Reports of the Tata Motors Bolt hatchback being discontinued is growing by the day. The company though has not confirmed it officially. Main reasons being the sales of the Bolt, which has sold over 17,000 units from the time it was launched back in 2015.
When the Bolt was launched there was a huge excitement about the new hatchback from Tata Motors, this though dwindled over the years. Apart from the number of sales, the pricing of the Bolt was on the higher side in the segment and would make it very challenging to sell.
The Tata Bolt is powered by a 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged petrol unit which generated 84bhp of power with torque peaking at 140Nm. The Bolt also came with the diesel engine, a 1.3-litre Quadrajet that could develop 73bhp and 190Nm of torque. Both the petrol and diesel engine were paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
At the 2016 Auto Expo held in Delhi, Tata Motors had showcased the Bolt Sport, a sportier version of the hatchback and many believed it could make it to production. Now with the future of the Bolt under the scanner, it might not see itself through to production.
Recently, Tata Motors has seen success in the form of Tiago hatchback and the company could bring the hot hatch version of the Tiago. With sales of 4,000 units a month for the Tiago, Tata Motors will rather focus on a successful model than of the Bolt.
The Tiago could be featured with the 1.3-litre three cylinder petrol unit seen in the Bolt Sport model. The unit is expected to churn out a good 120bhp.