Spied – Tata Zest test mule in full camouflage

Posted on: Mar 18, 2014 - 9:53am IST

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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6 thoughts on “Spied – Tata Zest test mule in full camouflage

  1. J.sashi Bhushan says:

    Man when TaTa can turn around a loss making company like jaguar Landrover but can’t look after their own brand , I don’t know when their glory days of sumo will be back I think it’s the lack of interest tata motors after the failure of nano , and they are behind the same design language of the indica, indigo even with their new launches like the zest this is mostly regarding the passenger car segment

  2. Bhargava says:

    The Build-Quality, the Fit and Finish of the Zest are near-global.

    I can’t wait to experience the ride-quality and handling of the Zest as it features some segment leading features (in the mechanical department) such as:

    a. Speed Sensitive Power Steering with ‘Active Return’
    b. New advanced ABS and Cornering Stability feature
    c. Dual-path suspension coupled with a zero pivot sub-frame
    d. F-Tronic technology-enabled, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission

  3. Dhananjayan says:

    I guess this twin slat grille is just for camouflaging purpose.
    I dont like the slats. It is good if the mesh grille is retained.

  4. apn r says:

    Don’t know how it feels but the interior looked really good.
    If they do manage to put these kind of interiors and build quality into sumo series, Do we really need any other Small SUV’s???

    1. Bhargava says:

      Well said !!

  5. Deepak Chablani says:

    The front grill is very different on the prototype when compared to the one shown at the Auto expo, which is actually a welcome move.

    Though I consider the interiors of Zest as probably one of the best I’ve seen in an Indian car, the exteriors badly needed better differentiation from the outgoing Tata products. And, this is where the new front grill might be of help big time.


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