We’ve been looking at the Zest closely this month. With its base variant priced at Rs 4.64 lakh (ex-Delhi) and the top diesel trim going up to Rs 6.99¬†lakh¬†(ex-Delhi)¬†, it might just be what Tata Motors needs to dispel the slump it’s been riding for about two years.
The new Tata Zest comes in five variants – XE, XM, XMA, XMS and top-spec XT, which in its 1.3-litre diesel avatar is the only trim to get AMT.
The Zest has been drawn from the ground up, keeping all of Tata Motors‚Äô baggage from the past aside. The Zest comes with a choice of one petrol and two diesel engines and that gives the car a versatile customer appeal. The petrol is an all-new turbocharged unit, displacing 1,193cc. Tata Motors likes to claim that this is the first turbocharged engine in the segment. This fact is a tad murky because¬†Ford has the 1.0-litre Ecoboost and Volkswagen, the 1.2-litre TSI, both turbocharged fuel injected engines, though to be fair to the Zest, neither of the cars these engines power belong in this segment.
The 1.2-litre Revotron¬†petrol is a clean and smooth engine, found Bert, on a road test¬†in Goa. The turbo kicks in around 1,200rpm and that provides torque pretty early in the rev band. You get 90PS of max power at 5,000rpm and 140Nm of torque between 1,750 and 3,500rpm which is par for the segment.
On the outside, the Zest gets¬†15-inch wheels and wrap-around LED tail lamps that are not fully in sync with the front but certainly stylish. There is a sliver of chrome above the registration plate too and the ORVMs are body coloured. All variants¬†get turn indicators mounted on the ORVMs as standard.
Inside, there is a¬†dual-tone dash.¬†Gear-shift up/down indicator comes as standard on all variants. On the safety front, only the¬†XMS and XT get dual front airbags.
Petrol Revotron 1.2T:
XE Rs 4.64¬†lakh
XM¬†Rs 5.25 lakh
XMS¬†Rs 5.43 lakh
XT¬†Rs 5.99 lakh
XE¬†Rs 5.64 lakh
XM¬†Rs 6.27 lakh
XMS¬†Rs 6.45 lakh
XMA¬†Rs 6.99 lakh
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ZEST from Tata Motors, the All-new Stylish Compact Sedan, Launched Nationally
|ZEST from Tata Motors, the All-new Stylish Compact Sedan,
¬∑ The Zest base variant in petrol starts at Rs.4.64 Lakhs and the base variant, in Diesel starts at Rs. 5.64 Lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi
¬∑ Zest comes loaded with 29 segment leading features
¬∑ Available in four trims in Petrol and five trims in Diesel
¬∑ Range will come in six exciting colours
¬∑ On sale in over 470 Tata Motors passenger vehicle sales outlets
¬∑ Technology-enabled dealerships with new retail identity for enhanced purchase experience
¬∑ Introducing 333 Confidence, an industry first service offering
Mumbai, August 12, 2014: Tata Motors today announced the commercial launch of the Zest, the all new, sub-four metre compact sedan with a start price of Rs. 4.64 Lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi, for the petrol Revotron 1.2T model and Rs. 5.64 Lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi, as the start price for the diesel variant. Zest from Tata Motors, clearly showcases the three key vectors of DesigNext, DriveNext and ConnectNext to deliver best-in-class performance with unparalleled driving pleasure in a spacious, dynamic, comfortable and stylish sedan. The company today opened sales nationally of this most awaited car. The cars will be on sale across the country in over 470 Tata Motors Passenger Vehicle sales outlets from today.
