The embargo on the highly awaited compact sedan from Tata Motors, the Zest, has just been lifted. The Tata Zest is the first vehicle from Tata Motors that clearly exemplifies the HorizoNext themes of DesigNext, DriveNext and ConnectNext for its passenger vehicle business. We take a look at what this car has to offer its buyers:
The biggest USP of this car is that it comes in at under 4 metres in length, thereby having a lower cost due to the reduced excise duty. Tata Motors has taken some effort in designing this car aesthetically and the results are clear to see. With its projector headlamps, rear view mirrors with turn indicators incorporated into them and classy tail lamp clusters with LED style lights, the Zest looks very smart overall.
The good looks do not stop with the exterior of the car but instead, they continue into the interiors as well. Everything from the instrument binnacle that seems to extend over to and wrap around the differently shaped air vents, the glossy black centre console with a silvery grey surround, makes the passenger cabin of the new Tata Zest a very nice place to sit in. To enhance the looks further, the dashboard is finished in a two-tone colour scheme of Java Black and Latte Brown. The gear knob and AC vents have thin chrome surrounds for that classy look as well. The concept of storage has been well thought out as well – the car comes with door pockets in all doors, cup holders and an under storage drawer on the passenger side.
Yes, Tata Motors has included a good number of gadgets in the new Zest such as an AC with climate control that is operated from the infotainment touchscreen, steering mounted controls for the audio system and handsfree telephony, bluetooth connectivity and so on. But undoubtedly, one of the best features of this car is its new ConnectNext infotainment system by world famous audio system maker, Harman. This is an 8 speaker system with a touchscreen multimedia display and aux-in, bluetooth and USB compatibility. The Zest also has a multi information display that keeps the driver up to date with all the essential information like instantaneous fuel consumption, distance to empty, dual trip meter, door and tailgate open warning, gear shift indicator and more. Other convenient features include a foldable key, theatre dimming, power windows all around and a 12 volt power socket.
The Indian car buyer is becoming more conscious of safety features in their vehicles and Tata Motors has not omitted them. The new compact sedan gets ABS with EBD and corner stability control, central locking, an engine immobiliser, tilt adjustable steering, rear parking sensors with a display on the infotainment screen, daytime running lights.