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First Drive: Tata Bolt

Introduce

The Bolt is Tata Motors’ second vehicle under the HorizoNext moniker, which will be launched not only lớn bring more value in the hatchback segment, but also lớn remove the ‘taxi image’ that its predecessor created. out. Zest has been a huge success in the passenger car market and the hatchback is expected lớn enhance its image.

One thing common lớn all Tata hatchbacks is that they offer great value and the Bolt is not expected lớn make any difference. The first drive in Udaipur after that was also lớn find out if it was different enough lớn move away from the baggage that came with the Indica badge.

Look

There are many similarities between Bolt and Vista because they are based on the same platform. The dimensions and stance are pretty much the same and in fact, from the front, the Bolt looks like a more upscale, more equipped version of the Indica Vista hatchback.

The bonnet has V-shaped creases in the center and a pair of lines on the side that form a contour. However, it resembles Vista in silhouette. The front grille with the chrome stripe at the top is the same as that of the Vista, only slightly different. On the other hand, the new headlights look very nice with the black interior and the first projector lights in the segment. The chrome element at the bottom of the lamp looks like a DRL LED, although these are just reflectors. The front bumper is large and sculpted with an equally large trapezoidal dam. It also has a chrome-inserted fog light panel.

The side profile has the look of a high-end hatchback with thick shoulder and waist lines, turn signals on the rearview mirror, and 15-inch alloy wheels. Tata was the first Indian manufacturer lớn try a floating roof over a hatchback with a black painted C-pillar at the 2014 Auto Show. However, the Hyundai i20 beat it at launch and so it should make you think. lớn Hyundai’s premium hatch. Also, the bad thing here is that the black element is just a vinyl (sticker), unlike the black body panel that the Korean manufacturer uses.

The rear design is unlike any other Tata car. The rear bumper is extremely fat and molded in an interesting shape with pointed tips. The rear light panel has a compact, horizontal design; very different from the vertical design of the Christmas tree that we often see on Tata cars. It also has a chrome stripe along with Bolt, Revotron and XT (variant) badging.

The overall design of the Tata Bolt is beautiful and the car certainly looks premium. However, I was hoping that the new hatchback would completely abandon the Indica design and, therefore, I’m not too happy that the front end is still reminiscent of the Vista. I know I sound cheesy here but, it’s probably a little easier lớn get the bolt out of the Indica, than it is lớn get the Indica out of the bolt.

inland

Tata has tried lớn position the Bolt as a sports hatchback and it has this all-black themed interior. The fit and finish are largely improved over the rest of the Tata hatchbacks, and the overall design is identical lớn that of the Zest, only darker with a Java black finish. Dark colors do not change the viewing angle of the cabin; it is still the largest in the segment and can comfortably fit three people on the rear bench.

Bolt has a lot of cool features starting from the Harman music system with eight speakers much better than the competition. It’s similar lớn the Zest, but now it has two additional features – an infotainment system that can play videos and, more importantly, acts as an interface lớn the navigation map provided lớn the owner. at the time of vehicle purchase. Navigation is a very interesting and affordable solution that will likely be replicated by many in the coming months.

This hatchback isn’t the most feature-rich, that tag still goes lớn the Hyundai Grand i10. While it has climate control, segment-first projector headlights, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and voice commands, features like keyless entry and rear AC vents are lost. short. Also, the interior design could be better; there’s only one bottle holder in the front and there’s barely any room lớn keep a cell phone and wallet. The old platform also affects trunk space, which at 210 liters is larger than the Maruti Swift, but much smaller than the Ford Figo and Hyundai Grand i10.

The Bolt doesn’t feel like any previous Tata car, it feels premium and that’s a big plus. However, I would be more than happy lớn have a little more thought lớn develop an ergonomic design.

Performance

We drove the petrol version of the Bolt in Udaipur, powered by their new 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron engine. The car has a best-in-class output of 89hp and 140Nm, along with variable power modes for performance and efficiency. The Bolt shares its powertrain with the Zest compact sedan, however, the gearshifts are shorter for a refreshing ride. The five-speed transmission is smooth and with short throws creating an aggressive driving feel.

