Force One

Force One

Ex-Showroom Price

₹ 9,38,000 - ₹ 14,02,000
* Delhi. May vary.

USER OPINION

QUICK FACTS & INFORMATION
Car Type SUV
Fuel Type Diesel
ARAI Mileage (Certified) 11.6 kmpl
Official Tagline Be the Force
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine cc (Displacement) 2149 cc
Maximum Power 139.1 Bhp @ 3800 rpm
Maximum Torque 321 Nm @ 1600 rpm
Engine Details DOHC, Turbo Charged Intercooler Engine
Number of Cylinders 4
Drivetrain Four-Wheel Drive (FWD), Electronic - Shift on Fly
Emission Norms 2.2 FM Tech BS IV
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
Mileage (City) 8 kmpl (approx.)
Mileage (Highway) 10 kmpl (approx.)
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Overall Length 4860 mm
Overall Width 1780 mm
Overall Height 1885 mm
Wheelbase 3025 mm
Ground Clearance 145 mm
Kerb Weight 1860 kg
CAPACITY
Seating Capacity 7 (2 + 3 + 2)
Number of Seating Rows 3 Rows
Number of Doors 5 Doors
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 litres
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
Front Brakes Disc Type ; Twin Pot Type Caliper
Rear Brakes Drum Type ; Simplex Brake with LCRV
Front Suspension Independent Double Wish Bone - Coil Spring Suspension
Rear Suspension Multi link with Pan Hard Rod & Coil Spring
WHEELS & TYRES
Alloy Wheels
Tyre Size 245/70 R16 (All Terrain Pattern Tyre)
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Ashtray Yes (On 2nd Row)
Steering Mounted Controls
Power Outlet Yes (12V) (Mobile Charger and Ash Tray for 2nd Row)
Rear AC Vents Yes (Independent AC Control in 1st and 2nd / 3rd row)
Remote Fuel Filler
Speed Limit Warning
Air Conditioner Yes (All 3 row air-conditioning (HVAC))
Keyless Entry
Power Steering
Rear Defogger
Rear Washer & Wiper Yes (Rear Wind Screen Wiper with Rear Washer)
Cruise Control
Power Windows
Remote Boot Release
Sliding and Reclining 2nd Row of Seats Yes (Reclining and Double Folding Front Facing Seats)
MID (Multi Information Display)
EXTERIOR FEATURES
Body Coloured Outside Mirrors
Body Coloured Door Handles
Puddle Lights Yes (On Each Door)
Body Coloured Bumpers Yes (Front & Rear)
Outside Rear-view Mirrors Yes (Electrically Adjusted Mirror)
Roof Rails
Tinted Glass
INTERIOR FEATURES
Sunroof
ACTIVE & PASSIVE SAFETY FEATURES
Seatbelt Reminder Yes (Driver)
Parking Sensors
BRAKING & TRACTION
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Traction Control
LOCKS & SECURITY
Central Locking
INSTRUMENTATION
Trip Distance 2
Programmed Service Reminder
Door Ajar Warning
Tachometer
LIGHTING
Projector Headlamps Yes (With DRL)
Front Fog Lights Yes (Front & Rear)
Headlight Leveller
Darkness Sensing Headlamps
ORVM Turn Indicators
INFOTAINMENT
Music System Yes (2 DIN)
AM/FM Radio
Roof Antenna
Bluetooth Compatibility
SEATS & UPHOLSTERY
Leather Seats
Folding Rear Seats
Driver Seat Adjustment Yes (Height Adjustable)
Key Features of the Car
Summary Force One is a mid range priced SUV with the promise of performance and tough looks. This SUV comes at an ex-showroom price of 14,02,000 (Delhi Pricing) making it much cheaper than competition in the segment. It comes with a 2149cc engine which gives out a maximum power of 139.1 bhp @ 3800 rpm and a maximum torque of 321 Nm @ 1600 rpm. The SUV has a ground clearance of 145 mm and a fuel tank capacity of 70 litres. In this segment it is a rival to Tata Safari Storme and Mahindra Scorpio.

Force One Review

27 Sep, 2014 11:24 PM

Expert Review by Maxabout

Gone are the days when the MUVs like the Trax, Judo and Gama were as trendy as its contemporaries – the Sumo, Armada, MM Commander, etc. That was the time when they commanded our roads as private vehicles, regime vehicles and as commercial MUVs too. Even now the mini-bus Traveller, being the only monocoque bus in the India, sells like hot cakes. The legacy started when Force Motors, a Pune-based auto maker, ventured to offer some light weight commercial vehicles in late 1950s. The company also associated with Daimler AG, Bosch, Man Trucks, etc. And few years back the personal vehicle division of Force Motors came up with an SUV idea which led to the conception of the Force One.

