IAB Report – Tata Zest Diesel announced with Automated Manual Transmission

Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 - 1:06pm IST

The Tata Zest was unveiled in an event in New Delhi today, just a few minutes ago. The Zest is basically a re-skinned Manza, with an overall length of 3,995 mm. Thus, the Zest will qualify for the Indian small car excise benefits, and will be Tata’s second sub-4 meter sedan (the Indigo eCS being the first).

TATA Zest press shot

The Zest, when it goes on sale in India this year, will be the most affordable automatic diesel car you can buy. Tata has announced its all new F-Tronic Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for the diesel variant of the Zest.

This 5-speed gearbox will be paired to the 1.3-liter four-cylinder Quadrajet diesel engine, which outputs 90 PS @ 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque between 1,750-3,000 rpm in the Zest. As a result, the Zest will be the first car in its segment to offer:

a. An automatic gearbox for the diesel variant
b. An automated manual transmission

TATA Zest press shot interior

The Zest will compete with the likes of the Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire and the Grand i10 based Sedan (which will be unveiled tomorrow).

The petrol variant of the Zest will derive its power from the new 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Revotron motor. This engine will produce 85 PS @ 5,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque between 1,750-3,000 rpm on the Zest.

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35 thoughts on “IAB Report – Tata Zest Diesel announced with Automated Manual Transmission

  1. Pandi says:

    we are expecting the same Design Launguage for the Upcoming tata crossover (bolt based).. Good come back.,

  2. Bhushan Sonawane says:

    Changes are good considering the Tata.. but they should come out of Indica base designs..good efforts but should come out from their conservative design aspects considering the competition..! All the best. Tata..!

    1. Bhargava says:

      That’s true, Mr. Sonawane!

      The Zest and Bolt are freshly baked with design inputs from R&D centres in Pune, Coventry & Turin. Since they are based on the current platform, some of the cues carried-over, but nevertheless they are far ahead to their predecessors in terms of quality, technology, and design as well.

      New cars on brand new platforms and design would be launched subsequently, as a part of the Horizonext Initiative (as previously told by an executive at TM).

  3. gopi says:

    Wow……………………………………………………………………………………….. This going to be hit for sure.Overall exterior and interior well integrated .Zest will be global competitor as it has all qualities.

    This is what we want from you TML. BANG ON Target!!!

    Congratulations to TML. Karl’s Vision will have to continue.

  4. Karthik says:

    Tata’s Automated manual transmission was not in news. It was only the Celerio which was making the buzz….. Gr8 news Tata!!!! Definitely the design language of the cars have changed a bit. Now the wheels seem to be more connected to body. Now it’s all based on pricing and quality of the car that will make talk of it’s numbers on the road…..ffngers crossed…….. Thumbs up

  5. Amala singh says:

    Great going TATA. ZEST looks superb, Bolt side profile reminds of VISTA. I sincerely want you to be in the top 3. You deserve to be there. Rev up your service network and dealer attitude. My friends who have bought Amaze have got problems with dealer / attitude.
    Display NANO AMT outside colleges / malls.

  6. Charan says:

    Tata Zest 4m Sedan Diesel with an AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) WOOOOOWWWWWW . Simply Super and Amazing Launch by Tata.
    Iam getting Goosebumps when Iam tying this. Great way to go Tata. This is one the best LAUNCHES of the YEAR.
    Looks like Karl Slym has really worked Hard in Developing both the cars Bolt and Zest. May his Soul rest in Peace.
    Great Going Tata and also Expecting the 4m SUV to be in lines of Bolt and Zest. Imagine the potential of a 4m SUV with Diesel AMT. Zest will give tough competition to Amaze and Dzire. Sincere Request to Tata, Please produce as many cars as you can and keep the waiting list to Minimum. You really have winner in Bolt, Zest and upcoming 4m SUV

  7. THE XOVER says:

    AMT on diesel Zest? Are you sure?

    If true, then this is a revolutionary move by Tata Motors. Well done Tata!

  8. arun says:

    in diesel AT or only AMT?

    1. Charan says:

      AMT is offered in both Petrol and Diesel of Zest.
      I think they are offering AMT in Bolt Petrol and Diesel;


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