Tata's soon-to-be-launched Zest sedan has been spited testing on Indian roads once again, this time showing us the diesel AMT of Zest.
Tata Motor, a company which has stayed away from the making of new cars for a couple of years, is expected to announce two big launches this year, Tata Zest sedan and Tata Bolt hatchback. The cars which made their first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014, have been grabbing attentions of auto enthusiasts in the country since then.
Although the cars' numerous appearances on the web through spy mages and leaked reports have given the auto world fairly good idea of how does it look and what does it have to offer, the only thing that remains unanswered is the exact launch dates of the cars. If the recent rumours are to be believed, the cars will begin their journey on Indian roads in August 2014.
Now coming to the spy pics of the Tata Zest AMT, the car was spotted testing in Lavasa by Rushlane reader Mayur Kulkarni. Tata Zest is India's first sedan with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technologies. The car Zest will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of the Zest will be powered by a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 85 PS at 5000 RPM and a peak torque of 140 Nm 1750-3000 RPM.
The diesel model will come with a 1.3 litre Quadrajet motor, which can generate 90 PS power at 4000 RPM and 200Nm torque at 1750-3000 RPM. The vehicle is expected to be manufactured at the company's Ranjangaon facility alongside Tata Manzaa, whereas, Bolt will be produced at Tata's Pimpri-Chinchwad plant.
"Zest in the images here was a diesel AMT variant. The gear shifts were easily noticeable, but there was hardly any engine noise. The engine sound is not similar to Indica or Indigo diesel. This one is very low. I followed the Zest in my Maruti Swift VDi, but was not able to keep up, especially on the steep roads. The Zest looked more stylish than the Honda Amaze on the road," RushLane quoted Mayur Kulkarni.
The car which has been spied testing in the country numerous times is expected to come with features like new front grille, projector headlamps, steering wheel and dash board and is speculated to carry a price tag ranging from ₹6 lakh to ₹8 lakh.
Beside Zest, Indian auto lovers are also expecting the launch of Tata Bolt in the country. Bolt, the new hatchback offering from Tata will be offered in both petrol and engine options. While the petrol model of the Bolt will come with the 1.2 liter Revotron turbo petrol engine which can churn out a power of 84 bhp at 5000 rpm and a torque of 140 Nm of 1750-3500 rpm, the diesel version of the car will pack 1.3 liter Multijet diesel motor.