Tata Bolt and Tata Zest: New compact cars on the block

Mar 15 2014, 15:10 IST
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By the looks of it, the Bolt seems a step in the right direction for Tata By the looks of it, the Bolt seems a step in the right direction for Tata
SummaryWhile Tata Bolt looks like a fun car, Tata Zest comes across as a promising prospect.

Tata Bolt: Comes across as a fun car

By the looks of it, the Bolt seems a step in the right direction for Tata. If priced competitively, the Bolt will be an option worth considering for hatchback buyers

Tata cars have always scored high on space, practicality and fuel efficiency. But, of late, most of its small cars have started feeling dated. The original Indica came out in 1998, while the Vista has been on sale since 2008. Which brings us to the company’s latest offering, the Bolt hatchback that you see here.

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You can see the obvious resemblance to the Vista; and it is, in fact, based on the same basic structure. But put the two side by side and you’ll find that nearly every body panel is new. The front now wears a more youthful design—the elongated headlamps and honeycomb grille give it a much smarter appearance. The bumper is new too and there’s even a power bulge in the bonnet.

Tata Bolt

Adding a bit of flavour to the sides are two prominent creases that run the length of the car. While at the rear, the vertically stacked tail-lamps of the Vista have made way for smaller, more conventional units. Also, the number plate moves up to the tailgate from the bumper and in its place sits a rear foglamp. The blackened area around the rear windshield give the roof a ‘floating’ effect.

The changes on the inside as well are massive. There’s a huge step up in quality—in fact, the cabin is nothing like you have seen in a Tata before. The piano-black plastic and the perforated leather upholstery give the cabin a much more premium air. The switches and buttons work with a precise action, adding to the feel of quality. The instruments are big and legible and there’s a trip computer that displays fuel consumption and average speed.

While Tata hasn’t revealed any details about what trims this car will be available in, the car you see here is the fully loaded Bolt. It’s got climate control, alloy wheels, and there’s a touchscreen entertainment system with Bluetooth connectivity.

Like we have said earlier, Tata cars are usually spacious and comfortable, and the Bolt hatchback embodies these traits. The front seats are very comfortable and Tata’s engineers have used better cushioning and optimised them to

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