Indian car market saw sluggish sales figures this year due to slowdown in the economy. Tata Motors recently shut its Sanand production facility in Gujarat temporarily due to lack of sales of its small car, Nano.
Now, hopes of Tata Motors’ revival lies on the two new launches scheduled for this year – Bolt and Zest. Tata introduced the hatchback Bolt and compact sedan Zest at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi. The test mules of the new Bolt have been spotted number of times and images of this new hatchback in pipeline have surfaced from various cities of India. Tata Bolt would be a B+ segment hatchback and would compete against Hyundai’s i20 and Suzuki’s Swift.
The latest images have surfaced from Bikaner, Rajasthan. Tata seems to be testing this car in Rajasthan for extreme weather conditions as the temperatures in this part of the country hover around 50 degree Celsius during this season.
The new Tata Bolt would be powered a freshly developed turbocharged Revotron petrol engine that can make upto 83bhp @ 5,000 rpm and peak torque of 140 Nm between 1,750-3,000 rpm. However, the diesel variant will be powered by the tried and tested 1.3-liter Quadrajet diesel motor that can make upto of 73bhp of power and 190 Nm of peak torque. Both engines will transmit power to front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission.
Tata has announced that its compact sedan, Zest, will boost an automatic transmission which is also likely to make way in the hatchback. The sub-4 metre sedan is expected to hit the showrooms next month. However, the Bolt will most likely come during the festive season.
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