The Tata Zest compact sedan will be launched in India on the 12th of August. The compact sedan has already begun reaching showrooms around the country. CarToq has managed to snag one such example from a Tata Motors dealership in the west of India. The Zest will be sold with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines and the car comes with a host of class leading features. Tata’s latest compact sedan will square off against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Honda Amaze and the Hyundai Xcent. A competitive price tag and generous equipment levels are likely.
CarToq’s first drive review of the Zest compact sedan
The petrol engine of the Zest is a newly developed 1.2 liter unit that Tata Motors has put together in-house. The turbo petrol engine, dubbed the REVOTRON, uses a cast iron block and an old school. 2 valves/cylinder, single overhead camshaft design to keep costs low. The focus of the engine is on driveabilty and fuel efficiency rather than outright performance and this reflects on the 89 Bhp-140 Nm power and torque outputs. Armed with driver select-able modes such as City, Eco and Sport, the Zest Petrol uses a five speed manual gearbox for torque transmission to its front wheels.
The Zest’s diesel variant uses the Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine with fixed geometry and variable geometry turbochargers, in 75 Bhp-190 Nm and 90 Bhp-200 Nm states of tune. A five speed manual gearbox is standard while a segment first, 5 speed automated manual transmission is offered as an option. Online bookings for the Zest are already open and production of the car is on at full swing in Tata-Fiat’s Ranjangaon factory, off Pune. Based on the X1 platform and armed with a brand new top-hat design, the Zest signifies the way forward for Tata Motors, in terms of fit and finish, quality and design. On whether the Indian car market will eagerly lap up Tata Motors’ latest remains to be seen.