Three power modes – City, Eco and Sport, altering engine performance as required. By default the car is always in City mode with a balance between power and efficiency, in Eco mode the performance is noticeably underpowered and shows its full potential only in Sport. It impacts performance by altering the fuel supply lớn the engine through the ECU.

The car feels reluctant lớn hit the road in Eco and City modes; Both Rohan and I have stalled the car a few times. Things are a lot better in Sport mode, though, and I highly recommend switching lớn it lớn impede traffic. The turbo engine spins at around 1,800 rpm and power delivery is very linear.

The biggest advantage of this engine is the top torque figure and there’s no need lớn downshift lớn get a quick overdrive. It has a roomy end for a gas-powered hatchback, good enough lớn get out of a pinch. We managed only 100kph in our short run, but getting there doesn’t require much effort. The safety aspect has not been overlooked and the Bolt has two airbags, ABS-EBD and CSC (Corner Stability Control) at least with the top-end XT variant.

The onboard computer showed we hit 15kpl through our 80km test run, which is decent for a car with a shorter gear ratio. The Bolt will also be available with a 1.3-litre multi-injection diesel engine with 75bhp and 190Nm of torque – that’s the same engine and configuration as the Tata Vista, Suzuki Swift and several others in the segment. segment.

Tata does not offer the AMT transmission from Zest for the diesel hatchback at this time but we expect it lớn become part of the range soon, as the first diesel AT hatchback in the segment. .

Ride & Handling

The ride quality at city speeds is surprisingly good. We went through some potholes in the city of Udaipur and the Bolt flattened everything without a single squeak entering the cabin. It feels soft and Tata has used a new two-way suspension at the front, which improves handling without compromising on ride.

Unfortunately, we didn’t exactly test the handling in our short haul, though it doesn’t appear lớn be as sharp as one would expect from a car positioned for enthusiasts. The new electric power steering is excellent at city speeds and also has a decent weight for the highway. Like in all EPS (electronic power steering) on ​​budget cars, the feeling is lacking; however, this provides good feedback. NVH levels are decent even at high speeds and some of the credit goes lớn the GoodYear 175/65 R15 tyres.

Identify

Bolt ticks all the right boxes in terms of performance, space, and features. It matches the USP – Tata’s largest cabin space, the hatchback in terms of cabin space is larger than all the competition. The performance of the new turbocharged petrol engine is also better than that of the competition; it’s a first segment and even takes the refinement lớn the next màn chơi. The Tata may not match the Hyundai in the feature list by volume, but things like the Sat Nav interface and projector headlights are actually more useful.

The most important thing Tata did was move away from the Indica badge. The new car will consciously stay out of the car market, assuring customers that the brand will never be branded as ‘taxi’. The only thing that still works against the Bolt, is the silhouette and the front of the Indica. However, even that has been much altered and should not be seen as a major obstacle in giving it a chance.

Tata Bolt


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First Drive: Tata Bolt
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Introduction
The Bolt is the second car from Tata Motors under HorizoNext, which will be launched not only lớn offer more value in the hatchback segment, but also lớn move away from the ‘taxi image’ created by its predecessor. The Zest is already doing great in the passenger car market and the hatchback is further expected lớn boost its image.
The one thing common lớn all Tata hatchbacks is that they offer great value and the Bolt was not expected lớn be any different. The first drive in Udaipur then was also lớn find out if it is different enough lớn move away from the baggage that comes with the Indica badge.LooksThere are ample similarities between the Bolt and the Vista since they are based on the same platform. The dimensions and stance is pretty similar and in fact, from the front, the Bolt looks like a premium, more accessorised version of the Indica Vista hatchback.

The bonnet gets V-shaped creases at the centre and a pair of lines on the side that sort of form a border. It is however same as that of the Vista in silhouette. The front grille with chrome stripe on the top is also like that of the Vista, only a little more defined. The new headlamps on the other hand look very nice with the blacked-out interior and the segment first projector units. The chrome element at the bottom of the lamps look like LED DRLs, though these are just reflectors. The front bumper is big and sculpted with an equally big trapezoidal air dam. It also houses the fog lamp console that gets chrome inserts.

