The next-big launch from Tata Motors will be the Tata Bolt hatchback in Indian auto industry. The company first showcased the upcoming hatchback at the 2014 Auto Expo held in New Delhi, alongside the ‘Zest’ compact sedan and since then there has been series of anticipations. Finally now the wait for the Tata Bolt seems to be over soon.
Tata Bolt is 3,825 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, making it 170 mm shorter and 20 mm lower than the Zest sedan. It sits on the same enhanced X1 platform, and shares its width and 2,470-mm wheelbase with the Zest. The Bolt petrol variants weigh between 1,095 Kg-1,125 Kg while the diesel variants weigh between 1,130 Kg-1,160 Kg.
The Bolt and Zest are pretty much identical up to the rear doors. Unique to the Bolt are blacked-out C-pillars, upright tail lamps, a tailgate spoiler with integrated third brake lamp, and 15-inch alloys (Zest gets 16s). Design elements on the inside are similar to the Zest. What it misses out are the LED daytime-running lights which the Zest sedan gets.
Of course, the Bolt is intended to be priced and positioned slightly below the Zest. However, it still gets the latter’s five-inch Harman touch-screen infotainment system, speed-sensitive electric power steering and projector headlamps.
The Bolt gets the same new 1.2-litre Revotron four-cylinder turbo petrol (90 PS at 5,000 rpm/140 Nm between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm) as the Zest, but its 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel produces 75 PS at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm (Zest 90 PS/200 Nm at the same revs). The AMT is not on offer, at least as of now.
Tata Motors is all set to launch the Bolt hatchback in the country next-month that shares its underpinnings with the Zest.
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