BOLT FROM THE BLUE MAYBE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

WILL the Bolt come to Australia?

There’s just a glim­mer of hope that the all-new Tata hatch­back, just un­veiled in In­dia, will make it here.

With new tech­nolo­gies and seg­mentlead­ing fea­tures, the car’s good looks are the re­sult of three Tata de­sign stu­dios that are based in Pune, Coven­try and Turin.

The Tata Xenon ute is al­ready im­ported into Australia by Fu­sion Au­to­mo­tive.

Man­ag­ing direc­tor Dar­ren Bowler said while the com­pany was fo­cused on build­ing the Tata Mo­tors brand and the Xenon LCV range, new mod­els be­ing launched un­der the In­dian brand’s Hori- zonext pro­gram, were be­ing mon­i­tored with great in­ter­est.

Bolts come in petrol and diesel vari­ants, a 1.2litre, tur­bocharged, mul­ti­point fuel in­jec­tion petrol and a 1.3litre Quadra­jet diesel. The petrol model claims best-in-class power and torque.

It has a 1.2T en­gine with se­lectable Sport, Eco and City modes, a speed sen­si­tive elec­tric power steer­ing with ac­tive re­turn func­tion, and the lat­est Bosch ABS with Cor­ner Sta­bil­ity Con­trol.

Key de­sign el­e­ments in­clude a driver­centric cock­pit, a pre­mium Java black dash­board and best-in-class in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems.

The Bolt is Tata’s lat­est.

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