August 12, 2014

Tata Motors launches all-new compact sedan Zest @ Rs. 4.64 lakh

Tata Motors announced the commercial launch of the Zest, the all-new sub-four metre compact sedan with a start price of Rs. 4.64 lakh (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 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 car will be on sale across the country in over 470 sales outlets now.

The company also launched an industry first service offering with the 333 Confidence. This programme offers best-in-class warranty of 3 years or 1 lakh km (whichever is earlier), an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) of 3 years/45,000 km (whichever is earlier) and a free 24x7 Roadside Assistance service for 3 years.

"We 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," said Ranjit Yadav, President Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors.

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 'confident dynamism'. 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-inch 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.

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's 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's 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.

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 MagnetiMarelli, Italy.

Both petrol and diesel powertrains are BS-IV compliant and are capable of meeting future norms.

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 'Multi-Drive Mode' 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. The 140 Nm 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 maximise 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.

Equipped with a high boost turbo-charger, the Revotron 1.2T delivers best-in-class power of 90 ps@5,000 RPM and best-in-class peak torque of 140 Nm@1,750-3,500 RPM. The car has a top speed of 154 kmph. The Diesel 1.3L Quadrajet engine produces 90 ps@4,000 RPM and 200 Nm@1,750-3,000 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's increasing need, Tata Motors offers its customers with the ConnectNext experience. The company has worked closely with Harman to design and engineer an acoustic audio and infotainment system, with best-in-class features like 5-inch 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 trimsin Petrol - XE, XM, XMS and XT and five trims in Diesel - XE, XM, XMS, XMA (AMT) and XT. The range will be available in 6exciting colours - buzz blue, venetian red, sky grey, dune beige, platinum silver and pristine white.


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