Tata Zest is a compact Sedan produced by Tata Motors. The car was revealed at Indian Auto Expo 2014 along with its hatchback version, the Tata Bolt. The car was launched in Indian markets on 12 August 2014.
The Zest is part of Tata’s Falcon program and is based on existing platforms on the Tata Indica Vista and Indigo Manza. Tata Zest comes in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with a total of 9 variants. The variant nomenclature with this sedan is also fresh unlike the several ongoing Tata cars. The four petrol variants are – XE, XM, XMS, and XT, while the five diesel variants are – XE, XM, XMS, XMA, and XT. It comes loaded with as many as 29 best-in-class features and also dimension wise, it is the largest and the most spacious.
Tata has installed an AMT gearbox with the diesel variant of this sedan which makes it the country’s cheapest diesel automatic sedan.
Tata Zest is being offered with 6 vibrant colors –
Buzz Blue, Venetian Red, Sky Grey, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver and Pristine White. In all, Tata has finally succeeded in carving out a niche sedan that is good looking, stylish and sporty. It won’t be an exaggeration to term it ‘The Best Tata Car’ till date in the exterior designing aspect.
1. Dimension & Capacity:
The Zest is a 5 seater and has length of 3995mm, width of 1706mm and a wheelbase of 2470mm.
Length: 3995 mm Boot Space: 390L
Width: 1706 mm Wheel Base: 2470 mm
Height: 1570 mm Kerb Weight: 1115 Kg
Ground clearance (Unladen): 170 mm
The sedan class car has got a 44 L Fuel Tank with BS IV Emission.
2. Engine Transmission:
The Zest is being offered in both petrol and diesel trims. The petrol variants recently unveiled all new Revotron 1.2 T engine. Being an extremely silent engine, it is India’s first Turbocharged Multi-point Fuel Injection (MPFi) Petrol engine. The power is transferred to the front wheels of the sedan enroute a 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel variants come loaded with company tried and tested Fiat’s 1.3 MJD engine. The base trim XE carries this engine which is paired to the company’s traditional 5-speed manual transmission.
The remaining variant lines up the diesel trim, donning the same 1248 cc, 4-cylinder, BS IV compliant engine. All the variants are coupled with the company’s conventional 5-speed gearbox, except the XMA as it is mated to the first-in-class F-Tronic technology-enabled, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), with both Automatic and Sequential mode of gear-shifting.
|1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine
|1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine
3. Brakes & Suspension:
The Zest has got Disc brakes on front and rear mounted with Drum Brakes.
The Suspension System is moderate in the Zest. The best thing is that the car has got coil spring shock absorbers which make a rough road easy to ride.
Front Suspension McPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Twist Beams
There is Power steering with Tilted column in the Zest. Rack & Pinion type gear helps the drive to be smooth. The Turning Radius is 5.1 meters.
Tata has ditched the central instrument cluster in favor of one in the right place – in front of the driver.. The steering wheel is a new one, which is smaller, and had controls mounted on it for the audio system, phone and voice commands. It even has a couple of toggle-style buttons that aren’t present on any car cheaper than a Nissan Sunny at the moment. The instrument cluster is a much better design with white backlighting, which ignores the current fashion, blue backlighting. It is a clearer cluster, and opts for a twin pod design with the tachometer on the left, speedometer on the right and multi-function display in the centre. It is a comprehensive system, which will support all audio input, even SD cards, which is rare.
The mirrors are electrically adjustable, and the windows all have power adjustment with the switches in the traditional places. Again, our petrol Zest had one-touch down for the driver’s window while the diesel didn’t. The AC controls are traditional rotary knobs, and the recirculation toggle is now an electronic switch. There is a similar layout for the climate control controls. Below these controls lie another row of buttons which house the controls for the parking sensors, front and rear fog lamps, and in the case of the Revotron, the different modes of operation for the engine. On the horizontal section, there is a single cup holder on the driver’s side with the left one blanked out in favor of a 12V charging socket. There is a cubbyhole between the gear lever and the handbrake mount, but nothing behind it.
