Tata Zest diesel sedan gets F-Tronic 5 speed AMT

Ahead of Auto Expo 2014, Tata Motors has unveiled two new cars – Zest sedan and Bolt, a premium hatchback. Both models will be launched in India during 2014 and subsequently in other global markets.

Tata Zest will be available in petrol and diesel versions while Bolt might come only with a petrol option. Both will be powered by turbocharged, intercooled multi point fuel injected petrol engine REVOTRON 1.2 T while Zest diesel variant will be the first car in its category to get F-Tronic technology enabled 5 speed Automated Manual Transmission and a manual gearbox for diesel variant. The engine will be capable of output of 90 PS at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm torque between 1750 and 3000 rpm.

tata zest automaticTata Zest, is not a reskinned Tata Manza. Tata has engineered the car from the ground-up. It measures 1695 mm in width and 1570 mm in height and will have a sub-4 meter length to qualify for small car excise benefits thus making it an affordable automatic (AMT) diesel car in India. Zest will also sit on 16” wheels which is again a segment first as all other compact sedans possess 15” wheels.

Zest and Bolt are both products of Tata Motors’ Horizonext program which was spearheaded by Karl Slym, Managing Director of Tata Motors, who passed away recently. Zest will compete against Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift DZire and Hyundai Grand i10 based sedan and will come in with a host of infotainment features to include 5-inch infotainment system, smartphone integration, touch-screen and phone enabled navigation. Images - Interiors | Exteriors