Force One (sport utility vehicle)
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|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sport Utility Vehicle|
2.2 FMTECH (BS IV) - 4 Cylinder, DOHC, 16 Valve, Turbo Charged Intercooler EngineTD2650 FTI BS III - 4 Cylinder,Direct Injection, Turbo Charged Intercooler Engine
|Wheelbase||3,025 mm (119 in)|
|Length||4,860 mm (191 in)|
|Width||1,780 mm (70 in)|
|Height||1,885 mm (74 in)|
Force One was launched in 2011 and received much appreciations from owners. At almost 4.8m (16 ft) long and 1.8m (6 ft) wide, the Force One was enormous. Made under the license from Daimler AG the engine was extremely smooth. Suspension, which was fine tuned by Lotus Engineering, UK was claimed to be best in segment.
There were three models available in the market - LX, SX and EX. LX was the high end version which offered 4x4 offroading capability. Both LX and SX versions came with 2.2 litre FMTech 141 PS power engine. EX was lower end model which offered 2.6 litre FTI BSIII engine which developed 82 PS of power. Both LX and SX came with first in the segment feature DRLs (Daytime Running LEDs).
It was a 2.2 FMTECH CRDi, 4 Cylinder In-Line 16v DOHC, 2149 cc power plant which was produced under license from Daimler AG. This 2.2 FMTECH CRDi engine was generating a peak power of 141 Ps @ 3800 RPM and a peak torque: 321Nm @ 1600-2400rpm. It came with a 5 speed manual transmission. Its G32/5 Synchromesh Overdrive Gearbox used an advanced Dual mass flywheel (DMFW) technology.
Acceleration and Performance
There was adequate power to accelerate quickly and was easy to drive with few downshifts. The car was reaching a top speed of 160 kmph.
Ride and Handling
The suspension was optimized equally for both on and off-road performance. It had a ground clearance of 145mm.
The Force One came loaded with 2-din JVC music system with display color options, two front and two rear speakers. There was Bluetooth connectivity, USB and Aux-in ports.
ARAI certified average mileage was 11.6 kmpl. With city driving conditions, mileage might not exceed 13 kmpl while around 16 for highways. Force One was one of the fuel efficient SUV in the segment.
The power assisted steering with tilt and collapsible mechanism and protection guard ensured driver safety. There were no airbags. The front brakes were discs with twin pot four-piston caliper while rear drums were assisted with auto adjuster. One of the unique feature was the over speed warning that warned if the SUV crosses the permissible speed limit. Remote key entry, driver seat warning, door open warning and display, ultrasonic reverse parking sensors for parking in tight spaces, brake pad wear warning along with central looking were other safety features. The SX variant came with option of ABS and the LX variant came with ABS and 4-wheel drive system as standard.
Force One was available in four variants: EX 7-seater, SX 6-seater, SX 7-seater and LX 4x4 7-seater.
In spite of such impressive size and numbers, the SUV failed to meet the Force Motors' expectations. It managed to sell only around 3000 units from November 2011 to January 2016 while initially Force Motors expected to sell 4000 units in the first year of it's launch itself. Finally Force Motors decided to shut the project of Force One in the year 2016 as it was not the profitable business anymore. Company decided to focus on it's core business which is manufacturing of commercial vehicles. Force One will be remembered for it's sheer size, superb performance, handling, suspension and ability to explore any terrain. Indian SUV market misses such gigantic SUVs in current so-called compact SUVs era.