Spied – Undisguised Tata Zest caught on test

Posted on: May 7, 2014 - 12:54pm IST

This uncamouflaged Tata Zest was caught testing near the city of Pune by Power Drift. The variant caught on test is reported to be the mid-level petrol model.

Spied Tata Zest uncamouflaged front
The Tata Zest will launch by the festive season this year.

In a segment which saw growth of 27 percent last year, Tata is pinning high hopes on the Zest compact sedan to drive sales. The Indian manufacturer saw its domestic passenger car sales decline by 36 percent last month as compared to the same period in 2013. Sales of the Nano/Indica/Indigo/Vista/Manza range especially took a hit and were down by 37 percent at 5,653 units.

Spied Tata Zest uncamouflaged side
The Zest will rival the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Maruti Dzire.

The Zest was revealed prior to the Auto Expo, and is expected to go on sale in the July-September period this year. Tata has announced petrol and diesel variants of the Zest, with the diesel receiving an AMT (automated manual transmission), which will be a first-in-segment feature.

Spied Tata Zest uncamouflaged rear

Tata’s 1.2-liter turbocharged Revotron petrol engine will be making its debut in the Zest, and with this engine, Tata says it will appeal to a new set of audience, who until now wouldn’t have considered buying a Tata petrol car. The Revotron unit outputs 85 PS and 140 Nm of torque, and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel motor is Fiat’s 1.3-liter Multijet engine outputting 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque.

Tata Zest at 2014 Geneva Motor Show – Image Gallery

[Images from Car Wale]

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4 thoughts on “Spied – Undisguised Tata Zest caught on test

  1. Raja Ram says:

    Front section looks much better than the current Manza… Will the current Manza be discontinued once the Zest is launched? or they will sell still sell like how ford does with the Fiesta and Classic?

    1. The latter should be the strategy, Raja. But we’ll wait and see how the Manza’s repositioned.

  2. Dhananjayan says:

    The car is either overloaded or the wheels are smaller.

    1. Bhargava says:

      The Zest (Red color) you see in the article is on-test, and chances are that they might have loaded the car, as a part of the testing.

      Zest has 16 inch wheels. The image gallery at the end of the article has detailed shots.


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