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04 February 2014

Tata reveals the new Bolt and Zest

Tata pulls the covers off its latest products, names the hatchback the 'Bolt', and the compact sedan the 'Zest'

Amaan Ahmed
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A couple of weeks back, Tata Motors put out its new Revotron engine family for the world to see. Today, Tata revealed the cars that will be powered by the new turbo-petrol motor.

Leading Tata's new product charge is the Bolt hatchback. The name, says Tata signifies "speed" and "represents an attitude of winning, and staying ahead". Inspired by the world's fastest runner, perhaps?

Moving on to the more important bits - the Bolt, as well as the Zest, are spun off a heavily-modified 'X1' platform.  In simpler terms, it's the same platform as seen on the Vista/Manza cousins, with significant revisions. Which is why when it comes to overall dimensions, the Bolt is more or less the same size as the Vista.

Both cars have been co-designed by Tata's design centres in Pune, Coventry and Turin, and have been developed with three basic principles in mind: the first of which is DesigNext, Tata's new design language, which now includes the new Tata grille, and a 'Humanity Line' (what's that?) that flows into the headlights. The second principle is DriveNext, which emphasises Tata's approach to improved driving dynamics with the inclusion of a speed-sensitive power steering (which is now electric, and not hydraulic) equipped with the 'Active Return' feature as seen on the recently-launched Nano Twist. ConnectNext is the third principle, with Tata placing importance on seamless connectivity between the driver and the car by introducing a five-inch touchscreen-based Harman infotainment system.

The Bolt and the Zest will both receive the new 1.2-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that puts out 84bhp and 140Nm of torque, as well as the 89bhp, 200Nm 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel that does duty on almost half of India's hatchbacks and small sedans. While the Bolt will have a five-speed manual gearbox, the diesel-powered Zest will also receive a new five-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) that Tata has co-developed with Magneti Marelli. The AMT is around 5 per cent more efficient than a conventional manual 'box, according to Tata's internal tests. With its under-four-metre length effectively classifying it as a small car, the AMT-equipped, diesel-propelled Zest is likely to be the cheapest clutchless diesel car on Indian roads.

Tata has said that both these cars will be launched in the second half of 2014, and that the Vista and Indigo eCS will continue to be sold alongside. With their new-age features, the Bolt and the Zest are expected to be positioned as premium offerings, which would translate into relatively higher price tags.

What do you think of Tata's efforts, TG.commers?

Tags: delhi auto expo, bolt, zest, tata, tata motors

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