Fast Facts

  • Powered by a 2149cc diesel engine which is manufactured in India under license from Daimler
  • Generates maximum power of 141 Bhp with maximum torque of 321 Nm
  • Available in six variants: EX, SX 6-seater, SX 7-seater, SX ABS 6-seater, SX ABS 7-seater and LX 4x4
  • 150 crore investment, yearly production of 12000 units
  • Main rivals are Tata Safari, Renault Duster and Mahindra Scorpio
  • Features projector headlights and day-time running LEDs
  • Features driver information system, audio control mounted on steering, dual AC vents for each row
  • Along with these the SUV will also have OSRVM side indicators and plush leather seats
  • The ride and handling will have suspension that has been fine-tuned by Lotus Engineering with sixteen-inch alloy wheels along with high ground clearance
  • FMTech stands for Force Motors Technology, and the Power Train is made under license from Daimler
  • ARAI certified mileage of the Force One is 11.6 kilometres per litre
  • Top speed is 160 kmph
  • Available in six shades: Intense White, Emphatic Grey, Robust Blue, Bold Black, Moondust Silver and Fierce Red

Exterior

It is not a Ford Endeavour, though its size and design may pretend to be from distance. But it is impossible to ignore that the Force One is from the genes of the Ford SUVs. It is a re-modelled version of Chinese Ford Explorer popularly known as Guangdong Foday Explorer III. The company uses the same body panels of the Explorer III imported directly from China. The chassis, however, has been designed completely in-house jointly with the Lotus Engineering UK. The SUV looks incredibly bigger and flaunty on roads. The stout bonnet is short, with chunky wheel arches and bumper, makes it look aggressive. Adding to that sort of manifestation is the hefty 16-inch alloys with wider tyres. The chrome grille is just fine and is quite appropriate to the way headlamps are designed. On the side, the door panels are just plain and large. The C-pillar is very thick, with the quarter glass after it, looks very odd. At the rear, the tail gate is top hinged and the tail lamps are designed for good look. The spare wheel hinged to the tail gate may have given it a better, appropriate guise. On the whole, the design is old school and a bit dated, but attractive nonetheless.

Interior

The old school SUV feeling extends to the interior as well. The colour theme, layout and texture of the dashboard could have been better considering the present day trend. The faux wood inserts in the centre console neither looks nor feels nice. The instrument cluster is clear and easy to read. The seats are large and leather upholstered. The space on offer is noteworthy in all the three rows; two adults can sit comfortably even in the third row. And surprisingly, there is decent boot space on offer despite the third row seats. Quality issues are evident. The car lacks good fit and finish with panel gaps even on the dashboard and the leather stitching is a bit crude.

Comfort, Convenience and Features

The all-beige interiors and plush leather upholstery looks premium and cozy. The driver seat is three-way adjustable and the second row seats are captain seats, reclining and is double folding. The driver information system, which tells about fuel consumption, average speed, service warning, etc., and cruise control would aid safe and efficient driving while the leather wrapped steering wheel, 12V power sockets and illumination control, steering mounted audio controls, dual AC vents in all three rows and the OSRVM with side indicators with plush leather seats make sure that you travel in style and comfort. The projector headlamp with daytime running LED's, ORVM with electrically operated mirrors, the stylish roof rail, aluminium side stepper, stylish hub caps, chrome plated twin exhaust system, tail gate spoiler with stop lamp and rear windscreen wiper with washer, would surely grab attention.

Music System

The Force One comes loaded with 2-din JVC music system with display colour options, two front and two rear speakers. There is Bluetooth connectivity and USB, Aux-in ports.

Engine and Gearbox

The Force One SX and LX are powered by 2149cc FMTech (Force Motors Technology) 4cylinder, 16 valve CRDI turbo engine producing 321 Nm of torque and 141 bhp of power. The driveline is developed under the licencing of Daimler AG and can find its roots to the old C-class sedans. The engine has been mated to a 5-speed G32/5, synchromesh gearbox with Dual Mass Fly wheel. ARAI certified mileage of the Force One is 11.6 kilometres per litre. The EX variant is powered by the same engine which also powers the Gurkha. The 2650cc turbo diesel engine generates maximum power of 81 Bhp with maximum torque of 230 Nm.

Acceleration and Performance

The Mercedes engine is smooth and settles down quickly. There is adequate power to accelerate quickly and is easy to drive with few downshifts. Gear shifting is a bit hard and messy especially for city driving. The car reaches a top speed of 160 kmph and isn't safe at that speed. For that matter, no SUVs of this class are safe at such higher speeds.

Ride and Handling

The Force One handles much better than what we would expect from an old school SUV. There is very little body roll, which makes cornering a bit tense-free. The car over-steers when accelerated hard around corners, but that is quite a normal phenomenon with rear-wheel drive vehicles. The independent double wishbone with coil spring suspension at the front and multi-link pan hard rod and coil spring at the rear, with gas filled shock absorbers (tuned by Lotus Engineering) enables a decent ride quality and highway handling. However, bumps still bother the passengers sometimes. The suspension is optimised equally for both on and off-road performance. With a ground clearance of 205mm, it is best suited for tarmac. Unfortunately, no four-wheel drive option is offered as of now.