The company today also launched an industry first service offering with the 333 Confidence. This unique programme offers best-in-class warranty of 3 years or 1 lakhs Kms (whichever is earlier), an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) of 3 years/ 45000 kms (whichever is earlier) and a free 24X7 Roadside Assistance service for 3 years. With this, Tata Motors is offering its customers high reliability, reduced cost of ownership and great resale value for the Zest.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, President Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, ‚ÄúWe at Tata Motors are delighted to launch the much-awaited Zest. It has been engineered for global customers, by global teams across India, UK, Italy and Korea to offer a car that matches refinement with performance - from the engine, to suspension & braking, the NVH or premium materials. All this has brought elegance to life in this segment. With 29 segment-first features, Zest from Tata Motors is the first all-new vehicle in the Horizonext journey with our commitment to bringing disruptive innovation to this segment of car-buyers. Both the petrol and diesel versions come with their unique segment-firsts and we are confident it will delight our consumers with its design, driving pleasure and great connectivity features.‚ÄĚ
As the name suggests, the all-new Zest exudes excitement and energy and is designed to give the driver total control of his vehicle. Zest is the first vehicle from Tata Motors that clearly exemplifies the HORIZONEXT themes of Intense Product Focus, World-class Manufacturing Quality, Enriched Purchase Experience and Consistent Quality of Service for its passenger vehicle business.
The Zest is being manufactured at the Pimpri and Ranjangaon Plant in Pune, on a completely modified X1 platform.
The all-new styling of the Zest is based on its new design direction of ‚ÄėConfident Dynamism‚Äô. With a classy new forward pouncing stance and well-sculpted body, the design portrays a sense of power and agility. The car has a good balance of elements like a sedan profile, the strong wedge of the shoulder-line, the wide stretched front, rear and sporty 15‚ÄĚ Alloy Wheels. All these elements combined with a signature Buzz Blue colour and a well sculpted body, add to the dynamic and stylish stance of the new Zest.
Riding on Tata Motors DNA of being spacious and safe, a greater attention to detail towards the vehicle‚Äôs interiors is another defining factor of the Zest‚Äôs design. Reminiscent of luxury cars, the Zest comes with premium interiors, a neatly-layered dashboard with dual-tone - Java Black & Latte, for a stunning and high-tech inviting feel. This is coupled with a well-integrated infotainment screen and Tata Motors next-generation 3-spoke steering wheel. The vehicle‚Äôs wing-shaped central instrument cluster Bezel, gear knob, precisely detailed air vents and sculpturally designed console, connected in a single wing-shaped graphic, ensure that the Zest has the best design attributes.
The Zest will come with the Revotron 1.2T, the first engine from the new family of gasoline engines from Tata Motors and will be India‚Äôs first Turbocharged Multi-point Fuel Injection (MPFi) Petrol engine. It has been developed in conjunction with global consultancies and suppliers to deliver world-class performance in terms of power, torque and efficiency. It has undergone over 300,000 hours of rigorous developmental and research testing.
Refined Revotron 1.2T Engine:
¬∑ Design optimization through global engine consultant (AVL, Austria) and key technology partners namely Bosch, Honeywell, Mahle, INA
¬∑ Extremely silent engine
¬∑ Low friction crank case for minimized NVH
¬∑ Drive by wire technology for enhanced drive experience
¬∑ Smart Electronic Control Unit for precise control
The Zest diesel comes with most acclaimed 1.3 litre Quadrajet Diesel engine coupled with the first-in-class F-Tronic technology-enabled, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), with both Automatic and Sequential mode of gear-shifting, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli, Italy.
Both petrol and diesel powertrains are BS-IV compliant and are capable of meeting future norms.
Multi-Drive Mode Innovation
Multi-Drive Modes is one of the key innovations, introduced by Tata Motors with the Revotron 1.2T turbo engine in the Zest. The Revotron 1.2T engine offers the optimum blend of performance, refinement and fuel economy. The unique first-in-segment ‚ÄėMulti-Drive Mode‚Äô technology enables switching between SPORT, ECO and CITY mode, along with a superior throttle response.
The SPORT Mode gives the sharpest throttle response and quickest acceleration from the Zest. The140Nm of torque from the Revotron engine will deliver a more dynamic drive, enabling the driver to exploit the full acceleration and driveability of the Zest. In the ECO Mode, performance and throttle response is reduced to maximize fuel economy but with a comfortable drive experience. It is ideal for Highway cruising. In the CITY Mode the Zest has the perfect balance between performance and economy. Power delivery is smooth and throttle response is linear leading to agile drivability to easily navigate city traffic conditions.
The Zest Diesel AMT will have dual drive modes - City and Sport mode. The manual also is shift assist manual engaging the consumer into suggesting down and up shifts.
Refinement in Driving:
¬∑ The Zest will have ePAS (Electric Power Assisted System), with speed sensitivity and ‚ÄėActive Return‚Äô function ‚Äď a first in the segment.
¬∑ A silent, quieter cabin will ensure a pleasant and superlative drive experience.
¬∑ The most advanced, 9th generation ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) from Bosch for improved braking efficiency, and with yet another segment-first, the Corner Stability Control feature, add to the safety feature of the vehicle.
¬∑ Dual Airbags and Rear Park assist further add to the safety features of the Zest.
¬∑ The dual-path suspension, coupled with a zero-pivot sub-frame and Anti-roll bar, ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. The improved suspension provides effective isolation from road inputs, without compromising on body control, translating into a class-leading balance between ride and handling for a comfortable and grounded drive.
Equipped with a high boost turbo-charger, the Revotron 1.2T delivers best-in-class power of 90PS @ 5000 RPM and best-in-class peak torque of 140 Nm @ 1750-3500 RPM. The car has a top speed of 154 kmph. The Diesel 1.3L Quadrajet engine produces 90PS @ 4000 RPM and 200 Nm @ 1750 -3000 RPM of uninterrupted flat torque. The car has a top speed of 158 kmph.
The Modes give the car best-in-class fuel efficiency in real world driving conditions. As per the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) certification, the Revotron 1.2T delivers 17.6 km/litre and the Diesel delivers 23 km/litre, under mandated test km/litre in normal conditions.
Understanding the dynamic consumer‚Äôs increasing need, Tata Motors offers its customers with the ConnectNext experience. The Company has worked closely with HARMANTM to design and engineer an acoustic audio and infotainment system, with best-in-class features like 5‚ÄĚ ConnectNext Touchscreen Infotainment System, Advance voice command recognition, SMS notification and read outs, Fully Automatic Temperature Controls on the touchscreen, which will allow the user to stay connected.
The Zest will be available in four trims in Petrol - XE, XM, XMS and XT and five trims in Diesel - XE, XM, XMS, XMA (AMT) and XT. The range will be available in 6 exciting colours - Buzz Blue, Venetian Red, Sky Grey, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver and Pristine White.
ZEST-IFIED PURCHASE AND SERVICE EXPERIENCE
To enhance the customer engagement levels at the dealerships, Tata Motors has upgraded its showrooms, to deliver customers desired world class ambience, purchase experience and after-market service. This is being achieved through technology-enabled dealerships, providing all-encompassing sales, service and spares.
These reformatted dealerships with the new Tata Motors retail identity will take the dealership experience to the next level. Over 3000 new sales staff have been recruited nationally for Zest customers. Specially-trained sales managers at these revamped, tech-savvy dealerships will be equipped with hand-held tablets, thus taking the purchase experience to next level.
In addition to the 333 Confidence programme, all Tata Motors Passenger Vehicle service centres will offer latest and most comprehensive customer service initiatives, launched by the company recently such as V-tabs (Vehicle Tracking and Bay Scheduling).
Customers can make down-payment of INR 21,000 online or at a nearby Tata Motors dealership to book a Zest. To book online, customers can visit: http://bookonline.tatamotors.com or http://tatamotorsZest.com/
As part of the launch promotions, Tata Motors will roll out phase 2 of its on-ground test drive activation programme called, Zest Studio. Zest Studios will cover over 180 locations, across India, by September 7, 2014. These studios will give an opportunity to car enthusiasts to test drive the Zest and engage in various activities and interactive games. Never before has a test drive been such a creatively holistic experience, allowing customers to fully engage with the car. The Zest experience will bring alive the three vectors ‚Äď Designext, Drivenext and Connectnext for customers. Customers can also book the car at the Zest Studios. To know more, please visit: www.Zeststudio.tatamotors.com.
Customers can also avail of the new range of Zest Merchandise and Accessories at dealerships. The new range of merchandise will soon be available online.