India’s leading car manufacturer, Tata Motors has displayed its two new compact cars, Zest (Codenamed Falcon 5) and Bolt (Codenamed Falcon 6) at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Unveiled on 3rd February’14, both the compact sedan and hatchback are expected to hit the Indian roads by the mid-2014. Moreover, the Zest becomes the country’s first compact sedan to feature Automated Manual Transmission.
Based on the thoroughly modified X1 platform, the company has done enough to present these vehicles as new cars instead of facelifts. Both sedans get the new design semantics which include the new Tata signature grille with Humanity Line. The prominent creases visually flowing into the sharp headlamps to create a unique design signature for the brand. The Zest sedan comes equipped with the projector headlamps with chrome accents, the daytime running lights, the rear treatment of LED lamps, new set of 15-inch alloy wheels and others. The Bolt hatchback has a floating roof spoiler, which offers an extra-sporty touch and aerodynamics. It features the fog lamp Bezels.
The front fascia of the compact sedan sports a honeycomb radiator grille, which has a thick chrome slat, featuring Tata’s badge. Inside the cabin, both these cars have more premium ingredients. The driver centric dashboard style features chrome embellishment, offering more elegance to cockpit. The instrument cluster and the central AC vents are connected in a single wing-shaped graphics.
These cars feature the HARMAN infotainment and audio system and with MapmyIndia for satellite navigation. Moreover, the Zest and Bolt also has 5-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Bluetooth, phone-enabled navigation, social media integration, touch phone controlled interface and others.
The Zest and Bolt are being offered in both petrol and diesel guise. While the petrol versions will have the same 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged intercooled MPFi petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 84bhp. The diesel versions get the same 1.3-litre engine that develops 89bhp of top power and 200Nm of top torque. The diesel variant of Zest will have the first-in-class F-Tronic technology enabled, 5-speed automated manual transmission.
When it comes to advancement, both Zest and Bolt feature EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted System), with ‘Active Return’ function and speed sensitive power steering. Additionally, the vehicles also have new advanced ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with Cornering stability feature.