It’s official. Tata Motors will launch the much anticipated Bolt B+ segment hatchback in India on the 20th of January 2015. The launch will happen at Mumbai, and will be Tata Motors’ first big ticket launch for the new year. Sharing the X1 platform and majority of parts with the hot selling Zest compact sedan, the Bolt will be positioned under the Zest in terms of pricing. Gauging by Tata Motors’ typically sharp pricing strategies, the Bolt is likely to start a little under 4 lakh rupees, with our money on a 3.99 lakh rupee introductory price tag. Bookings of the Bolt are already open in India. Deliveries will commence soon after the launch.
In terms of engines and transmissions, the Bolt will mirror the manual gearbox equipped Zest in offering the 1.2 liter REVOTRON turbo petrol (88 Bhp-140 Nm) and 1.3 liter (74 Bhp-190 Nm) Fiat Multijet motors. While five speed manual transmissions will be standard on both cars, an automated manual transmission option for the turbo petrol motor is likely to make the cut in times to come. The Bolt will replace the Indica Vista, which will be redeployed as a cab-only hatchback. The Bolt is a part of Tata Motors’ HORIZONEXT strategy, which aims to recapture marketshare with a slew of attractive, high quality vehicles.
The Bolt hatchback comes with all-black interiors and a slew of features that are also on offer in the Zest compact sedan. In terms of new features, the smartphone connected navigation system makes it to the touchscreen interface of the Bolt hatchback, along with a climate control feature also integrated into the touchscreen. The car’s petrol variant also gets the driver selectable multi-mode option. Tata Motors is likely to position the Bolt as a value priced offering that packs in premium and class leading features, right from the mechanicals to the equipment on board. CarToq has already driven the Bolt’s turbo petrol variant. Here’s our first drive review.