Force Motors launched the Force One SUV at a price of Rs. 10.65 lakh yesterday, and it will compete head to head with the Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari. Here we take a close look at the Force One looks, features, gadgets and engine specifications.
Bold Front: The Force One gets its body panels from the Chinese Guangdong Foday Explorer, but with a few new features. The full chrome radiator grille up front gives a bold look to the SUV. It sports contemporary features like day-time running lights, clear lens headlights and a sporty mesh grill slots for the fog lamps. Also read: Force One SUV launched at Rs. 10.65 lakhs!
Longer Side profile: The Force One measures 4,806 mm length and has a wheelbase of 3,025 mm, which makes it one of the longest SUV in its segment. It is longer than the Mitsubishi Pajero (4,755 mm) and Toyota Fortuner (4,695 mm) while it is shorter than the Ford Endeavour (5,060 mm). The large wheel arches, 16 inch stylish alloy wheels and the 205 mm ground clearance assure a good off-road experience. The glass area is quite large and provides good all-round visibility to the occupants. The pull type door handles and integrated turn indicators on ORVMs too are some contemporary design elements. The car also sports roof rails and aluminum style side steps that give a premium feel to the SUV. The chassis of the vehicle is designed in-house by Force Motors.
Awkward rear: The Force One’s rear is curvy compared to the boxy front, and hence doesn’t gel well with the overall design. The tail lamp cluster seems to be an after-thought. The twin chrome-coated exhaust pipe and warning lights at the rear bumper add to the aesthetic appeal of the Force One.
Interior: The interior of the Force One is quite spacious. The leather seats are arranged in the 2+2+2 pattern with first and second row passengers getting armrests. The driver seat is height adjustable. The company claims that the second row and third row passengers have more leg room than what the competition offers. The second row of seats can be folded (60:40 split), can be reclined and even double folded. The third row of seats is forward-facing and has a side foldable construction in order to free space of luggage when needed. One problem, though, is the high floor, which means less comfortable seats in the second and third rows like in the Ford Endeavour.
Features and gadgets: Force One has a host of features and gadgets. The power-assisted steering is tilt adjustable. It also has audio controls, cruise control and Bluetooth controls. Power window switches are integrated into the driver side door handle. The second row has mobile charger and ash tray. The instrument panel has dials for the speedometer, tachometer, temperature and fuel gauge.
Multi information display: It also incorporates a multi-information display (MID) that indicates distance travelled, average speed, trip wise fuel consumption, service over due warning, distance to empty etc. Force One is also equipped with ultrasonic rear parking system. Force One comes with a JVC 2 DIN CD/MP3 audio system featuring 30 display colors, USB, aux-in ports and four speakers. The external ORVMs are electrically adjustable. Dual AC vents are available for all second and third row passengers. The dashboard has faux wood inserts. The plastic quality, fit and finish are in par with the competition.
Engine: The Force One is powered by a 2,149 cc FMTEC (TD2200 BSIV), 4-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16 valve, turbo intercooled Mercedes Benz diesel engine, that produces 139 bhp of maximum power and 321 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. At present, Force One comes only as a two-wheel drive layout.
Though, Force One has been derived from the Chinese Foday Explorer, it seems to have been thoroughly engineered for Indian road conditions. However, Force One has a tough road ahead competing with strong products such as Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari.
* Prices mentioned are ex-showroom, Delhi
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