The automotive media grapevine is abuzz that Tata Motors has possibly missed a party trick by omitting an automated manual transmission option for the Bolt B+ segment hatchback. But has it? Well, according to the owners manual of the Tata Bolt, the AMT option clearly exists and manuals are published keeping future possibilities in mind.
In line with CarToq’s expectations, the Bolt AMT will indeed materialize, albeit at a later point in time. The delay in the launch of the Bolt AMT has to do with Magneti Marelli, the Italian parts maker entrusted with the AMT unit, struggling to meet the stiff demand for the part from multiple car makers in India, in this case Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors.
The turbo petrol and turbo diesel engined variants of the Bolt B+ segment hatchback will be launched in India during early 2015, with the AMT spec diesel variant to follow a few months down the line. In the coming years, almost all of Tata Motors’ range of passenger and commercial vehicles could feature the AMT option, what with the automaker working with independent suppliers in India to indigenize the AMT technology.
The only Tata car to currently feature an AMT option is the Zest compact sedan and the offtake of the AMT variant has been extremely encouraging. The AMT option on the diesel powered Zest is a major differentiating factor for the car in India’s hotly competitive compact sedan segment.
In this light, the Bolt Diesel with the AMT option has the making of the first diesel automatic hatchback in the country, and the diesel-AMT combination will be a major selling point of the car. The Bolt, which shares its X1 platform with the Zest, gains a navigation module on its touch screen interface. The module works by pairing with the navigation feature of a smartphone.
Other features of the Bolt are similar to those offered on the Zest. The Bolt will be priced lower than equivalent variants of the Zest and will be one of the best finished Tata cars in recent times. Knowing Tata Motors’ traditional value pricing strategy, the Bolt is likely to arrive with a cracking price tag close to the 4 lakh rupee mark.