Tata Bolt, a Hatchback is manufactured in 8 variants in India in the form of 4 Petrol and 4 Diesel cars. It comes in 5 colours, namely, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver, Pristine White, Sky Grey, Venetion Red. Tata Motors have been meaning to launch its new vehicles this season. The sales numbers have shown positive response and the delivery centers at the dealerships were busy for the major part of the year. The major driving point for this factor was the launch of Zest during the closing months of the previous year. Tata, however, was keeping a better product up its sleeve, for the future. The Bolt was based on the Zest and the styling cues are almost similar with the Zest. The only difference between the two models is that the new car has no protrusion at the boot region.
The hatchback has a unique design, which is an amalgamation of the best ideas from the design studios of the company located in Pune (India), Coventry (UK) and at Turin (Italy). As claimed by Tata, the car features top-notch innovation in the field of design elements. The car is an interesting addition to the three aspects of Tata’s new innovation - ConnectNext, DriveNext and Design Next. The facets include bolstering the look, appearance and connectivity of the car. It is believed that the attractive features and the renewed design elements will centre the Indian youth. The contour of the car resembles the Indica. However, the design elements are totally different. The car has a new grille, revised headlights with projectors and a revamped bumper. The windows accentuate in a curve towards the rear of the hatchback. Rounded edges have been imparted to the rear side of the model, which give it a premium look. Unlike the Zest, this design has imparted a complete look to the Bolt. The back end of the vehicle sports a chrome grille, low-mount stop lamps and completely new lamps.
INTERIOR & FEATURES
The interior has a black and white combination with interior setup plus gauges on the steering back. The overall features and design lists are similar to the Zest sedan. The car has a lot of space. Associated with MapMyIndia, the hatchback now enables the utilisation of GPS navigation technology in the Bolt hatch model allowing drivers to synchronise their smartphones to the head unit with the Bolt. Moreover, the top-of-the-line variants of the Bolt are equipped with Harman infotainment system, which also might attract the youth.
Both petrol and diesel engines are available- the Revotron 1.2-litre turbocharged Multi-point Fuel Injection (MPFI) petrol mill produces 90 bhp and a torque output of 140 Nm. Three multi-drive variants are available that are Eco, Sport and City modes. The diesel model utilises a Quadrajet 1.3-litre engine, which generates 75 bhp power and a torque output of 190 Nm. Five-speed manual transmission system is offered on both the models. However, it is possible that the brand will launch AMT on the diesel model.
A fuel efficiency of 22.95 kmpl is given by the 1248 cc diesel variant, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 17.57 kmpl, respectively.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The car is smooth to drive and doesn’t have any sudden boosts of power at low revs. However, at higher revs, the noise increases, giving a rough feel of the engine. The steering wheel on the car is exquisite and well engineered, giving movement to the car even in tight spaces.
Tata Bolt receives competition from other popular hatches in this category like Fiat Punto Evo, Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Swift, Ford Figo, Honda Brio and Elite i20.