In a bid to boost its market share, Tata Motors came-up with its new breed of cars that speak a new design language and feature new-age technologies – the Zest and Bolt. The Zest is already here, and doing quite a decent business for the home-grown carmaker. Our sources reveal that the company might launch the much-awaited Bolt hatchback by the month end.
Ditching the conventional design, Tata Motors introduced a new design theory that has been formulated by combining inputs from its three design studio in Pune, Turin (Italy) and Coventry (UK). Based on the new design language, the Bolt features a new Tata signature grille with new humanity Line, flowing into the headlamps. The hatchback gets a sporty roof spoiler and fog lamps bezels and aerodynamic silhouette.
From inside, the Bolt might be similar to the Zest. The car comes integrated with a new instrument cluster with integrated multi-information display, silver trim inserts, black and optional colour combinations, new steering wheels etc. A single wing-shaped graphics connects the central AC vents and instrument cluster. Features like HARMAN designed infotainment and audio acoustics system, MapmyIndia navigation system, drive by wire technology, ABS and modified suspension system might be offered with its top-end variant.
The Bolt will be powered by a new turbocharged intercooled multi-point fuel-injected (MPFi) 1.2-litre Revotron 1.2T engine. This powertrain produces a maximum power of 84bhp with 140Nm of torque. The diesel versions will be equipped with the fiat-sourced 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine, which also does duty on the Zest. A new F-Tronic technology-enabled 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) might also be on offer.
Expected to be priced between Rs. 4.50 lakh – 7 lakh, the new Tata Bolt will compete against Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Hyundai i20 and Ford Figo.