Tata hopes to sell Bolt, Aria AT in Indonesia from next year – Report

Posted on: Jul 15, 2015 - 11:14am IST

The Aria facelift (Hexa) is reported to get a GM-sourced AT.

Tata Motors’ Indonesian subsidiary, PT Tata Motors Distribution Indonesia (TMDI) is studying the market for the Bolt hatchback and an automatic transmission variant of the Aria, a TMDI spokesperson told AutoBild Indonesia.

Tata Hexa front three quarters zoom at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
The Hexa concept is expected to influence the design of the Aria facelift.

TMDI already sells products such as the Safari Storme, Vista, Aria and the Xenon RX, apart from the Super Ace and the Ace mini trucks. In the Indian market, the Vista was replaced with the Bolt, which was introduced in January this year.

Taking cues from the Zest compact sedan, the Bolt features the 1.2-liter Revotron turbocharged petrol engine, developing 90 PS and 140 Nm of torque. The 1.3-liter diesel engine develops 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque, and a 5-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission on offer.

Coming to the Aria, Tata plans on revamping this product with a massive facelift, which could also see a name change. The concept Hexa showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show is expected to influence the design of the car, and certain mechanical updates are also on the anvil. According to reports, the Hexa would be given 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions, the latter being borrowed from GMPT (General Motors Powertrain), a GM-owned company.

Tata Bolt Sport front three quarters right at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
According to reports, Tata also plans on launching a sportier version of the Bolt in the domestic market.

Also read: Tata ‘Kite’ hatch and compact sedan to feature Zest’s EPS

The Hexa is expected to launch in India in the next calendar year, and an Indonesian introduction could follow months after that, given that the car is exported through the CBU route.

Tata Bolt Sport – Image Gallery

Tata Hexa Concept – Image Gallery

[Source – AutoBild]

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