Tata Motors's new sedan Zest has outnumbered the sales of its arch rival Honda Amaze in October, indicating that Zest's sale is fuelling the growth of the company in the sedan segment.
For the month of October, Tata sold 3,524 units of Zest in the country while its rival Honda Amaze clocked 3,482 units. Although the difference is marginal, the sales growth of Zest is significant for Tata as the sedan came to the market as a big ticket from the company's stable after a long gap. However, Maruti Swift DZire continues to hold the top position in the list with 17,950 units in October. Hyundai Xcent notched the second position in the list with 4,629 units.
Launched on 12 August, Tata Zest sedan is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options in the country. Under the hood, the petrol model of Zest packs turbocharged 1.2-litre Revotron engine, which is tuned to produce a 90PS (88.73bhp) of power and 140nm of torque, while the diesel Zest model comes with 1.3-litre Multijet motor that is capable of churning out 88.8bhp of power and 200nm torque.
Based on Tata Motors' "DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext" philosophy, Zest also offers Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), but only on Zest XMA diesel model. However, it is rumoured that Tata is also readying petrol AMT for Zest as the demand for AMT model is rising in the market.
Tata will also be launching its new hatchback Bolt, which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo along with Zest. Under the hood, the petrol variant of the car will pack 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged engine, which is tuned to generate 84bhp at 5,000rpm and a torque of 140Nm of 1,750-3,500rpm. The diesel model gets 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel motor that can generate 73bhp and peak torque of 190Nm.