Force One 4×4 and new base variant soft launched

Force Motors has apparently quietly slipped in two more variants of the Force One, which were anyway expected. One is a base variant with prices starting at Rs 8.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and the other is a top-end four-wheel drive variant with ABS (but no airbags), which is about Rs. 1.2 lakh more expensive than the two-wheel drive.

Force Motors badly needed more variants in its line up to improve sales of the Force One, as sales have been slow owing to lack of dealerships and the marketing muscle needed to move this muscular SUV. Also read: Force One road test and review

Prices

Force One EX (7-seater): Rs. 8.99 lakh

Force One SX (7-seater): Rs. 11.71 lakh

Force One SX (6-seater): Rs. 11.78 lakh

Force One SX ABS (7-seater): Rs. 11.99 lakh

Force One SX ABS (6-seater): Rs. 12.06 lakh

Force One LX 4×4 ABS (6-seater): Rs. 13.2 lakh (estimated)

Also see: Force One car research hub

What’s new with the new variants of the Force One?

Force One EX

The base variant of the Force One is a stripped down version, which loses out on a lot of features. It has been labelled the Force One EX variant. Cruise control, daytime running lights, steering audio controls, rear wiper, rear fog lamps, parking sensors, leather seats and alloy wheels have all be taken out of the vehicle to bring down the price to Rs. 8.99 lakh. (The original Force One was launched at Rs. 10.65 lakh in August 2011, but prices have since gone up nearly Rs. 1 lakh).

The big change in this variant of the Force One is the engine. It gets the 2.6 litre engine from the Force Gurkha, producing just 82 bhp of power and 230 Nm of torque, with a five-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. This vehicle will only be available in places where BS-III emission norms are still in force, mainly in rural India.  Also read: Force One vs Mahindra XUV500 – how they compare

Force One SX

The Force One original is now called the Force One SX. It comes with all the bells and whistles in terms of infotainment system, alloy wheels, daytime running lamps, multi-function display, keyless entry, cruise control etc.

The big addition is the option of ABS now being available with this variant of the Force One –a key safety feature that it missed out on initially. However, there are still no airbags on offer in any of the variants of the Force One. The Force One SX is available in four configurations – two with ABS, and two without in a five plus driver and six plus driver.  The SX and LX variants retain the Mercedes-Benz derived 2.2 litre diesel engine putting out 140 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque. Also see: Force One photo gallery

Force One LX 4×4

The best one yet in the line up is the Force One 4×4, a vehicle that was displayed at the Auto Expo 2012, but has taken nearly 1.5 years to be launched, and that too quietly. This Force One 4×4 features a shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system (from Borg Warner), which is almost identical to the system used on the Mahindra Scorpio and the Tata Safari Storme 4×4 variants. The vehicle also gets a limited slip rear differential like the Tata Safari Storme, making it quite competent for slippery conditions. It also comes with ABS as standard.

The Force One is one of the longest and most spacious SUVs around, beating even the Ford Endeavour in interior roominess. It comes in five colour options. What’s holding it back is the lack of a service network. The vehicle is competitively priced almost at a par with the Mahindra Scorpio and cheaper than the Tata Safari Storme, making it pretty decent value for money. Also read: Force One vs Mahindra Scorpio VLX

Source: Motorbeam