The side profile has the looks of a premium hatchback with a thick shoulder and waist line, turn indicators on the wing mirrors and 15-inch alloy wheels. Tata was the first Indian manufacturer lớn try the floating roof on the hatchback with blacked-out C-pillar at the 2014 Auto Expo. However, the Hyundai i20 beat it lớn the launch and hence this get up will remind you of Hyundai’s premium hatch. Also the bad thing here is that the black element is just a vinyl (sticker), unlike the black coloured body panel used by the Korean manufacturer.

The rear design is unlike any of the Tata cars. The bumper at the back is again extremely fat and is moulded in an interesting shape with pointed ends. The tail lamp console is compact and horizontal; a lot different from the Christmas tree-styled vertical design we are used lớn seeing on the Tata cars. It also gets a chrome stripe along with the Bolt, Revotron and XT (variant) badging.
The overall design of the Tata Bolt is nice and the car certainly looks premium. However, I was hoping that the new hatchback would completely move away from the Indica design and hence am not too happy that the front still is reminiscent of the Vista. I know I am sounding cheesy here but, probably it will be a little easier lớn get bolts out of the Indica, than lớn get Indica out of the Bolt.Interior
Tata has tried lớn position the Bolt as a sporty hatchback and it gets an all-black interior following this theme. The fit and finish is largely improved compared lớn the rest of the Tata hatchbacks and the overall design is exactly like that of the Zest, only darker with Java black finish. The dark colour doesn’t change the perspective of the cabin though; it is still the biggest in the segment and can comfortably fit three on the rear bench.

The Bolt gets a lot of interesting features starting with the Harman music system with eight speakers that is way better than the competition. It is same from the Zest, but it now gets two more additional features – the infotainment system can play videos and more importantly work as an interface for navigation maps that are provided lớn the owner at the time of buying the car. The navigation is a very interesting and affordable solution, which will probably be replicated by many in the coming months.

This hatchback is not the most feature rich car, that tag still belongs lớn the Hyundai Grand i10. While it gets climate control, segment first projector headlamps, steering mounted audio control and voice command, features like keyless start and rear AC vents are missing. Also the interior design could have been better; there is only one bottle holder at the front and hardly any place lớn keep the mobile and wallet. The old platform has also affected the boot space, at 210 litres it is bigger than that of the Maruti Swift, but lot smaller in comparison lớn the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10.

The Bolt does not feel like any of the previous Tata cars, it feels premium and that is a big plus. However, I would have been happier if a little more thought would have gone into developing an ergonomic design.Performance
We drove the petrol version of the Bolt in Udaipur, powered by their new 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron engine. The car has the segment best power figures of 89bhp and 140Nm of torque, along with the innovative power modes that can be changed for performance and efficiency. The Bolt shares its drivetrain with the Zest compact sedan, however, the gearing is shorter for spirited driving. The five-speed gearbox is slick and with the short throws feels like made for enthusiastic driving.

The three power modes – City, Eco and Sport, alter the engine performance as required. By default, the car is always in City mode with a balance of power and efficiency, in Eco mode the performance is noticeably dull for efficiency and shows its full potential only in the Sport mode. It plays with the performance by changing the fuel supply lớn the engine via the ECU.
The car feels reluctant lớn get off the line in Eco and City mode; both Rohan and I stalled the car couple of times. Things are a lot better in Sport mode though and I would actually advise switching lớn this for bumper lớn bumper traffic. The turbo spools at around 1,800rpm and the power delivery is very linear.
The biggest advantage of this engine is the class leading torque figure and there is no need lớn down a gear for quick overtake. It has ample bottom end grunt for a petrol hatchback, which is good enough lớn get out of a sticky situation. We barely managed 100kph on our short drive, but getting there didn’t require much effort. The safety aspect has not been ignored and the Bolt gets two airbags, ABS-EBD and CSC (Corner Stability Control) at least with the top-end XT variant.
The on-board computer suggested we got 15kpl through our 80km test run, decent figures for a car with shorter gear ratios. The Bolt will also be available with the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine delivering 75bhp and 190Nm of torque – it is the same engine and configuration that powers the Tata Vista, Suzuki Swift and a couple of other cars in the segment.
Tata is not offering the AMT transmission from the Zest with the diesel hatchback at this moment but we are hoping it will be part of the range soon, as the first diesel AT hatchback in the segment.
Ride & Handling
The ride quality at city speeds is surprisingly good. We went through a number of potholes in Udaipur city and the Bolt managed lớn flatten everything without even a squeak entering the cabin. It feels soft and Tata has used a new dual path suspension at the front that has also improved the handling without compromising the ride.

