Tata Motors upcoming new cars in 2015
1. Tata Bolt – Slated to launch in a few weeks, Tata Bolt B-segment hatchback is waiting to come out, ready to be received just as much as its compact sedan brother Zest. It has just as much goodies as in Zest, minus the shining LED DRLs and much anticipated AMT unit. But to compensate for the enjoyment, Bolt equips segment-first video playback (only via SD Card) on the Harman infotainment system, that also displays MapMyIndia navigation with the help of an Android smartphone.
Engine options in Tata Bolt hatchback include 1.2 litre Revotron four-cylinder petrol engine with Eco, City and Sport drive modes, and 1.3 litre Fiat MultiJet Diesel engine. Former pushes out 90 PS and 140 Nm, while latter is good for 75 PS and 190 Nm. Both are mated to 5-speed manual transmission, and both variants attain same top speed
Hot looks, cool features and somewhat peppy engine makes Tata Bolt an appreciable comeback tool in the ever-popular segment that consists of all time best seller Maruti Swift, Indian Car of the Year 2015 Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo – deemed safest car, and Fiat Punto which has a cult of its own.
2. Tata Nano AMT – Tata Nano AMT F-Tronic, with Automated Manual Transmission is expected to be launched by mid 2015. Nano AMT will feature power steering and openable hatch, while power will come from the same 624 cc two cylinder engine, as seen on the current Nano
3. Tata Nano Diesel – Tata Motors is finalising development of an 800 cc diesel engine with focus on commercial vehicle lineup. Same engine is believed to be under test in a Nano, for a more fuel efficient variant. With levelling prices of petrol and diesel fuels, Nano diesel would not be a lucrative move, but it can create multiple records such as the most affordable diesel car in the world and the most fuel efficient non-hybrid car beating Maruti Ciaz.
More importantly, with growing popularity of Tata Nano in web cab sector, diesel variant could be welcomed by taxi operators.
Both new variants of Tata Nano will have new body colours, notable styling changes in front, rear bumpers; improved interiors, dashboard.
4. Tata Safari Storme – Long awaited facelift version of the company’s flagship SUV will launch by mid-2015. 2015 Tata Safari Storme will not bear dramatic changes to exterior, which would have gotten the nameplate better attention. Still, it will be revamped with Land Rover-inspired honeycomb grille, new bumper with conspicuous chin and new fog lamp inserts.
However, interior of new Safari Storme will be refurbished with vastly improved dashboard that would equip large multimedia system with touchscreen & reverse / parking camera display, just like the one sported in Aria MPV. New upholstery, interior trims and colour schemes would also be implemented to improve the appeal of the age-old SUV. Further, the opposite facing twin jump seats at the rear end will be replaced with a front facing third row bench seat in all variants. Range topping variant of new Tata Safari Storme facelift will get captain seats (as option) in second row.
5 & 6. Tata Kite Hatchback and Sedan- Based on improvised Tata Indica platform, with styling cues from Bolt & Zest, and some element designs from Tata Nexon compact SUV concept, new Kite hatchback and sedan versions will be concocted, to foray into more affordable side of B-segment. Both variants of Tata Kite have begun testing on roads.
Interiors of Tata Kite hatchback and sportback (compact sedan) is expected to be very spacious and graceful with contemporary trims and appliqués. It would share components with Bolt and Zest, especially the 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine. But diesel variant may not see any of the usual engines. Kite will debut Tata’s new 1.05 litre common rail diesel engine, producing max power of 64.10 bhp and peak torque of 140 Nm. Both will be mated to 5-speed manual transmission, AMT may also be in the cards in at least one variant. Apart from petrol and diesel, the Revotron model may receive LPG and CNG kits from factory.