo, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo are some of its potential rivals.
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