Unfortunately we didn’t get lớn properly test the handling in our short drive, though it seems that it is not as crisp as one would expect from a car that is intended lớn be positioned for the enthusiasts. The new electric power steering is wonderful at city speeds and also weighs up pretty well for the highways. Like in all the EPS (electronic power steering) on budget cars, the feel is lacking; however, this one provides decent feedback. The NVH levels are decent even at high speeds and the part of the credit goes lớn the GoodYear 175/65 R15 tyres.Verdict
The Bolt ticks all the right boxes in terms on performance, space and features. It is in line with Tata’s biggest USP – cabin space, the hatchback in terms of cabin space is bigger than all the competitors. The performance of the new turbocharged petrol engine is also better than the rivals; it is a segment first and even takes the refinement lớn the next màn chơi. Tata may not have matched Hyundai on the features list by numbers, but things like Sat Nav interface and projector headlamps are actually more useful lớn have.
Most important thing that Tata has done is move away from the Indica badge. The new car will consciously be kept away from the fleet market, assuring the customers that the brand will never be tagged as a ‘taxi’. The only thing that still works against the Bolt, is the silhouette and front of the Indica. However, even that is heavily altered and should not be considered a big hurdle in giving it a chance.Tata Bolt
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#Drive #Tata #Bolt
Introduction
The Bolt is the second car from Tata Motors under HorizoNext, which will be launched not only lớn offer more value in the hatchback segment, but also lớn move away from the ‘taxi image’ created by its predecessor. The Zest is already doing great in the passenger car market and the hatchback is further expected lớn boost its image.
The one thing common lớn all Tata hatchbacks is that they offer great value and the Bolt was not expected lớn be any different. The first drive in Udaipur then was also lớn find out if it is different enough lớn move away from the baggage that comes with the Indica badge.LooksThere are ample similarities between the Bolt and the Vista since they are based on the same platform. The dimensions and stance is pretty similar and in fact, from the front, the Bolt looks like a premium, more accessorised version of the Indica Vista hatchback.

The bonnet gets V-shaped creases at the centre and a pair of lines on the side that sort of form a border. It is however same as that of the Vista in silhouette. The front grille with chrome stripe on the top is also like that of the Vista, only a little more defined. The new headlamps on the other hand look very nice with the blacked-out interior and the segment first projector units. The chrome element at the bottom of the lamps look like LED DRLs, though these are just reflectors. The front bumper is big and sculpted with an equally big trapezoidal air dam. It also houses the fog lamp console that gets chrome inserts.

The side profile has the looks of a premium hatchback with a thick shoulder and waist line, turn indicators on the wing mirrors and 15-inch alloy wheels. Tata was the first Indian manufacturer lớn try the floating roof on the hatchback with blacked-out C-pillar at the 2014 Auto Expo. However, the Hyundai i20 beat it lớn the launch and hence this get up will remind you of Hyundai’s premium hatch. Also the bad thing here is that the black element is just a vinyl (sticker), unlike the black coloured body panel used by the Korean manufacturer.

The rear design is unlike any of the Tata cars. The bumper at the back is again extremely fat and is moulded in an interesting shape with pointed ends. The tail lamp console is compact and horizontal; a lot different from the Christmas tree-styled vertical design we are used lớn seeing on the Tata cars. It also gets a chrome stripe along with the Bolt, Revotron and XT (variant) badging.
The overall design of the Tata Bolt is nice and the car certainly looks premium. However, I was hoping that the new hatchback would completely move away from the Indica design and hence am not too happy that the front still is reminiscent of the Vista. I know I am sounding cheesy here but, probably it will be a little easier lớn get bolts out of the Indica, than lớn get Indica out of the Bolt.Interior
Tata has tried lớn position the Bolt as a sporty hatchback and it gets an all-black interior following this theme. The fit and finish is largely improved compared lớn the rest of the Tata hatchbacks and the overall design is exactly like that of the Zest, only darker with Java black finish. The dark colour doesn’t change the perspective of the cabin though; it is still the biggest in the segment and can comfortably fit three on the rear bench.

