The upcoming Tata Bolt B+ segment hatchback was spotted testing at Pune, sans camouflage. The lack of camouflage on the test mule indicates that the car is launch ready, and all set to hit Indian roads in the second half of this year. From the spyshots, we can make out that little has changed in design terms, ever since the Bolt was officially unveiled in the run up to the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The production of the Bolt will get underway at Tata Motors’ Pimpri factory from June 2014. The hatchback is based on Tata Motors’ X1 platform, but uses a brand new top hat.
The Bolt will feature turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The turbo petrol motor will be the 1.2 liter REVOTRON unit good for 84 Bhp and 140 Nm. The Bolt is likely to be the least priced turbo petrol hatchback to be sold in India, and in that light will bring in turbo petrol power to affordable levels. The turbo diesel motor will be the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet unit with the 75 Bhp-190 Nm output. 5 speed manual gearboxes will be standard with both engine options. The Bolt will also get the latest range in the Indian car scene, the automatic manual transmission technology.
Both the petrol and diesel variants of the Bolt are likely to be equipped with AMT technology. The lower price of AMT technology, when compared with conventional torque converter/CVT automatics, will mean that the Bolt AMT, in petrol and diesel guises, will undercut other automatic hatchbacks. The car will also get a touch screen infotainment unit from Harman, another class leading feature. On the whole, the Tata Bolt hatchback aims to give Tata Motors a shot in the arm in terms of sales numbers in the B+ segment, a sector in which the company hasn’t been strong.
Spyshots courtesy AutoColumn