A striding stone to vanquish best in the automotive technology, design and home grown manufacturer look to have moved in right direction with Zest sedan. Displayed during this year’s big automobile extravaganza, Zest is Tata Motors advanced creation which sets the tone of the organisation’s new design philosophy and the engineering dynamics.
Drafted to attract with engineering that might transform way in which we concentrate on motors, the new Revtron 1.2-litre turbocharged MPFi petrol mill plans to improve its performance. The availability of diesel automatic transmission that is first in its segment will definitely attracts many people towards it as we will first magnify the exterior feel and then followed by the interior look and then finally various engines that propel this specific sedan.
Launched into most competitive sub four meter sedan segment, Tata Zest came of age as it not only appears attractive but also has important aspects that could attract a consumer towards it. The elements include the new “Signature Tata Grille” at the front that specifies regarding the humanity and the trust line. Basically it refers to is plastic grille that has insignia with chrome lining on the top that provides it a glossy appearance.
Combination of the projector headlamps along with the LED daytime running lights and light guide position rings that further aids to enhance the front fascia. Sharp lines with body coloured door handles, side view mirrors with ORM inserts and set of elegant eight spoke alloy wheels highlights side profile. While the rear has wrap around LED tail lamps and the chrome line that puts together an appealing stance. In the profile, it has length of 3995 mm, height of 1570 mm and width of about 1706 mm the Zest do appeals to the eyes with a ground clearance of 175 mm.
The designers at the Tata Motors this time have really strived hard when it is about the interiors. The cabin is certainly up market when it comes to embellishments offered on board that are superior to some of its rivals within the segment. The important enhancement here is the plastics quality that has been an issue with almost all the Tata vehicles in the past.
Therefore once inside, the improved quality does across in strong way. Perfect blend of beige and black interiors offer one the sense of roomy. The availability of three-spoke steering wheel with steering mounted controls is an added advantage as it not only appears good but is firm to grip during the drive.
The newly designed instrument cluster with the chrome surrounds bring to light 2 analogue dials and they are RPM and speedometer with digital display positioned right in centre provides information like trip metre, average fuel economy and instant consumption of fuel at any specified time.
While fuel and temperature gauge individually represent in two different analogue dials as witnessed in image. To left, is the organisation’s ConnectNext Infotainment system that has been developed with the aid of HARMAN maintaining the “Zest” as the focus. Features a five-inch touch screen display and this system caters to the advanced Bluetooth technology which enables smart phone integration.
It has a total of 8 speakers and they are divided into four speakers and four tweeters that maintain one entertained with excellent audio quality. There is also smart voice recognition that enables user to give commands especially in regards to SMS notifications and read outs make life simpler for people like us who require to operate their smart phone on regular basis while being the wheel. Other features like Aux-in and USB port finds their way into the cabin there by enriches the overall cabin experience.
Coming to the seating, the both front and the rear is very comfortable however it lacks under thigh reinforce especially for the tall people. There is decent amount of shoulder and leg room in both rows with rear one falls short on head room due to its slope of the roof line that is bit of an issue for the tall people. Rest of the safety features include driver and front co-passenger airbags, rear parking assist, central locking, burglar alarm and immobilizer.
Engine and Performance:
It is one area where “Tata Motors” stated to have cracked revolutionary modifications with the first in class 1.2- litre Turbocharged MPFi petrol mill. So, let us know what is so special. To start, 1.2-litre petrol power plant has shift-on-fly technology that basically aims to offer 3 different drive modes that comprise City, Sport and Economy. In detail, petrol variant comes equipped with an 1193cc mill on board that puts out peak power outcome of 89 bhp along with 140Nm of torque.
All this basically converts to impressive mill performance that is said to be extricated out of modern water cooled turbocharger that plans to offer faster, flatter response with better torque. There is a bit of turbo lag especially decrease revs, availability of five speed synchromesh gearbox caters to sleek shift indicates that Tata Zest is well packaged and also meant for the Indian conditions. Its quality of ride, we must say it is at par with the rest of competition within its segment as moving over the potholes and the broken roads are not really an issue.
Throw it at the corners and curves, Zest will do it’s best to provide decent handling as per the ability. Having stated all 3 driving modes earlier, the Sport mode really tinkles peak power from mill makes it rev all the way to 5,500 rpm where in needle automatically modifies its colour to red indicates “redline”. Just to highlight petrol model runs on “City” that is its default mode.
For enhancing competitive and growing diesel compact car segment the Tata Motors came out with automatic diesel option that is again first for this type. Interested to know more, named as F-Tronic AMT, Tata Zest diesel caters to 4-cylinder, turbo intercooled 1248 cc diesel mill that produces a peak power outcome of 89 bhp with 200Nm of torque.
Features a five-speed F-Tronic AMT along with Shift Assist Manual, manufacturer has tried to address drive comfort for consumer considers that the automatics are boon nowadays maintaining our traffic conditions in consideration. The diesel offers two modes to drive, sport and normal. In the normal mode, sedan remains gloomy and goes about to take its inmates swiftly to places while sports mode is torque heavy regarding to a better power for the swift gateways.
However, while overtaking within city or highway one need to alter to manual in order to acquire extra bit out of the diesel engine in order to be able to offer an effective pass. Consider that this is diesel and low NVH levels results to the better in the cabin experience. Handling as well as ride is alike to its petrol sibling.
It must be said that Zest is perhaps Tata’s best and a well desired strive to target sort after the compact sedan segment. It truly breaks away from what the Indians are utilised to see in Tata Motors product portfolio till the date as the sedan brings forward the organisation’s advanced design philosophy and engineering to conquer the competition. In the total performance, petrol is the one that impress the most while the availability of automatic in diesel certainly attracts a number of aspirants. The price is attractive, at which the organisation has introduced Zest into market, will definitely attract a number of customers, predominately when it comes to first in segment diesel automatic variant.