Mileage

Since the engine is developed by the technology of Daimler AG, Force One is decent in fuel consumption while considering the power delivery. ARAI certified average mileage is 11.6 kmpl. With city driving conditions, mileage may not exceed 13 kmpl while around 16 for highways. Force One is one of the fuel efficient SUV in the segment, though not the top scorer.

Safety

The power assisted steering with tilt and collapsible mechanism and protection guard ensures driver safety. The front brakes are discs with twin pot four-piston calliper while rear drums are assisted with auto adjuster. One of the unique feature is the over speed warning that warns 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 and tear warning along with central looking are other safety features. The SX variant comes with option of ABS and the LX variant comes with ABS and 4-wheel drive system as standard.

Variants

Force One is available in six variants: EX, SX 6-seater, SX 7-seater, SX ABS 6-seater, SX ABS 7-seater and LX 4x4 with ABS as standard.

Shades

Force Motors Force One is available in six shades: Intense White, Emphatic Grey, Robust Blue, Bold Black, Moondust Silver and Fierce Red.

Verdict

With a long list of features, the Force One is well accomplished, powerful and cheaper to buy and own. At the same time, it lacks some of the key features and quality interiors. The SUV looks and feels dated on many fronts. With the advent of the new Safari Storme and Renault Duster, the standards for this segment have gone higher and Force Motors need to make their SUV more upmarket. Nevertheless, Force One is an excellent attempt and is serious rival for others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most Popular FAQs for Force One
  • Tell Me the Engine Specifications of Force One EX?
    23 Aug, 2013

    Force One EX comes packed with a 2.6L diesel engine which offers a decent power of 80.9 bhp at 3200 rpm and a peak torque of 230 Nm at the rate of mere 1800-2000 rpm.

    The mighty masculine engine delivers 14 km/l of a healthy mileage on the busy roads and about 3 units more on highways. The fuel tank capacity stands at 70 liters and it has a seating capacity of seven. The SUV looks rugged and aggressive. The interiors are given a luxurious plush which would certainly lure the Indian consumers. It comes accessorized with a JVC audio unit which is accompanied by great quality speakers.

    It makes your journey pleasant and joyful. It comes fitted with tubeless tyres and the braking system fitted is efficient. The safety features include a remote key, a seat belt warning lamp, reverse parking sensors etc. The SUV also gets ABS, aspect along with EBD, which assists in case of panic braking. The acceleration is praiseworthy but its price should have been more competitive.

  • What is Ex-showroom Price of Force One SUV LX?
    25 Jul, 2013

    Force one SUV LX gets an amazing ex-showroom price of Rs.12,50,000, in New Delhi.

    The SUV looks aggressive in the front and the side profile makes it looks sturdy. The headlamps come hooked with LED turning lamps. Force Motors have done well with the variant. It features an all wheel drive system. It comes equipped with a 2149 cc engine which churns out a max power of 139 bhp at the rate of mere 3800 rpm and a peak torque of 321 Nm at the rate of 1600-2400 rpm. On a long highway route, its capable of delivering 17 km/l and in the city area, it gifts around 3 units lesser.

    Force Motors Force One SUV LX features the CRDi fuel system and it also gets a Turbocharger. Its a perfect six seater and is much roomy and spacious from within. Its overall length stands at 4860mm and its ground clearance measures 205 mm. The wheelbase is sturdy 3025 mm and is just 1885 mm high. The SUV is available in 5 exciting shades and the audio system fitted in is from JVC you can fully customize the car and make it more appealing. All in all, the diesel engine options are powerful. But, much more features can be added, it has to be improved a lot.

  • What is Ex-showroom price of Force One SUV EX?
    25 Jul, 2013

    Force One SUV EX is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs.8.99 Lakh.

    The exteriors of the SUV are well done with. The front fascia is eye catchy and the grille get the logo in the center. The headlamps are attractive and the front bumper too is body colored. It comes equipped with many comfort aspects. The seats are nicely upholstered and the plastic quality used is acceptable. The SUV comes powered by a 2.2L engine, with a displacement capacity of 2149 cc and is a four potted one. It delivers a peak power of 139 bhp at 3800 rpm and a beating torque of 321 Nm at the rate of mere 1600-2400 rpm. It is claimed to have a top speed of 150 km/h and it offers a healthy fuel economy of 14 to 17 km/l. When it comes to the accessorized, it gets the JVC audio unit which comes along with the speakers uniformly distributed over.

    Force Motors Force One SUV EXstands on four tubeless tyres, which provide a superior grip on any damn terrain. The safety features tucked in are ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensor, a remote key access, fog lamps, central locking etc. The braking system fitted too is efficient. All in all, the car is great and is reasonable too.

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