The variant pictured here is the Bolt petrol in the XT trim (top-spec).
The Tata Bolt has had the curiosity of prospective buyers climbing. The hatchback comes in 4 trim levels, namely XE, XM, XMS and the top-end XT. The one that has the most hits, apparently, is the XMS variant. Another interesting turn of events for Tata Motors, is that the petrol variants of its latest cars such as the Zest compact sedan and the Bolt hatchback, are the ones that are in higher demand than their oil-burning siblings. Of course, one may say that Tata wanted to change its perception as a company that was predominantly known for its diesel cars.
Tata’s 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol motor.
With the sales of the petrol Zest picking up, the Bolt hatchback will soon, by the looks of it, follow the same trend. This is also, of course, helped by the ever diminishing gap between the prices of petrol fuel and diesel fuel. And the fact that Tata has offered some first-in-class features such as the Multi-Drive switches that let you choose between various driving modes, namely City, Eco and Sport. Add to this the fact that the petrol variants are cheaper to buy than their diesel equivalents, the outcome for Tata’s latest hatchback is quite obvious.
The XMS version of the BOLT, doesn’t come with automatic climate-control.
The XMS trim does without the touchscreen Harman infotainment system.
Those suave projector headlights are also not available on the XMS trim.
Another omission on the XMS, those 15-inch alloys.
As you can see, you will lose out on some of the extras that the top-spec XT variant comes with. But, Tata won’t make you feel short-changed on the safety front. The Bolt XMS comes with dual-front airbags, Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and Tata’s new Corner Stability Control (CSC), as standard. It also gets front seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners. As mentioned above, you will miss out on the touchscreen Harman infotainment system with voice-activated commands and also, you won’t get the smartphone-enabled navigation.
The Tata Bolt XMS trim is priced at Rs. 564,113 (ex-showroom, Mumbai). We feel, for the price, the XMS trim offers all the essential goodies and doesn’t do away with safety features. No wonder, this particular trim has got buyers so excited and we feel Tata Motors will sell quite a lot of the petrol-powered Bolt XMS in times to come.
Source – Autocar