IAB Weekly Retrospect – Tata Zest, Kite, Maruti SX4 S-Cross and VW Polo facelift


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

Here is the part 1 of our compendium of significant automotive developments that took place over the course of this week. Click on the images to jump to the respective articles.

1. Tata Zest 1.2T Revotron Petrol – Review

Tata Zest Revotron Petrol Review front quarter angle

The Tata Zest is the first and only compact sedan to feature a turbocharged petrol engine. We sample the newest Tata on the block to see how good it is.

2. Tata Zest Diesel – Review

Tata Zest Diesel F-Tronic AMT Review XMA

The Diesel-AMT is another first in segment feature on the Tata Zest. We test the Zest AMT to check whether it has got what it takes to top its class.

3. Tata Kite

Tata Kite small car spied

The Tata Kite (codename) small car which is another important launch for the Indian automaker’s efforts to bounce back, has been spotted testing for the first time. Based on an extensively re-engineered version of the Indica’s platform, the Kite would be ready next year and is to be produced alongside the Tata Nano at the Sanand factory.

4. Maruti SX4 S-Cross

Maruti SX-4 S-Cross IAB spy image - rear

IAB reader Mr. Tarun Sharma has spotted the Maruti SX4 S-Cross testing. The compact crossover which is slated to tussle with the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano would be launched in early 2015.

5. VW Polo facelift

2014 VW Polo facelift front three quarters left launch

The VW Polo facelift has been launched at a starting price of INR 4.99 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). While the petrol lineup is retained, a new 1.5-litre diesel engine in two states of tune replaces the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre mills of the older car.

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