The seats are large and comfortable, as Tata seats have always been. The Zest is also the widest car in its class; the petrol has height adjustment for the driver’s seat. The pedals are not offset any more – something that traditional Tata owners always had a problem with. The boot is big enough to swallow a weekend holiday’s worth of luggage.
Interiors are also spiced up by adding various class leading elements in the sedan. The Zest sedan has the best inner cabin spaciousness as compared to any other sedan in its segment. There is plenty of legroom due to the enhanced wheelbase, same goes for the immense shoulder room as width is also best-in-class.
The interiors have been presented in a dual-tone Java Black & Latte color scheme with fully fabric seat upholstery. The dashboard is also quite stylish and premium in accordance with the Tata Motors next-generation 3-spoke tilt adjustable electric power steering wheel. The all new instrument panel displays several types of information on it such as Segmented multi-info display, Gear shift (up/down) and in-gear indicator, Driver seat belt reminder with buzzer, Individual door-open display, Light-off and key-in reminder with buzzer, Distance-to-empty info, Fuel consumption display, Digital fuel gauge etc. The top-end variant XT has an added functionality of ambient temperature display with it. The sedan comes with a massive boot space of 390-litres.
Tata Zest has Air Conditioner with Heater as standard feature across the entire variant lineup. The base variant XE misses out on some of the contemporary features like Rear power windows, Electric adjustment for ORVMs, and remote central locking. Some of the first-grade comfort features that can be seen inside the cabin are Vanity mirror on sun visor of co-driver side, Foldable key etc. to name a few, Fully automatic temperature control (FATC) and Rear parking sensors. The infotainment system turns out to be the biggest USP of the interior, though the base variant XE misses out on this. It comes with AM/FM, USB, AUX IN, iPod connectivity and with 4 speakers and as many tweeters
Several designing processes were carried out by the help of Jaguar Land Rover – company’s luxury vehicle division. All the aforementioned hard work resulted in the birth of a distinct and never-seen-before sedan in the form of Zest. Being based on a thoroughly modified X1 platform, the all-new styling of the Zest is based on its new design direction of ‘Confident Dynamism’. As far as the front fascia is concerned, it flaunts the all new company signature grille with the newly introduced ‘Humanity Line’. This front grille is complimented immensely well by the dual projector headlamps with chrome accents, which are standard for every variant, except the base XE. Moreover, the top-end trim XT also enjoys LED daytime running lamps. The front bumper boasts triangle shaped twin fog lamps and double slat air dam.
Coming to the side profile of the sedan, it has an enlarged C-pillar which makes the roofline a bit sloppy. The Zest has body colored ORVMs with blinkers and turn indicators, body colored door handles, and body colored bumpers as standard across the entire range of variants. The flared wheel arches have been bestowed with 15″ alloy wheels which again, are standard feature and offered with each and every variant. At the rear end of the car, the Zest is the first car in its segment to flaunt LED tail lamps. The whole tail lamp cluster is quite stylish and features a wrap around design.
Tata Zest comes equipped with Disc brake as front brake while Drum brake does the duties as the rear brake. This primary braking system responds instantly and to ensure much better braking, the company has also introduced the most advanced, the 9th generation Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as secondary braking system. Tata has also blessed the Zest with Speed dependent auto door lock system and Front and rear fog lamps. But unfortunately, the XE variants in both the guises miss out on these features.
The company in a bid to avoid any mishap and make sure of maximum safety of the occupants, has also incorporated segment-first, the Corner Stability Control feature in the Tata Zest with mid and top trims. There are also dual front airbags and front seat belts with pre-tensioner & load limiter in the top-end trim. However, for the security of the vehicle; the company has come up with Immobilizers with every variant. But, the top-end trim XT also has a parametric alarm system that makes loud sound if any attempt of burglary or thievery is made.
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