Tata Motors will be trying to gain its lost ground this year with the help of two main launches: the Bolt hatchback and the Zest compact sedan. Talking of the latter, the Zest will enter the lucrative sub-4 metre sedan segment in the country, which is currently being populated by the likes of the Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze. Zest is an all new compact sedan based on the X1 platform, which the car shares with the new Bolt hatchback. As per the latest reports on the interweb, the Zest will be launched on or before the 4th of July.
So, if you were planning on getting yourself a compact sedan , we suggest that you wait for a couple of months more, which will give you another option to choose from in the form of the Zest. The car promises to offer a stash of class leading attributes such as an automated manual transmission on the diesel engine and a touch screen infotainment interface.
Powering the Zest will be a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine that outputs 90 Bhp-200 Nm. The diesel motor will be joined in by a 1.2 liter turbocharged REVOTRON petrol engine that was showcased by Tata Motors alongside the Zest’s official unveil earlier this year.The petrol motor produces a maximum power of 84 Bhp and a peak torque of 140 Nm. Tata Motors is likely to offer a class leading 3 year/75,000 kilometers warranty on the Zest and the Bolt.
The compact sedan has often been caught testing on Pune roads post its showcase. From the spyshots, it isn’t difficult to discern whether the production version of the Zest will feature a slightly tweaked grille as compared to the one that we saw at the official unveil. The sedan is expected to start arriving at dealerships later in June. The Zest’s arrival into showrooms will also result in the bookings for the car being opened along with test drives. Showrooms are being upgraded as well. Tata is presently hiring more sales people for its 200 dealerships across the country in anticipation of the Zest and Bolt launch.