The much awaited Tata Bolt has now been launched for all those who have been reviewing various options in the compact hatchback segment. While Tata Motors had already showed up its Bolt at its select dealership across India, the car has been officially launched today at a starting price of Rs. 4.44 lakhs. The company had given the option of free test drive for its potential customers and the car was also available for online bookings for Rs. 11,000 only.
Tata Motors had promised many new features in the Bolt. So what does the Bolt deliver?
Body Design: Going by Tata Motors claims, special attention has been given to Bolt’s design as the fit and finish of the Bolt has been given top priority by the company. Bolt’s design has been inspired by the Zest; just that it lacks the boot. The boot space in the Bolt is limited. The new smoked projector headlamps consolidates well with the new grille, making the Bolt look smarter. The car gets striking taillamps, however, it lacks the LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).
The bonnet under which the 1.2-litre Revotron turbo-charged engine has been deployed is slightly bulged out. The floating roof supported by the Matte black pillar gives the car a forward pouncing stance. Other exteriors include foglamps, rear spoiler and dynamic alloy wheels.
Engine: Bolt will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant will be powered by Revotron 1.2L turbocharged MPFi petrol engine that produces 90PS of power and 140 Nm of torque. The diesel engine will be powered by 75 PS Quadrajet diesel engine. Both the variants will be available with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
What’s inside the Bolt?
Last year, when Tata Motors had confirmed its plans to launch the Bolt, the company had assured that the premium hatchback will assure many features. The interiors sport a spacious cabin with generous amount of headroom and legroom space. The seats are large enough to ensure adequate comfort and the rear seats assure comfortable seating for three. The fresh new dashboard adds on to the ambience of the car’s interiors.
Analyzing the interiors in detail:
• Electric Power Steering: Equipped with the speed sensitive Electric Power Assisted Steering (ePAS), the electric power steering in the Bolt is light and can be used readily at lower speeds. This seems to be an interesting feature as this would help most of the Indians to manoeuvre in busy city traffic. Even at a higher speed, the electric steering ensures better control stability.
The ePAS is also equipped with active return feature which gets the steering back to its original position instantly, even after manoeuvring a frugal turn.
• Infotainment System: Tata Bolt might get a lot of ‘likes’ from the Facebook generation for its wide range of infotainment features. The infotainment section include the Harman sourced Central touchscreen, video playback via USB and SD card (while the car is stationary), touch screen controls for music system and auto AC, smartphone based navigation with MapMyIndia maps, Bluetooth connectivity, advance voice command recognition to make calls, control Ac or change tracks, notifications on incoming SMSes, surround audio system with four speakers and four tweeters, Speed Dependent Volume Control (SVC) for better sound quality at varying speeds. Besides that, USB, SD card and iPod connectivity to connect with multiple devices could also be found on board.
Will the Bolt give tough competition to Maruti Swift, Nissan Micra, VW Polo, Renault Pulse, Hyundai i10 Grand and other products positioned in the hatchback segment?
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