Published: August 7, 2014 | India
Tata Motors has unveiled the much-anticipated Zest compact sedan in the country in August, 2014. Zest will be the country’s first ever diesel car to feature the automated manual transmission.
The Zest is no doubt a very important car for Tata Motors. The auto maker wants to break away from its purely functional and almost rural image to deliver a small sedan that is absolutely ready to take on the needs and demands of 21st century car buyers. Apart from the revolutionary new REVOTRON engine and the appealing design of the Zest, one place where the company has really done its homework is in terms of the car’s interior features.
As part of the ConnectNext initiative, which is one pillar of Tata’s new HORIZONEXT philosophy for its passenger cars, the Zest gets a bang-up-to-date connectivity solution for the cabin. Tata Motors has worked closely with audio-specialist Harman and navigation provider Mapmyindia to design and engineer an infotainment system which is supposed to be the best-in-class for the compact sedan segment. At the heart of this system is a 5-inch touchscreen display that offers complete smartphone connectivity through a Bluetooth interface. The seamless smartphone integration also features a voice recognition system that understands users’ commands and also reads out received SMS messages. And for a rich audio experience, this audio system features nothing short of 8 speakers (4 mail speakers and 4 tweeters).
The car’s automatic climate control system (which Tata calls FATC – Fully Automatic Temperature Control) is also supposed a first-in-class feature and is integrated into the infotainment system to show temperature data on the car’s touchscreen. Apart from the 5-inch screen in the centre console, the instrument cluster also houses a 2.5-inch segmented display which can notify the driver about ajar doors along with giving fuel computation information and gear-shift recommendation, amongst other things. The Zest’s newly designed steering wheel offers controls for the complete infotainment system along with the voice command system.
Source: Zee News