Tata Motors is said to be working on a brand new Bolt variant, one that puts hot next to the B+ hatchback’s name. The new variant of the Bolt will also spearhead Tata Motors’ performance sub-brand, which the automaker will launch in the second half of this year, in a bid to add excitement to its car range sold in India. The hopped up Bolt will feature the 1.2 liter REVOTRON turbo petrol motor with 120 Bhp of peak power, a near 33 % bump up over the motor’s regular output of 88 Bhp. The power increase is also likely to be accompanied by a significant torque boost, up from the current 140 Nm level.
A new gearbox, in this case the C501 unit that handles 190-200 Nm of peak torque on Tata cars equipped with the Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine, will be mated to the higher powered REVOTRON turbo petrol motor. While the front wheel drive layout will be retained, a more squat stance is said to be in order for the high performance Bolt variant. 17 inch wheels, a stiffer suspension set up and a lowered stance are the other changes to go with the increased power and torque outputs. A body kit that emphasizes the car’s sporty intent is another likely addition. The interiors of the car are also expected to reflect the 120 Bhp Bolt’s greater performance on tap.
The Indian hatchback car buyer has gradually begun accepting high performance offerings. The Volkswagen Polo GT twins’ success that has prompted the German brand into considering the Polo GTI for India is one such indicator. In the coming months, a high performance turbo petrol T-Jet motor equipped Punto EVO will make it to the Indian car market. The Toyota Etios Cross is already available with a 1.5 liter petrol engine, excise considerations notwithstanding while the upcoming Honda Jazz is also expected to bring a bigger, 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine to its Indian line up. In evolving circumstances such as these, a performance oriented sub-brand from Tata Motors comes as the next logical steps for hatchbacks sold in India, a fast maturing car market.