Just four days before the start of 12th Auto-Expo in Greater Noida, Tata Motors has unveiled today two new cars – the compact sedan, ZEST and the sporty, dynamic premium hatchback, BOLT, which they plan to start selling in India in the second half of the year, and subsequently in other countries.
Both the cars – ZEST and BOLT, are a result of the collaborative design inputs from the three Tata Motors design studios in Pune, Coventry (UK) and Turin ( Italy). These cars come with several new features of the segment and a new design on the exterior and the interior of the car.
ZEST and BOLT have been designed and developed based on three key fundamental principles, namely, DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext.
DesignNext is an expresion of combination of sleek, smart styling and enhanced comfort that increases driver productivity. The new design semantics include the new Tata signature grill with new the Humanity Line, visually flowing into the dynamic headlamps to create a unique design signature for the brands. With flowing lines that create an illusion of movement even when the car is standing still. In the ZEST, the projector headlamps is complemented by chrome accents, the daytime running lights, the rear treatment of LED lamps, the trendy 15” alloy wheels, combines with a signature Buzz Blue colour. On the other hand, the BOLT’s floating roof spoiler not only provides an extra-sporty touch but also aids in aerodynamics. The sporty, confident look is further enhanced with fog lamp Bezels.
The interiors of both these cars give a premium feel. The dashboard comes with chrome embellishment to render the cockpit with an aura of elegance. The instrument cluster and the central AC vents are connected in a single wing-shaped graphics.
DriveNext, is a new approach to the driving dynamics that offers driver complete control of a highly responsive machine. The ZEST and BOLT cars will be powered by the Turbocharged Intercooled Multi-point Fuel-Injected (MPFi) Petrol Engine, REVOTRON 1.2T. The diesel variant of ZEST will have the first-in-class F-Tronic technology-enabled, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission and will be powered by a segment-leading 90PS engine with 200 Nm of uninterrupted flat torque to offer a peppy drive with seamless delivery of power.
Further, both ZEST and BOLT will have EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted System), with ‘Active Return’ function and speed sensitive power steering – a first for both segments. New advanced ABS for improved braking efficiency and with yet another segment-first, the Cornering Stability feature, add to the safety features of the vehicle. A silent, quieter cabin will ensure a pleasant and superlative drive experience. The Dual-path suspension coupled with a zero pivot subframe ensures smooth and comfortable ride. The improved suspension provides effective isolation from road inputs without compromising on the body control, translating into a class leading balance between ride and handling.
Zest would be available in both petrol and diesel variants, while Bolt will come only with petrol engine.
With ConnectNext, the company will deliver a new level of driving and stay coneected experience. In both Zest and Bolt, HARMAN infotainment system, and MapmyIndia navigation system will be provided. Both the cars will have 5-inch touchscreen for multimedia experience, advanced Bluetooth technology, smart voice recognition, advanced smartphone integration, supporting phone enabled navigation, social media integration, touch phone controlled interface, so that while driving, you remain connected and have wonderful infotainment experience.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, President, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors, said, “We at Tata Motors are delighted to showcase to the global market the much awaited next generation cars – the ZEST, a stunning and exciting new compact sedan and the BOLT, a dynamic hatch. These cars have been engineered for global markets, through global teams across India, UK and Korea to set new standards in their respective segments. These cars are a true representation of our Horizonext philosophy, with best-in-class offerings for performance that yet offers economy and efficiency.”