TVS Motors launched the first Scooty twenty years ago in the year 1993. Now, after more than two decades, TVS Motors have launched the all-new Scooty Zest 110. The Scooty Zest 110 is bigger and more powerful than any other Scooty model launched until now. The latest iteration of TVS’s most popular scooter brand till date is a culmination of TVS’s unrelenting effort to create a solid product in the increasingly important scooter segment. The relatively conservative, yet technologically accomplished South Indian company has spent to the tune of 70 crore rupees for the development of the new scooter. The emphasis has been on catering to the requirements of an everyday user, based on extensive market research.
The scooter segment in India has been seeing tremendous growth in the last few years and it is evident from the fact that the Honda Activa briefly became the best selling two-wheeler in the Indian market for some duration. Automatic scooters are increasingly being preferred by commuters owing to the ease of riding and extra space offered by them. The Scooty Zest 110 would be yet another, and probably the most powerful product by TVS for the segment, after introducing the immensely capable Wego and Jupiter scooters. TVS Motors recently invited us to test the Scooty Zest 110 on the test track at their Hosur plant and here are our first impressions of the latest TVS scooter on the block.
Design and build quality
The TVS Scooty Zest 110 is targeted towards the fairer sex and at the first glance reminds you of the Pep+. Soon enough, though, you realize it’s an all-new model, with much trendier and contemporary lines – very modern and trendy. Although TVS is marketing the product keeping in mind the young college going girl, the Zest in the black shade looks very different from how it looks in other colors, and wouldn’t look out of place ferrying a young college going dude. It’s the color of choice of the 5 options available, if you have to share your scoot with your sister.
The Zest gets a re-styled headlight which looks somewhat like a bigger version of the unit found on the Scooty Pep+. The unique feature in this headlight is that it lights up the left section of the road a bit more. According to TVS, the feature is useful to make the casual walkers swerving in and out on the road’s fringes more visible in the night.
The dual tone apron houses the front number plate and stylish blinkers with sharp lines flowing around them in the form of decals. A triangular piano black insert on the front apron features the TVS emblem. The Zest gets stylish leaf shaped body colored mirrors and the switchgear is housed on a smooth, painted panel. Below the instrument console, the Scooty Zest features an open glove box, with enough space to hold a big one-litre bottle and more space for other knick-knacks.
The Scooty Zest looks striking in profile with its big, boomerang shaped rear blinkers extending onto the side panels. The side panel itself is beautifully styled with an upswept, rearwards tapering side panel. The panel under the floorboard is also body colored and looks nice with mild stickering. The foot-pegs are neatly housed in a body-colored recess. The new Scooty has a unique, sporty, yet curvaceous stance in profile, which in our opinion would be loved by the ladies.
The Zest also gets a textured floor board for better grip and a double stitched seat. At the rear, boomerang shaped indicators along with the LED taillight bestow the Zest with a fresh look. The body panels feature sharp design cues and are neatly integrated with the rear blinkers. The engine is all black and the compact muffler comes fitted with a stainless steel guard similar to the one seen on the 2014 TVS Wego. We couldn’t find any uneven gap within the body panels and the fit and finish on the Zest is absolutely top notch.
The Zest gets its fuel filler under the seat unlike the Wego and Jupiter. The underseat storage volume stands at 19 litres, which is pretty huge for a compact scooter and can easily house a full face medium sized helmet.
The switchgear quality is top notch and the buttons feel built to last. The speedometer is backlit and gets the power and economy mode indicators (more on this later). The handle grips are made of soft and high quality rubber which will be favoured by the female riders. The centre stand is the TVS patented EaZy centre stand which requires minimal effort from the rider. There is also a brake lever clip to prevent the scooter from rolling away when parked on inclined surfaces. With a light kerb weight of 97 kg, putting the Zest on the centre stand will be a cakewalk for the ladies. Fuel tank capacity is 5 liters which, though not too much, is par with the segment and will translate into roughly around 250+ kilometres on a tank full of gasoline.