October 13, 2015:
Auto Giant, Tata Motors has introduced a special festive season Cash Back Bonanza offer on Tata Bolt between 1st Oct, 2015 to 15th Nov, 2015. This Special edition Bolt features Black Textured Roof, Bonnet and C- Pillars, Illuminated Scuff Plate, Sporty Rear Boot Spoiler, Celebration Edition body graphics and Celebration Edition badge along with accessories worth of INR 17,800 at just INR 12,900.
With the Bolt, Tata has made a huge comeback in the premium hatchback segment in India. The company’s earlier attempts to revive its budget car image with the Vista failed to a great extent. But it looks like with this vehicle, Tata has finally hit the right spot.
The basic structure of the Tata Bolt still reminds us of the Indica, but it’s a completely different machine underneath if we peel away its outer skin. The front features a familiar Tata face with the large sweptback headlamps which are adorned with decent amount of detailing. The front grille is marked by a chrome stripe which runs across its upper edge and touches the headlamps at both the ends. The circular fog lamps are highlighted by silver wing shaped fitments below it which add a touch of elegance to them. On the side, we get a black B and C-pillar with a sharp crease that runs along the shoulder of the Vehicle, slicing through the door handles. The back facia of the Bolt looks stylish as well with the only negative point being the taillights which feels quite small if compared to the rest of the attributes. Other than that we get a roof mounted spoiler, a think chrome strip above the licence plate and black plastic treatment on the bumper.
Tata has totally surprised everyone with the interior design philosophy of the Bolt. The cabin feels sporty and stylish combined with good material quality. The Bolt features an all-black colour scheme which is highlighted by silver inserts on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels. The instrument cluster shares its hood with the central air con vents, carving a sharp look out of them. On the central console we get a screen enabled multimedia system along with the dial operated air con control unit. The Bolt gets steering mounted controls which are outlined by shiny piano black inserts which add to the premium feel. Apart from the glove box, the vehicle gets average sized door pockets to store your stuff along with the central tunnel housed cup holders. The back seats are adequately spacious with decent amount of leg room and enough space to seat 2 individuals, though 3 abreast might be a squeeze. The space in the boot is mediocre and is hampered by the suspension mounts.
Engine and performance
The Tata Bolt gets a 1.2 litre ‘Revotron’ turbocharged engine which produces 90bhp and 140Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission which transfers its power to the front wheels. The vehicle also gets a 1.3 litre diesel engine as well. Churning out 75bhp and 190Nm of torque, this oil burner is also mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai Elite i20, Fiat Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz and Maruti Suzuki Swift are some of the Tata Bolt’s contenders.