In a bid to regain lost market share, Tata Motors recently launched the Zest compact sedan in the country. The vehicle has received an overwhelming response from car buyers and it managed to grab over 10,000 bookings within 20 days of launch. At the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, the homegrown auto maker also unveiled the Bolt hatchback alongside Zest and Nexon SUV concept. It was speculated that Tata Bolt will go on sale in the country this festive season; however, it is now confirmed that Tata Motors will launch the Bolt B+ segment hatchback in January.
Interestingly, the company will position the current Vista model as a taxi model while the Bolt will be pitched as family car. It will be the second important product to be launched under Tata Motors’ HORIZONEXT strategy. The Bolt hatchback will be offered in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol version gets the 1.2-litre-4 cylinder REVOTRON unit that produces 88bhp and 140Nm of top torque. The gasoline model is likely to be pitched as the country’s least priced turbo petrol car. Its oil burner is the same 1.3-litre 4-cylinder MJD that churns out a maximum power output of 75bhp and 190Nm of peak torque.
Both engines will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox as standard. It is expected that the Bolt diesel would get a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT), which makes it the country’s first diesel hatchback to feature diesel automatic option.