I am a self-confessed sub-4 sedan hater. And I am not the one to blame. You see, most of all sub-4-meter sedans smite; and they smite right between the eyes with their dissymmetry.
While endeavouring to offer a car inside MVD’s tax-saving shorter-than-4-meters-vehicle category, the manufacturers tend to squeeze an existing design longitudinally. While they are at it, they manage to create cars that give the impression of something that’s mulling tucking its head between its legs, execute a somersault, and land on its roof. The new Zest from Tata though, somehow, manages to look less offensive and perilous.
So, another spotting. Where again but Pune. And again, covered up in the psychedelic wallpaper! However, there is a difference in the couple of spottings of Zest till now. Look at the grille! It is different and smarter than the Zest that was officially unwrapped and the one that was shown at the Auto Expo.
Why is Tata running the test mules with a different front grille is unknown at this point of time. If we consider possibilities, then Tata may, in order to create slight differentiation, launch the manual Zest with the regular grille and the AMT Zest with a different grille. Or they may just be testing different prototypes.
On paper, Zest does seem to have the zest – weighing just over 1500 kgs (gross) with 85 & 90 PS (for petrol & diesel respectively) at call should make for a perky pootler. The website also proclaims of “aircraft wing inspired dashboard” and “driver focused instrument panel” and “taut steering wheel”. The new-design seats do look crisp; promising maximum support and comfort while taking up as little a space as possible.
Exterior, well, the projector lamps are welcome. The Zest website deftly denies the visitor a look at the profile of the sub-compact. Perhaps Tata thought the profile or the hind-3-quart view doesn’t do Zest justice. On the contrary, the Zest, because of its flowing roofline tucking smoothly into the boot makes it look like a small coupé, and for once…ahem…good looking.
If you would have been our avid reader, we were the first one to share with you the possibility of the company launching Zest by June this year. If that be so, Xcent’s happiness may just be a little shortlived!