Spied – Tata Zest test mule in full camouflage

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The Tata Zest compact sedan has been caught testing. The car was first revealed ahead of the Auto Expo 2014. Now, a reader of Motorbeam has caught the car undergoing testing with some heavy camouflage.

Tata Zest front spyshot
The Tata Zest was caught testing in full camouflage.

Power for the Zest will come from a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine – the Revotron family of engines – that makes 85 PS and 140 Nm of torque. A 1.5-liter diesel engine, making 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque, coupled with F-tronic AMT gearbox will be available. There’s also a five-speed manual as standard for both vehicles.

After being spotted testing a few times, the Zest was finally and officially shown just before the Auto Expo 2014, where Tata Motors had even showcased a few customised models of the Zest.

Tata Zest rear spyshot
The test mule had everything except its headlamps and taillights covered.

It is puzzling to think that Tata Motors would continue to test the camouflaged Zest with its launch expected within a few months. The test might be, however, to evaluate certain components or software to potentially replace them. The car in this guise could also be putting a new engine map on test.

Tata Zest front three quarter - Geneva Live
The Tata Zest was shown at the Geneva Motor show, even though there are no plans to sell the car in Europe.

The Zest will compete in the highly competitive compact sedan segment that now consists of the Hyundai Xcent, in addition to the Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire.

[Source – Motorbeam]

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