August 11, 2014: Tata Motors is now looking forward to launch its hatchback Bolt in the month of October. The homegrown manufacturer will first launch its compact sedan Zest and after a couple of months, the company will bring its Bolt hatch. Tata Bolt will lock horns with Maruti Suzuki Swift, Honda Brio and Hyundai Grand i10. To provide best customer service, Tata Motors is hiring staff of around 3000 across the country. The company will also provide facilities of video walls and tablet PCs to the sales representative to ensure world class customer experience. The hatch carries first in class 5-inch touch screen infotainment system powered by Harman audio system and turbocharged Revotron petrol engine. The car is also available in diesel fuel trim powered by Quadrajet engine.
Tata Bolt, the new hatch from homegrown manufacturer is based on the X1 platform and may be refereed as a heavily modified Vista as it resembles a lot to the same. Covered in a camouflage, the car has already been spotted as a test mule, which suggests that the car will be available to perspective buyers by mid of 2014.
The exterior of Bolt features new front fascia, re-designed tail-lamp cluster and repositioned number plate on boot-lid. The side profile seems more promising with bold character lines that runs through the entire body up to the end, giving Bolt a flagship Tata look along with a slight hint of sportiness. This new design is been incorporated with the help of European design studio where artists worked really hard to give the car a new look with roots attached to Tata's basic design concept. Front headlamps are elongated to give it a sleek look, while at the rear, the company has fitted small and conventional taillamp cluster in place of large Christmas lighting design. Glass work with proportionate panel length reminds of Vista. The nose (front profile) is inspired from the Manza hybrid with redesigned bumper that now has triangular airdams. Latest features that one might find in the car are rear automatic wiper and LED brakelight at the top of rear view glass.
Inside the cabin, the car looks more spacious which comes from the better use of space management technology. The new dashboard uses a fine quality of plastic and is fitted with minimum joints and bolts. A/C vents are placed in a certain way to cool the car faster with chrome linings around it, giving cabin, a more plushy look. The audio system comes with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity with 4 to 5 mobile connected simultaneously. The ORVMs can be electrically adjusted through a small joystick available inside. The seats are wide and comfy with detachable headrests. Knee room and headroom are quite good while some thigh support is missing.
The vehicle is made available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims and under the hood of gasoline model, power is generated by the company's latest development, Revotron petrol engine. This 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine produces a power of 84bhp while the oil burner variant gets Fiat's tried and tested 1.3 Multijet diesel engine developing a power of 74 bhp. The diesel engine is manufactured at Ranjangaon, based manufacturing plant near Pune, with a joint venture with Fiat.
The advance feature that Bolt in-houses is Electric Power Steering (EPS) developed by ZF. The EPS are said to be much lighter than the hydraulic assisted steering wheel thus adding much need ease to driver, as the Tata cars are believed to be a tough notch during cutting a corner. Talking about the safety features, the company has put a lot of effort in making this new hatch a lot more safer than the previous one. The car now features ABS, EBD, dual airbags and side intrusion beams among many others. Bolt is put against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo and Nissan Micra.
The newly unveiled Tata Bolt comes with a distinct style and appearance, which can steal your attention in the first glance itself. The company has blessed this new hatchback with its next-generation design language that renders it an aura of style and elegance. The company has designed this hatchback on the Tata Vista body platform and equipped it with striking new cosmetics. The front facade of this hatch is fitted with a sleekly designed headlight cluster that is incorporated with halogen lamps and turn indicator. This cluster surrounds a signature radiator grille with humanity lines that comes fitted with a chrome plated company logo. The manufacturer retained the design of the bumper from Vista model series and equipped it with a wide air intake and a pair of fog lamp bezels that gives a dynamic look to the frontage. The side profile of this hatch model remains quite identical to the Vista hatch model but the exterior mirrors get an aerodynamic design and incorporated with turn indicators. The ORVM caps and the door handles have been painted in body color. The company has fitted a chrome plated strip to the window sill that adds to the style of this hatch. The wheel arches have been fitted with a trendy set of 15-inch alloy wheels that adds an aura of elegance to the sides. The B and C pillars on the sides have been garnished with black, which gives it a contemporary look. The rear profile of this hatch is pretty, thanks to the stylishly designed boot lid that is surrounded by a sleekly crafted taillight cluster. There is a thick chrome plated strip fitted to the boot lid, just above the license plate and it is complimented by the company logo. The rear bumper is comes with dual toned scheme and it is fitted with a reflector that to the rear safety. The rear spoiler is pretty stylishly designed and it comes with a high mount stop lamp that gives it a full-fledged look.
This yet to be introduced hatchback comes with a total length of about 3825mm and with a total width of 1695mm. It has a pretty decent height of about 1550mm, which is quite good in comparison to other hatchbacks. On the other hand, the company built this car with a large wheelbase of about 2470mm.
The interiors have been done up impressively well unlike any other models in their fleet. The cockpit has an impressively designed dashboard with a flawless finish that simply grabs your attention. The company has given it a dual tone look with beige and black color scheme and accentuated it with metallic and chrome inserts. You can see the central console of the dashboard gets a lot of metallic inserts along with some chrome lining. The instrumental cluster is very sleek and it has received a chrome surround that gives a rich attributes to the interiors. The company has incorporated a number of aspects such as an AC unit, music system, advanced infotainment system and other utility based functions, which enhances the convenience of the occupants. The seats are well cushioned and have been covered with premium fabric upholstery, while the steering wheel is covered with leatherette material. One of the most important aspects about the interiors is its huge cabin space with a seating arrangement for five passengers with comfortable leg and shoulder space.
