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Tata Bolt and Tata Zest – an expert review

Why you should buy this car ?

Wide network of dealers, Better Mileage, Low cost and Maintenance, Time tested 1.3 QJD engine of FIAT.

Why you should NOT buy this car ?

Niggling issues, Fit and Finish, Taxi image — with respect to the earlier models.


As the name suggests, with great enthusiasm and energy Tata motors is all set to launch its 2 new products – Tata Bolt and Tata Zest. Whether it is going to be a shot in the arm or not,  let’s take a deep-dive at what’s in the offering.

Tata Motors at Auto Expo :

Looks :

Tata Motors has started to focus much on the design aspect for its new cars to attract back its customers. This is much needed one in the current competitive market where the customers are wooed by the fluidic design of Hyundai and Arrow shot design of Honda. We hope even Tata motors design engineers would have eagerly waited for a green signal to change the design that most Tata cars carry till now. Personally i am not a big fan of the overall design in Tata Indica vehicle. Thanks to Tata motors for finally deciding to change the design pattern. Tata Bolt and Zest will be the first to carry the company’s new design patterns. Both Tata Bolt and Tata Zest have been designed taking inputs from the three Tata Motors design studios in Pune (India), Coventry (UK) and Turin (Italy). They call the new design lines (Tata signature grille) as new ‘Humanity Line’, which is visually looking better. In the Tata Zest, the projector headlamps are complemented by chrome accents (Considering the people’s love for the look & shine), the rear treatment with LED lamps, new set of 15 inch alloy wheels and better exterior styling.

Interior :

Tata Motors has unveiled separate website for the all new Tata Bolt and Tata Zest. The new design language gives a fresh character to both the cars. Interior design too looks much better than the current models. The changes like silver trim inserts, newly designed steering wheels, enriched dashboard looks, black and optional color combination shade, redesigned instrument cluster with integrated multi-information display and A/C vent design.  We are not sure if leather seats would be provided as an optional.

Under the Hood (Bonnet) :

Both the Tata Bolt and Tata Zest will be powered by the first-in-class Revotron 1.2T engine. The Revotron 1.2T represents the next generation of revolutionary petrol engines that is four cylinder, turbocharged and MPFI engine. In MPFI engine, there is one fuel injector installed for each of the 4 cylinders, which is expected to deliver superior performance, power, torque and mileage. This is possible as the MPFI (micro-chip) which effectively uses the petrol. With the 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT), The 1.2-litre petrol motor develops 85PS at 5,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 1,750-3,500rpm. What attracts us is the diesel engine. Take a guess, yes. It’s the so called “national engine of India” by enthusiasts. You are right. It’s the fiat sourced 1.3-litre quadrajet diesel engine. This is the engine which also powers the Maruti Swift, Maruti Dzire and other Fiat products. The diesel engine will deliver 90ps and 200NM of torque.

Features :

With some exclusive features as the Tata motors say, Tata Bolt and Tata Zest will also be among the most-loaded cars in their respective segments which features the all new 5 inch infotainment system with touch screen supporting various functions by HARMAN. Harman’s automotive division sells branded audio systems through several car makers, including Mercedes-Benz, Toyota/Lexus, BMW, and General Motors. MapmyIndia has designed the next-generation navigation & location based services for Tata Bolt and Tata Zest. In my opinion, in India it’s better to ask people where the road will take you considering the frequent and unexpected maintenance work carried in Indian cities. Drive by wire technology for better engine response, reduced wear and tear over the years compared to the hydraulic and mechanical technology used in conventional cars. Tata motors claim that the Improved suspension coupled with a zero pivot sub frame will ensure smooth and comfortable ride. The true potential of which can be explored once you take the vehicle for a drive.

Trivia :

Tata Motors has roped in the formula one motor racing driver from India, Narain Karthikeyan in the development of Tata Bolt and Tata Zest. Sources say his job is to create a benchmark in different segments by working closely with engineers. This will give edge to Tata Motors on how to surpass the competition vehicles in this category. His feedback ranges from like high-speed steering feel and striking a balance between performance and fuel efficiency (Highly critical in the Indian market).

Bottom-line : As the saying goes ‘Patriotism ends at marketplace’, only quality products stand apart and survive in the market. In south India, there is a widely used colloquial term “TATA”, which means saying good-bye. We believe Tata Bolt and Tata Zest have the right mix that can save Tata Motors from customers saying “TATA” to them.

Curious Questions of Motor heads:

– Tata Bolt Launch date?

Expected in third quarter of 2014.

– Tata Zest Launch date?

Expected in third quarter of 2014.

– Tata Bolt expected price?

4.5 – 7 Lakhs

– Tata Zest expected price?

5 – 8 Lakhs

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