Tata Motors will launch the Zest compact sedan in August and the media drives of this car is currently on at monsoon drenched Goa. The car is a sub-4 meter compact sedan that sits between the Indigo eCS and the Tata Manza. Expect the Zest to be sharply priced, undercutting the likes of the Honda Amaze and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Meanwhile, the automaker has released a short video depicting the Zest in action on Goan roads. The video gives a glimpse of the car on Indian roads.
The Zest will be available with two engine options, in petrol and diesel. Both engines will be turbocharged. The turbo petrol engine displaces 1.2 liters in a 4 cylinder configuration, and is a segment leader in terms of power and torque figures, what with its peak power rated at 88.2 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 140 Nm. The turbo petrol engine has three driver selectible modes, Multimode technology as per Tata Motors – Eco, City and Sport. These modes will vary power delivery.
The other engine of the Zest is the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet motor, tuned to output 90 Bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. The Multijet turbo diesel engine gets two transmission options, a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed AMT. The Zest is the first diesel automatic car in the compact sedan segment. Like the petrol powered Zest, the diesel variant will also feature Multimode technology.
Serious about regaining market share in India, Tata Motors has packed the Zest compact sedan with a raft of features, most of them previously unseen in the compact sedan segment. Projector headlamps and LED tail lamps, daytime running LEDs and 15 inch alloy wheels give the car sharp looks while the insides are luxuriously appointed with a brand new dashboard, a classy instrumentation console, a touch screen infotainment module, voice assist and reverse parking sensors.
Safety features on the car include twin airbags, ABS+EBD and corner stability control. Based on a modified X1 platform, the Tata Zest compact sedan will be followed by the Bolt B+ segment hatchback. Like the Zest, the Bolt will feature a slew of segment topping features. The Bolt is expected to be launched in October-November, bang in the middle of the Indian festive season.