July 28, 2014: Tata Motors, the home grown manufacturer has started the production of the Zest at Ranjangaon plant in Maharashtra with Fiat. The online bookings of the compact sedan have already started with a sum of INR 21,000 both for petrol and diesel. Furthermore, as the Zest is entering into the hot selling entry level sub-4m sedan category, its major rivals will be Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Hyundai Xcent. Apart from the sporty looks from the Tata's debutante 'DESIGNEXT' design philosophy, Zest gets several first-in-class features like tailor-made 5-inch HARMAN touchscreen infotainment system, projector headlamps, day-time-running-LEDs, LED tail lamps and multi-drive modes (ECO, SPORTS, CITY).
Tata Motors after witnessing the quite a dip in sales figures and not been able to register expected growth in decades, has started to revamp its vehicle line up. The company introduced a new strategy couple of months ago, called 'HORIZONEXT', in which they will launch refreshed versions of the existing models with new added customer oriented features. The manufacturer has already introduced the revamped eCS, Nano, Sumo Gold and Vista Tech. The highly anticipated codenamed falcon series from Tata, finally get to see the light of day at the prestigious event of 2014 Indian Auto Expo. One of the two falcon siblings, the F5 Compact Sedan, is monikered as Zest while the hatch F4 is christened as Bolt. The sub 4-meter sedan will straight hit on Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze and others in this entry level sedan category.
The vehicle is based on the modified X1 platform, this platform provides underpinnings to the current Vista hatch and Manza Sedan. The compact sedan borrows its exterior styling from Manza hybrid concept showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. The front facade of the vehicle is now broader when compared to the current sedan. The head lamps are now vertically placed contrary to the sweeping back vertical placement in Manza. The elongated honey combed grille in this vehicle looks dapper and is going well with the placement of the headlamps. The side profile of the vehicle is the only area which reflects its construction is based on the Manza sedan. The rear part of the vehicle is the area, which has got the under the hammer, the most. The boxiness of the Manza is dumped, the car gets integrated boot lip spoiler similar to that of the Dzire, but very well executed. The tail lamps layout is very much similar to the current Sedan. The vehicle is designed at Tata Motors European design studios and as a subsequent result, the over all exterior layout of the vehicle looks contemporary.
Step inside, first thing you will realize is, finally Tata has woken up from years of slumber! The Zest sports smaller diameter three spoke multifunction steering wheel with a split spoke. Though the dashboard is straight pick from the current sedan but heavily worked upon. The instrumentation cluster boosts two larges dials with center mounted DIS (driver information System). Dual tone beige and black dash layouts flaunt the piano black and silver accents surround. Feature list includes touch screen infotainment system with built in navigation, automatic climatronic air conditioning, power windows with one touch function and power steering. On the safety front the vehicle is equipped with dual airbags and ABS with EBD.
Mechanically, the vehicle is fueled by the first petrol engine coming out of Tata's new Revotron family. It is a 1.2 litre, Turbocharged Intercooled MPFi mill which churns out 83.8bhp of maximum power output on tap at 5000rpm, while the peak torque performance of 140Nm from as low as 1750 and it goes all the way up to 3500rpm. The diesel variants are handled by Fiat derived MJD dubbed as quadrajet present in two 75 and 90Bhp tune. This is the second vehicle in the country to be equipped with automatic manual transmission (AMT) after the Celerio as these transmissions are cheaper and efficient option rather than the fully automatic ones. As the third peddle is missing in the foot well, shifting gears is a breeze. This transmission plus the sub 4m overall length helps the Tata to keep the the price competitive.
Ed's Take: The diesel version of the Zest is the tried and tested multijet engine and this is extremely frugal.
The company has disclosed quite a few details regarding the technicalities of this yet to be launched Tata Zest. According to the details, this sub-4-meter vehicle will be available with a 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel and also with a newly developed 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine. The diesel powered Tata Zest is expected to give a mileage in the range of 23 to 25 Kmpl, while the petrol version could deliver 18 to 19 Kmpl .
Ed's Take: The power produced by the petrol engine is 88bhp, while the diesel produces 89bhp. These power ratings of the Zest are good enough on paper and real world.
Ed's Take: The acceleration produced by the Zest isn’t brutal as more focus has been paid on drivability. This is what a Zest segment customer will need.
One should take a close look at the upcoming Tata Zest Compact sedan for complimenting the new design language of the company. This sub-4-meter sedan comes with an eye-catching look unlike any of the Tata car models. The designers at the company has done pretty well with the exteriors of this four wheeler that gives a remarkable look to the vehicle on its front, side and rear profiles. To start with its front, the most dynamic aspect about this vehicle is its aggressively designed headlight cluster with projector lamps and turn indicators. The design of the radiator grille is quite different from the rest of their models and it is decorated with a thick chrome plated strip along with the company logo. The structure of the front bumper too gets the new design language with an aggressively designed air dam. The bumper also comes integrated with a stylishly designed LED daytime running lights along with round shaped fog lights. The side profile has door handles and the ORVM caps that have been painted with body color. The wheel arches of this compact sedan comes with a trendy 16 inch alloy wheels, which enhances the elegance of this vehicle. The rear profile of this upcoming compact sedan is very stylish, thanks to the neat and glossy finish. The taillight cluster comes with LED light pattern and it is complimented by the chrome inserts. The boot lid comes with a lot of chrome inserts, especially on the horizontally positioned strip, company logo and model badging. On the whole, the manufacturer has managed to create a buzz around the auto market with this stylishly looking compact sedan.
