Force Cruiser: A closer look at India’s BIGGEST MUV

Force is mostly known for its Gurkha. However, they also sell the Trax Cruiser which is usually bought in the commercial segment. Here, we have a detailed video on one of the biggest and most affordable MUVs in India.

The video is uploaded on YouTube by Auto Models. The host first shows us the engine. It is the same unit that is doing duty on the Gurkha. So, it is a 2.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 90 Ps of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission only. The host says that the bonnet of the Trax Cruiser is quite heavy. There is also insulation on the underside of the bonnet which reduces the sound of diesel clatter from entering the cabin. However, that does not really do a good job because there are a lot of vibrations and diesel clatter that still creeps into the cabin.

Force Trax Cruiser looks like a basic SUV. So, it is boxy and has straight lines. There are square-shaped halogen headlamps with turn indicators. The grille is quite large and square, there are also reflector strips on the sides of the Force badging and beneath the headlamps. There are foglamp housings but the foglamps are missing. However, you can get fog lamps as they are optional.

Force Cruiser: A closer look at India’s BIGGEST MUV

The wheelbase of the Trax Cruiser is a massive 3,050 mm. It has a length of 5,120 mm, a width of 1,818 mm and a height of 2,027 mm. It has a ground clearance of 160 mm or 191 mm. Trax Cruiser weighs a massive 3.1 tonnes. It has a fuel tank of 63.5 litres. The feature list includes power windows, power steering, central locking, air conditioning etc.

The MUV comes with a regular key. Force offers a total of three keys, there is no central locking on offer. There are steel rims on the side with tyres that measure 215/75 R15. There are side steps also that help in ingress and egress. What helps, even more, are the grab handles mounted on the A and B pillars. There is also body cladding that runs throughout the length of the SUV. There are black outside rearview mirrors that you would need to adjust from the outside. At the rear, there are vertically stacked tail lamps, four parking sensors, reflector strips and a spare tyre mounted. The tailgate opens sideways so that the rear occupants can climb inside using their own footstep.

Then the host climbs into the interior and it is pretty basic. The host says that there is ample under-thigh support but in the second row, there is limited legroom. Then he gets two the third row of seats which you can access by opening the tailgate. At the D-pillar, there is a grab handle mounted which makes it easier to get inside. The third row is mounted sideways which is not really safe in case of an accident. Four people can sit in the third row but there is limited legroom.

Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)