Tata Motors’ first launch for 2015 will be the Bolt B+ hatchback, a car lined up for a January debut. The Indian automaker has throw open online bookings for the Bolt. Prospective buyers can book the Bolt by registering here, and paying a sum of 11,000 rupees as the booking amount, which will be adjusted towards the final on-road price of the car. Once the booking is logged, the Bolt buyer will be directed to her/his nearest dealer, where the rest of the money needs to be paid and delivery formalities fulfilled. The Bolt is available with petrol and diesel engine options, in a choice of five paint shades.
The petrol motor of the Bolt is the REVOTRON 1.2 liter-4 cylinder unit that Tata Motors first introduced on the Zest compact sedan. This engine, good for 88 Bhp-140 Nm, will be supplemented by a 1.3 liter-4 cylinder Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine in 74 Bhp-190 Nm state of tune. Both engines will use 5 speed manual transmissions as standard fare with the turbo diesel motor likely to gain an automated manual transmission in the months to come. Considering the fact that the Bolt Diesel’s Multijet engine is available only in the lower state of tune, sharp pricing is on the cards for this hatchback.
When it comes to features and creature comforts, the Bolt hatchback is essentially a Zest without the stubby boot. The car is meant for car buyers who want a more affordable price tag but who can live with the smaller boot. Like the Zest, the Bolt uses Tata Motors’ X1 platform and is essentially a replacement to the Vista hatchback. The Vista will not be discontinued though. Instead, the car will be conscripted into taxi duty as it holds big appeal in terms of the space it offers on the inside and the attractive price points it sells at. The Bolt will be pricier than the Vista hatchback but less expensive than the Zest compact sedan.