The Bolt gets a lot of interesting features starting with the Harman music system with eight speakers that is way better than the competition. It is same from the Zest, but it now gets two more additional features – the infotainment system can play videos and more importantly work as an interface for navigation maps that are provided lớn the owner at the time of buying the car. The navigation is a very interesting and affordable solution, which will probably be replicated by many in the coming months.

This hatchback is not the most feature rich car, that tag still belongs lớn the Hyundai Grand i10. While it gets climate control, segment first projector headlamps, steering mounted audio control and voice command, features like keyless start and rear AC vents are missing. Also the interior design could have been better; there is only one bottle holder at the front and hardly any place lớn keep the mobile and wallet. The old platform has also affected the boot space, at 210 litres it is bigger than that of the Maruti Swift, but lot smaller in comparison lớn the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10.

The Bolt does not feel like any of the previous Tata cars, it feels premium and that is a big plus. However, I would have been happier if a little more thought would have gone into developing an ergonomic design.Performance
We drove the petrol version of the Bolt in Udaipur, powered by their new 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron engine. The car has the segment best power figures of 89bhp and 140Nm of torque, along with the innovative power modes that can be changed for performance and efficiency. The Bolt shares its drivetrain with the Zest compact sedan, however, the gearing is shorter for spirited driving. The five-speed gearbox is slick and with the short throws feels like made for enthusiastic driving.

The three power modes – City, Eco and Sport, alter the engine performance as required. By default, the car is always in City mode with a balance of power and efficiency, in Eco mode the performance is noticeably dull for efficiency and shows its full potential only in the Sport mode. It plays with the performance by changing the fuel supply lớn the engine via the ECU.
The car feels reluctant lớn get off the line in Eco and City mode; both Rohan and I stalled the car couple of times. Things are a lot better in Sport mode though and I would actually advise switching lớn this for bumper lớn bumper traffic. The turbo spools at around 1,800rpm and the power delivery is very linear.
The biggest advantage of this engine is the class leading torque figure and there is no need lớn down a gear for quick overtake. It has ample bottom end grunt for a petrol hatchback, which is good enough lớn get out of a sticky situation. We barely managed 100kph on our short drive, but getting there didn’t require much effort. The safety aspect has not been ignored and the Bolt gets two airbags, ABS-EBD and CSC (Corner Stability Control) at least with the top-end XT variant.
The on-board computer suggested we got 15kpl through our 80km test run, decent figures for a car with shorter gear ratios. The Bolt will also be available with the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine delivering 75bhp and 190Nm of torque – it is the same engine and configuration that powers the Tata Vista, Suzuki Swift and a couple of other cars in the segment.
Tata is not offering the AMT transmission from the Zest with the diesel hatchback at this moment but we are hoping it will be part of the range soon, as the first diesel AT hatchback in the segment.
Ride & Handling
The ride quality at city speeds is surprisingly good. We went through a number of potholes in Udaipur city and the Bolt managed lớn flatten everything without even a squeak entering the cabin. It feels soft and Tata has used a new dual path suspension at the front that has also improved the handling without compromising the ride.

Unfortunately we didn’t get lớn properly test the handling in our short drive, though it seems that it is not as crisp as one would expect from a car that is intended lớn be positioned for the enthusiasts. The new electric power steering is wonderful at city speeds and also weighs up pretty well for the highways. Like in all the EPS (electronic power steering) on budget cars, the feel is lacking; however, this one provides decent feedback. The NVH levels are decent even at high speeds and the part of the credit goes lớn the GoodYear 175/65 R15 tyres.Verdict
The Bolt ticks all the right boxes in terms on performance, space and features. It is in line with Tata’s biggest USP – cabin space, the hatchback in terms of cabin space is bigger than all the competitors. The performance of the new turbocharged petrol engine is also better than the rivals; it is a segment first and even takes the refinement lớn the next màn chơi. Tata may not have matched Hyundai on the features list by numbers, but things like Sat Nav interface and projector headlamps are actually more useful lớn have.
Most important thing that Tata has done is move away from the Indica badge. The new car will consciously be kept away from the fleet market, assuring the customers that the brand will never be tagged as a ‘taxi’. The only thing that still works against the Bolt, is the silhouette and front of the Indica. However, even that is heavily altered and should not be considered a big hurdle in giving it a chance.Tata Bolt

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