Tata Motors has launched the Bolt B+ segment hatchback in India. The car is available in petrol and diesel trims. The car rolls out from the Tata-Fiat joint manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon, near Pune. The hatchback starts from 4.44 lakh rupees, for the base petrol variant, while the diesel powered model starts at 5.49 lakh rupees. The Bolt is available in eight variants – XE, XM, XMS and XT, spread across the two engine options. Bookings for the car are already open. Test drives and deliveries will start from today.
Ex-Showroom “Introductory” Delhi prices of the car are as follows,
With the Bolt, Tata Motors has adopted an aggressive design language, which was first seen on the Zest. The floating roof design with a blacked out C pillar is a first for a car with the Tata badge. The idea is to target a younger audience. Both cars share parts and platforms, in this case the Indica X1 platform that has been tweaked suitably. The Indica connection ends with the platform as the top-hat is completely new and so are the interiors and a slew of new features.
The 1.2 liter REVOTRON turbocharged petrol engine was developed specifically for the Bolt and the Zest. This engine is meant to improve driveability in the city rather than deliver outright performance. This is a reason why power and torque outputs have been limited to 88 Bhp-140 Nm, with a focus on fuel efficiency and all-around performance. The diesel motor is India’s national engine, the much lauded 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet motor with 74 Bhp and 190 Nm.
The Bolt’s owners manual clearly mentions the AMT option, which means that the automatic option is in the works for the diesel engined variant. For now though, a five speed manual transmission is standard on both the petrol and diesel variants of the car. The Multi-Drive mode on the REVOTRON motor is a segment leading feature and so are the projector headlamps, the Harman touch screen infotainment interface and touch screen climate control.
In terms of safety features, top end variants of the car are equipped with SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, while a Bosch sourced ABS+EBD system along with cornering braking control is offered. The pricing on the car looks optimistic, more so since the Zest compact sedan is only 26,000 rupees pricier than its hatchback sibling. Also, the pricing is introductory, which naturally opens up the possibility of a hike in the coming months.