Tata Motors, previously known as the Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company or Telco, started manufacturing commercial vehicles way back in 1954 after forming a joint venture with the German auto major, Daimler-Benz. Later, in 2003, TELCO become Tata Motors Ltd.
Telco brought out India’s first pick-up truck, Tata Mobile in 1988.
Thereafter, the auto major brought out the first passenger vehicle, Tata Sierra, a multi-utility vehicle (MUV), in 1991. Subsequently, it launched the Tata Estate in 1992 followed by the most popular light commercial vehicle (LCV) called Tata Sumo in 1994 and then the country’s first sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Tata Safari in 1998.
Telco made the first fully indigenous Indian passenger, Indica in 1998 and established its supremacy in this segment.
Ten years after launching Indica, Tata Motors introduced the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano in 2008 with a price tag of Rs 1,00,000. This tiny car is powered by a small 2-cylinder engine 624 cc producing 38 BHP.
Birth of the Zest
Tata Motors unveiled the stunning sub-compact sedan, Tata Zest, which is based on Tata Motors’ ‘DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext’ philosophy, last year. It comes in both petrol as well as diesel versions. In the petrol variant, one can choose from various models such as the Revotron 1.2T XE, Revotron 1.2T XM, Revotron 1.2T XMS and Revotron 1.2 XT.
Those who have an inclination for diesel version can opt for variants like Quadrajet 1.3 75 PS XE, Quadrajet 1.3 XM, Quadrajet 1.3 XMS, Quadrajet 1.3 XMA, Quadrajet 1.3 XT and Quadrajet 1.3 XTA AMT transmission.
The ex-showroom price of the vehicle is between Rs 4.86 lac and Rs 8.07 lac.
Engine and Transmission Options
The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol models are fitted with efficient 1193 cc engines with 5-speed manual transmission, which produce 89bhp with a torque of 140Nm. Among the diesel versions, the 1.3-litre Multijet 1248 cc engine produces a stunning 74 bhp with a torque of 190 Nm. The 1.3-litre Multijet diesel with a 5-speed manual transmission produces 89 bhp with a whooping 200 Nm torque, while the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel car with an automated manual transmission (AMT) develops 89 bhp power with 200 Nm torque.
Keeping in mind the passengers’ safety, Tata Motors has added several safety features such as duel Supplemental Restraint system (SRS) air bags, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Sensors, Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock, advanced 9th Generation Anti Lock Breaking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force distribution (EBD), front fog lamps, alloy wheels and climate control.
According to the company, each Zest car has to go through stringent pre-launch tests such as going through speed tracks, torture tracks, crash tests and the like before being put at the showrooms for sale.
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