2015 Tata Bolt Hatchback – All you need to know

Media drives of the Tata Bolt B+ segment hatchback are on and official details about the car are already out. While there is an embargo in place for the review, the technical specifications and other details of the car have been revealed. The Bolt will replace the Indica Vista in India, with the latter getting repositioned to operate in the taxi market. The Bolt hatchback will share its turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, and most of its features with the larger and pricier Zest compact sedan. The 1.2 liter REVOTRON turbo petrol and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel motors will do duty on the Bolt hatchback.

On the Bolt, the REVOTRON turbo petrol engine will feature the same state of tune that is offered with the Zest compact sedan, with peak power and torque outputs rated at 88 Bhp and 140 Nm. The turbo diesel engine, will be offered in the 74 Bhp-190  Nm state of tune, which is similar to the state of tune that the Zest’s base diesel variant comes with. Five speed manual transmissions are standard on both the petrol and diesel motors. Tata Motors is likely to launch the AMT equipped Bolt Diesel in the months to come, considering the low supply of this part from Magneti Marelli, the Italian vendor that builds the AMT.

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At the time of launch though, the Bolt hatchback will operate with manual transmissions. The Bolt measures 3,825 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width and 1,562 mm in height. The car gets a wheelbase of 2,470 mm while ground clearance is rated at 165 mm. The top end variant of the car rides on 15 inch alloy wheels, shod with 175/65 R15 tyres. The car’s petrol variants weigh between 1,095 Kg-1,125 Kg while the diesel variants weigh between 1,130 Kg-1,160 Kg. The closely matched weights of different petrol and diesel variants of the Bolt indicate that even the lower variants of the hatchback are likely to be stuffed with features, a strategy Tata Motors followed to good effect on the Zest compact sedan, which is the automaker’s best seller.

The car is based on a tweaked X1 platform, which it shares with the Vista. However, the body shell is new, with a new design that signifies aggression. Tata Motors’ claims to have extensively worked on improving the ride and handling package of the Bolt, in order to deliver a fun to drive car. In terms of pricing, the Bolt hatchback will undercut the Zest compact sedan. Expect a starting price tag close to the 4 lakh rupees mark for the Bolt turbo petrol variant, with the diesel engined model to be priced about a lakh rupees higher. Talking of the features that the Bolt will be fettled with, the car comes with equipment similar to the Zest compact sedan.

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The top-end variants of the Bolt will feature the following:

  • Projector headlamps
  • LED turn indicators mounted on wing mirrors
  • “Follow me home” feature for the headlamps
  • Ambient lighting
  • Chrome finish for gear knob, center console and AC vents
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • ABS+EBD with cornering brake control
  • Multi information display
  • 8 speaker stereo with USB, AUX, SD Card and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Harman touchscreen infotainment interface with map reading ability
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Automatic climate control with control functions through the touchscreen infotainment system
  • Adjustable headrests on four seats
  • Tilt steering and electrically adjustable wing mirrors