Tata Zest earns 4-star safety rating in global NCAP; it is the first passenger car from an Indian automaker to score that high
Tata Zest compact sedan has received a 4-star safety rating in Global NCAP crash test. With this result, the Zest becomes the first passenger car built by an Indian automaker to receive such high a safety rating. As part of the #SaferCarsforIndia campaign, Global NCAP tested two versions of the car, the standard non-airbag version and new version with optional airbags.
The standard non-airbag version has scored zero-star for adult occupant protection and a single-star for child occupant protection. On the other hand, the new version equipped with optional dual front airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioner and improved structure has scored an impressive 4-star. The car has received 2-star safety rating for child occupant protection as well.
Tata Motors has claimed that, the structural improvement will be introduced to the entire Zest range, for both airbag and non-airbag versions. Incidentally, this improved structure has helped the car a lot to earn 4-star safety rating, as it ensures better safety during impact. Mr. David Ward, Secretary General of the Global NCAP, has urged the automaker to consider offering dual front airbags to the Zest’s basic model as well.
Tata Zest has been designed following the Mumbai-based automaker’s latest design language. Up front, it gets large swept back headlamps, glossy black finished smiling pattern grille with sleek chrome trim, wide air intake. The side profile sports multi-spoke alloy wheels, sharp character lines, turn indicator integrated mirrors, blackened glass area. At rear profile, Zest comes with wrap around taillights and a thick chrome bar running between them.
The Tata Zest is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Petrol variant gets a 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron engine, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. It churns out 90 PS of peak power and 140 Nm of peak torque. The diesel variant comes with a 1.3-litre turbocharged Quadrajet unit under the hood, which produces power in two different tunes – 75 PS and 90 PS. For transmission duty, the Zest diesel gets a 5-speed manual gearbox and an AMT as well.