Tata Motors has officially launched the Bolt hatchback in the country at an introductory price of Rs. 4.44 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi). The company has launched the Bolt hatchback in four trims - XE, XM, XMS, XT - in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. For your information, Bolt can be booked online at a pre-payment of Rs. 11,000 at company's website and it becomes India's first hatchback to offer a drive selector with three modes - Sports, City and Eco.
Talking about the Bolt, it was firstly unveiled by the home-grown automajor at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Being an all-new product, it adorns company's new design philosophy and is a part of Tata's HorizonNext strategy as its sibling Zest. Tata Bolt underpins the Vista platform which has been slightly modified for its accommodation. It flaunts smoked projector headlamps and would be available in five chic colors - Venetian Red, Pristine white, Platinum Silver, Dune Beige, and Sky Grey. Talking about the interior cabin of the hatchback, it boasts an segment-best ConnectNext Harman touch-screen infotainment system for music lovers with speed sensing volume function, albeit with top-end XT trim only.
The quality of plastic used in the interiors of Bolt is several notches higher than what we have seen in all the Tata vehicles so far. The Bolt hatch gets several segment first features such as video playback feature, voice recognition and many more. As for safety features, 9th Gen ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) by Bosch with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) and CSC (Corner stability Control) is on offer from mid trim onwards, and dual airbags are available with XMS and XT variants.
Mechanically, it has been launched in both petrol and diesel guises as the Zest sedan. The petrol variants are powered by the 1.2T Revotorn motor which dishes out a top power output of 89 bhp at 5000rpm and peak torque performance of 140Nm at 1500-4000rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variants in-house company's reliable Fiat-sourced 1.3L Multi-jet engine with maximum power of 73 bhp at 4000rpm and highest torque of 190Nm at 1750-3000rpm. But, unlike Zest, there is no AMT gearbox with the petrol or diesel variants of Bolt; instead, they are linked to company's conventional 5-speed manual gearbox. Tata Motors Bolt would challenge the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto EVO and Maruti Swift.
Check out the variant-wise pricing (Ex. Showroom, Delhi) below: