Tata Motors, unveiled the Zest sedan at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday. The Zest is a built-for-India vehicle which has dimensions dictated by the governing authorities to avail of the excise benefits. The Bolt hatchback is definitely headed for Europe, but this might be the first time an Indian manufacturer may have decided to sell an under four-metre sedan there.
The Zest will also get similar powertrains: the 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 83bhp and 140Nm of torque, and the VGT equipped 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine producing 89bhp. The Zest gets an additional AMT transmission apart from the five-speed manual. The five-speed manual will be mated to the petrol engine, whereas the AMT will be found working on the diesel Zest.
The car has a well designed rear end for a four metre sedan and the reason is that the Zest along with the Bolt was designed in a joint effort between Tata’s design studio in Pune, Coventry and Turin. The Zest also gets similar levels of quality and equipment found on the Bolt. It also features the five-inch touch screen and a human-machine-interface on the centre console which controls the AC, Bluetooth connectivity, and smart phones.
The car also gets the new speed sensitive electronic power assisted (EPS) steering with ‘Active return’ function, seen first in the Tata Nano Twist.
In India, the car might be launched somewhere around the third quarter or during the festive season of Diwali along with or a little later than the Bolt.