Currently in the Indian market, the cheapest diesel automatic car on sale is the Hyundai Verna. According to reports, Volkswagen is also readying up Vento diesel mated to an automatic transmission. (CLICK HERE TO READ OUR EARLIER REPORT ON THE SAME). The Vento automatic petrol currently retails at around 10 lakhs and the Verna is also priced around the same price bracket.
When Tata unveiled the Bolt and Zest before the Auto Expo 2014, not much details about the diesel automatic version were shared. Now, as the car is inching towards its launch, we have more details to share about the India’s cheapest diesel automatic car- Tata Bolt.
As we have been reporting, the Tata Bolt diesel will be powered by the same 1.3 litre quadrajet diesel engine from Fiat which also powers the Tata Vista and Manza. The engine will mated to an automated manual transmission (AMT) which will also be manufactured by a Fiat group company- Magnetti Marelli, which also provides the AMT for the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. The Tata Bolt diesel will develop 75 PS of max power. A more powerful 90 PS variant is expected to follow soon.
The Tata Bolt AMT will be a five speed gearbox with a regular ‘D’ mode and a tiptronic mode which lets the driver control the gear shifts manually. Tata is also readying up the AMT equipped Nano. (CLICK HERE TO READ OUR REPORT ON THE SAME)
Stat tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the Tata Bolt launch and other details.