CarToq sources reveal that Tata Motors will soon launch a top-end variant of the automated manual transmission equipped Zest compact sedan. Available in a single XMA variant thus far, the AMT equipped Zest is a major differentiating factor for the compact sedan in its category. By adding the XTA, top-end variant to the Zest’s variant line up, Tata Motors will seek to attract buyers who want both the automatic transmission functionality as well as a feature loaded car in a single package. Bookings for the Zest XTA will soon be open and deliveries will start in two months’ time.
In terms of the new features that the Zest XTA will offer buyers, the Harman touch screen audio system will be standard, along with 5 inch speakers that offer better audio output. Twin airbags, reverse parking sensors and alloy wheels will be the other additions on the car, whose mechanicals will carry on unchanged. The 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine with a variable geometry turbocharger powers the car, which makes 90 Bhp-200 Nm. The 5 speed automated manual transmission module is sourced from Magneti Marelli, and the entire component is imported from Italy as Tata Motors is yet to localize this part.
The Zest XTA variant will be priced at 8.07 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, thus becoming the most expensive variant of the compact sedan. The new variant commands an 82,000 rupee premium over the XMA trim. The car is now available in 10 variants, 2 in AMT trim, 4 in petrol and 4 in diesel. The petrol engined variants use the 1.2 liter REVOTRON turbocharged motor, with 88 Bhp-140 Nm outputs. The Zest is the only car in its class to offer a turbocharged petrol engine, which is also the most powerful one in its segment. The base diesel variant of the car gets a lower powered, fixed geometry turbocharger equipped 1.3 liter engine, with 75 Bhp-190 Nm outputs.