The company has not disclosed anything regarding the comfort features of this upcoming hatch. However, sources states that the company will be introducing this hatch in the premium segment with a very competitive price tag. According to the details, this yet to be introduced hatch will arrive with features including an HVAC system, power steering with tilt column, power windows with one touch operation, central locking, key less entry function, driver seat height adjuster are just to name a few. As per the details disclosed by the company, this hatch will also feature a Harman infotainment system integrated to a 5-inch touch screen display that also supports a music system, Bluetooth connectivity and provides support for portable USB and AUX-In devices. Here, for the convenience of the driver, the company has placed audio and call connectivity buttons on the steering wheel, which will be exciting for the customers.
This upcoming hatchback comes with pretty decent dimensions unlike the conventional hatchbacks. As it is based on the Tata Vista model platform, we can expect for a good leg and shoulder space inside. As per the details revealed by the company, this hatch has a front track of about 1450mm and a rear track of 1440, which is quite good.
This Tata Bolt hatch has managed to create a buzz around the automobile market with its engine specifications. The company is about to launch this hatchback series with both petrol and diesel engine options for the customers to choose from. The petrol version will be powered by a 1.2-litre Revotron engine that comes incorporated with a multi-point fuel injection system. The company developed this engine by integrating it with an intercooled turbo charging unit that enables it to produce a maximum 83.83Bhp at 5000rpm, while generating a peak torque output of about 140Nm at just 1750 to 3000rpm. This commanding torque output is delivered to the front wheels through an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel version comes fitted with a reliable 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine that comes with a total displacement capacity of 1248cc. The company has engineered this motor with 4-cylinders, and 16-valves and incorporated a multi-point fuel injection system. This allows the motor to generate a maximum power output of about 74Bhp at 4000rpm and results in churning out a peak torque output of about 190Nm at 1750 to 3000rpm. This diesel motor is coupled with a segment’s first 5-speed automated manual transmission gearbox that improves the overall performance and delivers a decent mileage. The company has claimed that the hatch comes with a payload capacity of about 425 Kgs, which is quite good.
The car maker has released some details regarding the technicalities of this hatch. The petrol powered Tata Bolt comes equipped with a 4-cylinder, 1.2-litre Revotron engine that can produce a maximum power output of about 83.83Bhp at 5000rpm, while yielding 140Nm of torque at 1750 to 3500rpm. On the other hand, its diesel version is powered by a 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine that can churn out 74Bhp of peak power at 4000rpm that result in generating a peak torque of 190Nm at 1750 to 3000rpm, which is rather good.
There is no official information regarding the acceleration and pickup of the upcoming Tata Bolt hatchback. The company is offering its diesel version with a 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel motor, which is currently powering the Vista hatch series. This motor allows the vehicle to cross the 100 Kmph speed barrier in about 16 to 17 seconds and it can reach a maximum speed of about 148 Kmph, which is quite good. On the other hand, its Revotron 1.2-litre petrol mill is expected to be perkier in terms of acceleration and pickup.
The upcoming Tata Bolt is the latest hatchback series in the company's model portfolio and it is unveiled with a 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel and 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine option. Its Quadrajet diesel motor is currently under the hood of Tata Vista hatchback and it is capable of delivering 22.3 Kmpl of maximum mileage. On the other hand, the company has not disclosed the mileage figures of the newly developed 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine. However, it is expected that the engine could return 18 to 19 Kmpl of mileage, which will be rather good.
Individuals who are looking to purchase the base and mid level variants can choose from wide range of accessories. Some of the interior accessories include leather seat covers, parking sensors, music system, navigation system and much more. In terms of exteriors, they can customize the vehicle with side moldings, rear spoilers and number of other features.
Coming to the braking aspects, this yet to be launched hatchback will be offered with a conventional disc and drum braking mechanism. Its front wheels will be equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas its rear ones will be fitted with a sturdy drum brakes. This braking mechanism will be assisted by the anti-lock braking system that reduces the skids by preventing from locking up. On the other hand, the company has also developed a cornering stability feature that will improve the handling aspects of this hatch.
According to the information available, this hatchback will be offered with an advanced electronic power assisted steering system with “Active Return” function along with a speed sensitive function, which will provide accurate response to the driver while maneuvering. On the other hand, its suspension system is highly robust that can take care of driving dynamics. Its front axle comes with dual path independent McPherson Strut system, while the rear axle is equipped with an independent 3-link McPherson Strut suspension system. This is further enhanced by the anti-roll bars.
At present, as per the details available, the upcoming Tata Bolt hatch will be introduced with a set of 15-inch trendy alloy wheels that adds to its style. On the other hand, its base versions are expected to be offered with a set of 14-inch steel wheels.
Impressive interiors, performance is good.
High cost of ownership.
Tata Motors is on the path of resurrection. When they launched the Horizonext strategy in June last year, the focus was to be on intense products, world-class manufacturing practices, rich customer purchase experience and consistent quality of service. The first product to come out of this strategy was the Tata Zest a few months back. The Zest has been doing good business since the launch and now Tata is launching the Bolt, the hatchback version to keep up the momentum. The launch will happen soon and here we take a look at the engine specifications and the features of the new Bolt.
The next-in-line for Tata after the Zest is its twin-hatch sibling Bolt, the hatch is expected to go on sale next month before the festive season. The recent spy shots of Bolt reveal interesting facts about Tata's new premium hatch. Speaking in this context, unlike the Zest, Bolt features an all-black interiors with a contrasting orange hue on top! This concept is common globally even the new i20 in Europe features a contrasting shades on dash.
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