While unveiling this sub-4-meter sedan, Tata Motors has revealed the details of its exterior dimensions. According to the details, this compact sedan comes with 3995mm in length, 1695mm in overall width and with 1570mm height. The wheelbase of this compact sedan is claimed to be at 2470mm, which is quite good. On the other hand, this sub 4-meter sedan comes with a 44-litre fuel storage capacity along with 425 Kgs of payload capacity.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Zest are contemporary, and probably the best any Tata car has ever had. This makes it look stylish and at par even on quality with the competition.
The soon to arrive Tata Zest has an elegantly designed cabin with great leg, shoulder and headroom space. The company has given a dual tone look with premium beige and black color inside the cabin and it is complimented by chrome inserts. What really is impressive about the interiors is the design of the dashboard with a lot of chrome treatment that renders a premium look to the interiors. It is equipped with AC unit , music system and number of other control switches. The seats are pretty wide, well cushioned and they have been covered with beige colored fabric upholstery. This vehicle provides seating for a total of 5-passengers in 2+3 seating arrangement.
The company has not disclosed any details regarding the comfort features of this vehicle. However, we can expect quite a number of features such as an air conditioning unit with heater, power steering with tilt function, power windows, an advanced instrumentation panel and lots of other features. The company has disclosed that the vehicle will be introduced with a Harman infotainment system incorporated to a 5-inch touchscreen display, which helps the occupants to stay connected. The manufacturer has also revealed that the vehicle will feature an advanced audio acoustic system with Mapmyindia system for advanced navigation system. Also, it comes incorporated with a music system that supports AUX-In, USB and Bluetooth connectivity along with steering mounted audio controls that makes the journey joyful. In addition to these, we can expect utility based features such as accessory power sockets, cup and bottle holders, storage compartment, glove box unit and number of other features as well.
The space inside the cabin is quite good in comparison to the existing compact sedans. Its comes with a front track of 1450mm, while its rear track is at 1440mm, which is quite good. This provides a great leg space for the passengers in the front and rear cabin.
Ed's Take: The enine performance of the petrol and diesel Zest is decent. What a customer needs, the Zest provides that.
The Indian automaker has developed an advanced 1.2-litre Revotron engine with 4-cylinders and 16-valves. The company has engineered it with a intercooled turbocharging unit along with a multi-point fuel injection system that enables this motor to develop a maximum power of about 83.83Bhp at 5000rpm, while generating a peak toque output of about 140Nm at 1750 to 3000rpm . The company is offering the petrol version of the Tata Zest with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that delivers the power to the front wheels. On the other hand, the diesel powered Zest comes equipped with a 4-cylinder, 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel motor that comes with 1248cc displacement capacity. This motor can produce a maximum 88.73Bhp of power at 4000rpm, while generating a peak torque output of about 200Nm at 1750 to 3000rpm. This motor is coupled to a first-in-class F-tronic technology enabled 5-speed automated manual transmission gearbox that enables the engine to deliver a flawless performance.
The upcoming Tata Zest compact sedan is equipped with a newly developed 1.2-litre Revotron engine, which is very powerful. This petrol motor can produce a maximum power output of about 83.83Bhp at 5000rpm, which results in generating 140Nm of peak torque at just 1750 to 3000rpm. On the other hand, the diesel powered Zest is equipped with a 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine that can churn out 88.76Bhp of maximum power at 4000rpm and yields 200Nm torque at 1750 to 3000rpm, which makes it ideal for city traffic.
At present, the company has not revealed the details regarding the acceleration and pickup of the yet to be launched Tata Zest. However, the 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder based Quadrajet diesel engine, which is currently powering the Vista hatch can break the 100 Kmph mark in 15 to 16 seconds and it can go up to a top speed of about 156 Kmph. On the other hand, the newly developed 1.2-litre Revotrol petrol engine is also expected to perform well in terms of acceleration and pickup.
Ed's Take: The Zest comes with an in-dash music system with touch screen system, steering controls for audio and even voice command. All these systems are developed by Harman for Indian customers with various Indian accents.
Individuals who are looking to purchase this upcoming Tata Zest can personalize their vehicle with several accessories for both inside and the exteriors as well. The top end variant in this model series is expected to be a fully loaded vehicle. On the other hand, the base and mid level variants may be offered with limited set of features. In terms of exteriors, individuals can customize the car by fitting the rear deck-lid spoiler, side molding , body graphics and many other such features. Coming to the insides, you can opt for leather seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, parking sensors, rear view camera and much more features.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
It is learned that the company will be offering this upcoming Tata Zest with a sturdy set of 15-inch wheels that are covered with performance oriented tyres. We can expect that the top end variant will be offered with alloy wheels, while the base and mid level variants are expected to get a set of conventional steel wheels.
Ed's Take: The handling of the Zest is good and even the electronic steering is good to drive.
This is one of the most important aspect of any vehicle. The upcoming Tata Zest is expected to get front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, which performs well in all conditions. The company has disclosed that this compact sedan will be offered with a new advanced ABS system for improved braking efficiency. In addition to this, the company will also offer a cornering stability feature, which makes the handling easy in sharp curves. On the other hand, this vehicle is also equipped with an electronic power assisted steering system with “Active Return” function and speed related function.
Ed's Take: The safety features on the Zest include dual airbags and ABS.
According to the details revealed by the company, this compact sedan comes with a robust suspension system that improves the driving dynamics. Its front axle is equipped with a dual path Independent McPherson strut system with Anti-roll bars, while the rear axle comes fitted with an Independent 3-link McPherson Strut system with anti-roll bars. As far as the safety aspects are concerned, this compact sedan is expected to get an engine immobilizer system, seat belts, dual horn, ABS with cornering stability feature , central locking system, key less entry function, side impact protection, dual front air bags and many other advanced features.
Tata Zest Pros :
Very good looking, exceptional performance, decent mileage.
Tata Zest Cons :
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