Tata Motor’s upcoming hatchback, Bolt has been spotted yet again, this time though sans any camouflage by Autocolumn.com. Yes, it sure has been raining spy shots for the Bolt (as well as the Zest) this season but this brings an air of freshness.
The sporty projector headlamps, which had been missing on quite a few test mules in the recent times, make a comeback and hints at a higher variant on test. The alloy wheels this mule is sporting are boring and different from the car which was displayed while unveiling. We hope the production model gets those smart looking ones. Further, the presence of the rear wind screen wiper adds more proof to the fact that it’s a top end version.
Even though the Bolt has a new design but certain signature characteristics of its parent, the Indica Vista, have crept in for sure and one can unmistakeably say it is an evolved Vista! Even after that, the car does look fresher and is probably the best looking car from Tata’s stable, after may be the Xenon XT.
The test mule spotted near Pune seems to be production ready. The handsome dose of chrome reaches the borderline, beyond which it can be labelled as excess. Post Maruti Suzuki Celerio, every car has been dying to boast of an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The Bolt being no saint, is supposed to follow suit though no confirmation has been made by the company yet.
Bolt will be charged by the newly developed 1.2L turbocharged Revotron petrol motor and the 1.3L Multijet diesel engine. The Bolt (and the Zest) have been designed with active inputs from Tata’s design centres in Pune in India, Coventry in UK and Turin in Italy. These new cars are to fight Tata’s crusades, attempting to save Tata Motors ailing fortunes, and will be sold in India as well as in international markets.
With the Bolt shedding off all its camouflage, we believe Tata is targeting a launch sooner than we expected. According to the last information we had, Zest is expected to be launched sometime in June with Bolt following a couple of months later. But going by the updates, we would not be surprised if we see a launch mailer sooner in our mailboxes!