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Tata Zest spied with AMT transmission

Tata Zest spied with AMT transmission

Snapshot: Automated Manual Transmission seems to be the flavour of 2014 with Tata also introducing Zest with new transmission

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The Bolt hatchback and Zest sedan are the most-awaited products from the Tata's stable. Alongwith new generation engines, the new players from Tata will also become the company's first products to feature AMT transmission. The company has been testing both the models since a while and this time around, the Zest got snapped again while testing its Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) version.

Interestingly, Tata will introduce the AMT equipped Zest in its diesel avatar as well, making it the India's entry sedan to feature this much praised newly-derived automatic transmission. The Zest is based on older Vista's platform with a lot of mechanical revisions to improve the model dynamics. Tata unveiled the Bolt and Zest in February and we were quite impressed seeing the considerable improvements in its overall fit, finish and material quality.

Powering the petrol models with newly-developed 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron unit while the diesel variants will get the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre QuadraJet engine. Possibilities of latter to be offered in two different tunes are highly likely. Manual transmission option will be a 5-speed gearbox while the other will be AMT but its details are under wrap as yet.

Tata is likely to introduce both these new models around the third quarter of this year. Expect the new sedan to be priced between Rs 4.5 lakh and 8 lakh while the Bolt will be around Rs 4-7 lakh bracket would make sense. The Zest will rival the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and their likes.



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