When was the last time you hailed a cab at your door-step? The last time I did, it was a Tata, a Manza to be precise, with the front seat pushed all the way forward for some sumptuousness in the back. All that’s pretty good, but apparently, because of these Tatas being the hot favorite amongst taxi fleet operators, the passenger car division’s image for individual customers has taken a slight beating. A miffed Mayank Parekh, president of Tata Motors’ passenger vehicle business, has now stated that the new Bolt and the Zest will not be made available to taxi fleet operators.
To be made available in both petrol and diesel guises, the Tata Bolt petrol will be the segment’s first hatchback to be powered by a turbocharged, 1.2-litre MPFI engine that will be equipped with selectable driving modes while the Diesel version will be powered by a 1248 cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Tata hasn’t skimped on safety and has equipped the car with ABS, Corner stability control and Airbags. It will also feature a touchscreen multimedia system by Harman that will recognize voice commands, play videos, read out SMS notifications, include touch control for the air-conditioner and smart phone based navigation via mapmyindia. The Bolt will also come fitted with first-in-segment smoked projector headlamps.
For more on the Bolt, read our exhaustive review here