India auto major, Tata Motors has officially introduced its latest compact sedan in the automobile market. This compact sedan is available in several trim levels with petrol and diesel engine options under the hood. The Tata Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XMA is the mid range diesel version that is powered by a 1248cc engine. This engine is paired with a newly developed F-Tronic automated manual transmission gearbox, which provides the convenience of an automatic version without compromise in its fuel efficiency. On the other hand, this newest compact sedan comes with an array of innovative features, which makes it a tough competitor in the automobile market. The car maker has installed an advanced ConnectNext infotainment system designed by Harman that also supports connectivity for AUX-In, USB and Bluetooth devices. This trim is also bestowed with ninth generation ABS with EBD and cornering stability control, which improves its braking mechanism. At the same time, the manufacturer is also offering this trim with first-in-segment aspects like projector headlamps, stylish alloy wheels and electrically adjustable outside mirrors. This sub 4-meter sedan is compact from outside, but spacious from inside owing to its long wheelbase of 2470mm. In addition to these, this vehicle comes with an unmatched 390 litre boot storage capacity. It will now compete with the likes of Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze in the compact sedan segment.
The external appearance of this latest vehicle is something that represents the new design language of its manufacturer. It is perhaps the most stylish looking vehicle in the fleet of Tata Cars with elegantly designed cosmetics. Its front facade is decorated with sleek headlight cluster, which is powered by projector headlamps with LED light guide rings. It surrounds a signature new radiator grille with a black perforated mesh and a chrome applique. The front bumper has a trendy design, which houses a wide air intake section along with a pair of fog lamps. This compact sedan has a lustrous side profile owing to the expressive lines and stylish cosmetics. The door handles and its wing mirror caps are in body color, while the window sills have black treatment. In addition to these, its fenders are skillfully fitted with a set of stylish 15-inch alloy wheels, which further enhances its elegance. These rims are covered with 185/90 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres. Its rear profile looks very decent, thanks to its LED tail lamps and elegantly crafted boot lid. Its rear bumper comes in dual tone scheme and is further equipped with a brake lamp, which provides additional safety. The overall look of this sub 4-meter sedan is complimented by chrome appliqué and company's badge embedded on boot lid.
This Tata Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XMA trim has a robust interior design that is done up in Java Black and Latte. At the same time, there is extensive use of brushed metallic inserts on dashboard and steering wheel. Its instrument cluster has an attractive design and it is equipped with an analog speedometer and tachometer. Furthermore, it comes integrated with a trip meter, a digital display and several other notification lamps. This mid range version also gets a new generation steering wheel with integrated control switches for audio and calls. Its dual tone dashboard has some important features like a glove box unit, gearbox console, infotainment system and an air conditioning system. One of the main highlight of its interiors are the ergonomically designed seats with integrated headrests, which are covered with premium quality fabric upholstery. On the other hand, it also comes with a class-leading boot compartment, which can be increased further by folding rear bench seat.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is powered by a 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine that has a common rail fuel injection system. It is based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 16-valves that displaces 1248cc. This mill has a variable geometry turbocharger, which allows it to belt out 88.7bhp at 4000rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 200Nm in the range of 1750 to 3000rpm. This diesel engine is mated with a newly developed F Tronic automated transmission gearbox that sends the torque output to its front wheels. It is also accompanied by a “Sport mode”, which enables the engine to deliver sheer performance. Although, it is an AMT version, it produces a peak mileage in the range of 21 to 23 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
The car maker has paired its front wheels with a set of conventional disc brakes and equipped its rear wheels with high performance drum brakes. At the same time, it also installed ninth generation anti lock braking system that works electronic brake force distribution and cornering stability control to reduce any possibility of skidding on roads. On the other hand, its front axle is fitted with a dual path , independent McPherson strut that is loaded with anti roll bar and coil springs. While the rear axle is fitted with semi-independent twit beam type of suspension including coil springs, which keeps the vehicle well balanced. The main highlight is its innovative electric power assisted steering with speed sensitivity and active return function, which provides excellent response on the go.
This Tata Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XMA trim is the mid range diesel version, which is equipped with several advanced comfort features. Its cabin is installed with a manual automatic air conditioning system with a heater, which keeps the entire ambiance cool. It also has features like electric power steering with tilt adjustment, an inside rear view mirror, power windows, integrated head restraints and drink holders. This trim is also blessed with ConnectNext infotainment system designed by Harman, which is incorporated with music system, USB port, AUX-In socket and speed sensitive auto volume adjust. Furthermore, it has a total of eight speakers that delivers surround sound effect for high definition entertainment.
This newly launched vehicle has some of the most important safety features like speed sensing auto door lock an advanced ABS with EBD including cornering stability control and fog lamps . Furthermore, it is also incorporated with an advanced engine immobilizer, which protects the vehicle from theft.
1. Engine performance and fuel efficiency is rather good.
2. Exterior and interior design is asserting.
1. It can be offered with “multi drive” function as standard.
2. There is no touchscreen infotainment system.