• Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
  • Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
  • Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
  • Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
  • Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
  • Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
  • Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
  • Image Credit: Faisal Khan / AOL
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.

Other features available on either car include Harman infotainment systems with five-inch touchscreens, Bluetooth with voice recognition and text-to-speech, speed-sensitive electric power steering, ABS with cornering stability and driving dynamics tuned by former Indian Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan. Their designs are said to have come from the company's three design studios in the UK, Italy and India. You'll find their launch videos below.




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      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago
      do what you gotta do, Tata. interior looks halfway decent
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      The interior looks really good for a small entry level car.
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a 90s geo metro with modern styling.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Much better looking than the Nano.
      JonathanBond
      • 1 Year Ago
      Insurance on this car should be cheap here in the states. I want one!
      GOSCH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bolt? Where's the Nut?
      Skylar Ross Toups
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks better than the Mitsubishi Mirage... or am I alone in that?
      pwr2lbs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uglier than a mans ass.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pwr2lbs
        But like a man's ass, some are better than others, this being one of the better ones. ;) LOL just figured I'd freak out the homophobes.
        pwr2lbs
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pwr2lbs
        Rated down to -3 that fast!?! Well at least 3 people on autoblog have no taste, or sense of style.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pwr2lbs
          Probably because you're clearly not judging this car in context with it's main rivals in India. It's not gorgeous by any means, but it isn't half bad compared to a lot of them.
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm pretty impressed. I like them both. The Zest reminds me of the Toyota Echo.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        "Toyota Echo" Aww man! What has been seen cannot be unseen. I hate the Echo. At least this doesn't have the terrible center-mounted gauge cluster. I already liked the hatch more, but now that feeling is amplified when I see the Echo resemblance on the sedan.
      Junkyard Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Deathtrap.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Junkyard Willie
        No more so than the alternative in India. This thing is like a Ford Taurus compared to the Nano and other popular tiny Indian vehicles like the Mahindra Maxximo van.
      thegreatsb
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...It looks better than the Mitsubishi Mirage... or am I alone in that?..." You're not alone. I was going to say the same thing.
      Junkyard Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      deathtrap.
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