In a first of sorts, the upcoming Tata Zest sedan has been caught on the roads for the first time ever by a reader of Motoroids.com. What these spyshots bring to the table is the new grille which is different from the one Tata has been showcasing till now.
The Zest sedan, alongside the Bolt hatchback are Tata’s attempt at clawing back their share of the market pie. Both these new-gen Tata’s were unveiled earlier in Feb and showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo. At these events, the car on display had a honeycomb engine grille across its front. According to the latest spyshots, Tata Motors could have decided for a revamp. One can clearly notice that the camouflaged test vehicle carries an engine grille with two chrome slats running across.
Old habits die hard! You can also notice that the engine grille carries the trademark Tata smile-shape, probably an attempt to maintain a connect with the company and the older brands.
Another spyshot shows the rear end of the car. The test car was camouflaged very well, hence any small changes that might have been done are difficult to notice. The Zest compact sedan has been a result of collaborative work carried out in different design studios of Tata Motors like Pune, Coventry in UK and Turin in Italy). At 3995mm, the Zest falls under the 4-meter mark and hence qualifies for precious excise duty benefits.
Zest compact sedan will be powered by a new four pot 1.2-liter turbo petrol Revotron engine that has a max power of 85PS @ 5,000 rpm and peak torque of 140Nm @ 1,750-3,000 rpm. Powering the diesel variant is the 1.3-liter Quadrajet common rail turbo diesel engine. Zest will get the 90PS, 200 Nm VGT version of this motor. But the most important bit is the F-Tronic 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission that Zest will come equipped with, making it the cheapest diesel autogear shift car in India.
Will the Zest compact sedan be able to turn the tide in favour of Tata Motors??
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