Tata unveils Bolt hatchback and Zest sedan

from the AutoBlog As we noted last month, news of a Tata Nano diesel brought with it other news that the Indian car company would introduce a new sedan and hatchback, a hatchback with a rear hatch that actually opens. The company used the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi to do just that, the Bolt hatch and Zest sedan introducing audiences to the unified marketing pushes called DesignNext, DriveNext and ConnectNext under the HorizonNext banner.

The two international models are twins, both based on an improved version of the X1 platform used for the Tata Indica Vista. The only differences are that the Zest gets LED DRLs and 16-inch wheels instead of the Bolt’s 15-inchers, and the Zest gets the option of an automated manual transmission. Otherwise, Tata appears to be intent on giving both offerings segment-first or segment-defining features.

Both cars get the option of a turbocharged, 1.2-litre Revotron gas engine with 84 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 1.3-litre Multijet turbodiesel with 75 hp and 140 lb-ft. The Bolt makes do with a five-speed transmission affixed to either engine, while the Zest can be fitted with the F-Tronic automated manual. More

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