Force One is termed to be a sports utility, rugged vehicle and competitor of the Mahindra XUV 500, Tata Safari Storme, among others present in this particular segment. The manufacturer has come out with 4 different variants, SX ABS 7-Seating, EX, LX 4x4 and SX ABS 6-Seating. Besides the base variant, the car is equipped with an anti-lock braking system combined with brake force electronic distribution. Overall, this is a car that is sure to make the owners proud and also is designed to cater the driving needs of a big family.
Force One comes in several color options for the buyer to choose the one that appeals his eyes the most. The color options present in the SUV models are Robust Blue, Bold Black, Moondust Silver, Emphatic Grey, Intense White and Fierce Red.
The Force One SUV tends to feature projector headlamps along with LEDs that are day time running, 16” all terrain tyres that make the ride smooth and comfortable on any type of Indian roads. The exteriors of the stylish SUV have been designed with a huge radiator grille along with thicker chrome slats. This is embossed with prominent logo of the manufacturer at the centre. Besides it, it does have a headlight cluster that is beautifully carved, sleek bonnet having couple of character visible lines, elegant alloy wheel set, including sporty roof rails for providing the vehicle the kind of attractive look and mesmerizing effect that it has got.
The exterior of Force One rather has been made quite aggressive and bold and there is no denying the fact. One look at it is enough to state its masculine features and the power and strength that this SUV displays. The grille is enclosed by radiant headlight cluster, incorporated with projector lights of high intensity and the side-turn indicators. The bumper that is body colored comes along with black protective cladding. It is said to have perforated air dam to cool the engine fast. Pair of fog lamps that are round shaped also encloses this. Sleek bonnet possesses couple of character lines that increases the frontage elegance. Widescreen is created from laminated toughened glass, integrated with couple of intermittent wipers. The side profile has been designed neatly. The door handles are body colored, including the external rear view mirrors. The external wing mirrors have been fit with the side-turn blinkers and are electrically adjustable. The wheel arches of the base variant is flared up and fitted with robust steel wheel set, whereas, the other trims tend to get modish light weight set of alloy wheels. The rims are covered further with tubeless radial tyres for better grip and performance. The rear end does have big boot lid that is embedded with chrome plated strip and variant badging. Moreover, it also possesses radiant tail-light cluster, sporty roof spoiler having stop lamp that is high mounted and bumper that is body colored along with couple of reflectors. The big windscreen boasts of a defogger coupled with wipe and wash function. Sturdy roof has been fitted with roof rails of black color, which further adds to the SUV’s masculine appeal.
The Force One vehicle’s overall dimension is quite spacious having overall length of about 4860 mm with width of about 1780 mm, including the external rear view mirrors. LX variant’s total height is about 1935 mm and height of the other trim being 1885 mm. The vehicle has been designed with massive wheelbase of about 3052 mm, which ensures spacious cabin. The ground clearance is quite decent with 205 mm, therefore, helping it to deal with all types of terrains. The fuel tank stores to around 70 liters diesel that is sufficient for long drives.
The steering wheel of Force One that is leather wrapped and there are present wood inserts on the dash, shift-on-fly 4x4 having limited slip differential and three row AC for maximum comfort to the occupants. The inside of the car is very spacious and has been designed in dual toned color scheme. There are plenty of comfort features provided in it. The cushion seats are above expectation and covered with some fine fabric upholstery. Also, there are several remarkable convenient features that includes responsive and sleek power steering wheel, the latest music system, powerful HVAC unit, power windows on all the four, external rear view mirrors that are electrically adjustable and other interesting and enticing aspects.
Force One’s interior space is termed to be quite a phenomenal one and the manufacturer claims to have ample knee space in both the 2nd and 3rd row in this specific segment. Also, the seats are quite comfortable and cozy that the occupants can relax throughout the journey. The SUV’s insides has been done up very lavishly and is equipped with plenty of advanced features. Seats are properly cushioned and there is ample leg room for everyone. LX variant seats are covered in premium leather upholstery, and the other trims have premium fabric upholstery. It is integrated along with some adjustable head restraints.
Dashboard present on the Force One SUV is created from scratch resistant plastic of high quality material. This means that it will remain as fresh as new in spite of the daily wear and tear. It has several interesting features such as the instrument panel, sporty steering wheel along with multi functional switches, AC vents and spacious glove box. The instrument panel boasts of trip meter, speedometer, digital tachometer, including other modifications along with warning lamps to provide important information to driver. The steering wheel is tilt adjustable and very responsive, therefore, making handling much easier. There are also several charging points present in 1st and 2nd row. The gear shift knob that is chrome accentuated along with inside door handle and steering wheel of leather strapped, does provide the interiors of the SUV a real, classy looks, something that would make the buyer to go in its favor. Besides this, the SUV is provided with sun visors along with vanity mirror on the passenger side, night and day internal rear-view mirror, bottle holders, front-center arm rest and spacious boot compartment.
The Force One’s SX and LX versions are blessed with a high end JVC 2 DIN entertainment system that would keep the occupants entertained throughout the drive. It also arrives with MP3 and CD player plus color options up to 30 numbers. The car promises best entertainment as it has both rear and front speakers. The unit also has Bluetooth support, USB support and auxiliary ports to let you connect your mobile devices. The power steering has audio controls mounted on it which bestows better control to the driver. However, the entry level variant does not have infotainment system. The owners of this SUV has the preference to customize further with eye grabbing features like body decals on its bonnet or side, alloy wheels and mud flaps.
HEART OF THE MATTER
Force Motors has introduced the Force One LX, a 4 wheel drive. It is a 4x4 SUV that is powered by 2.2 liter Diamler AG licensed FMTECH engine that produces maximum torque of 321 Nm and 139.1 BHP. Moreover, the engine has been mated to manual transmission of 5 speed that is licensed from Dialmer AG. The entry level variant has been powered by diesel engine of 2.6 liter and comes with displacement capacity of about 2650cc. Moreover, the Force One has the ability to churn 80.8 bhp along with torque of 230 Nm. Similarly, other variants are said to be powered by diesel engine of 2.2 liter, having ability to churn maximum power of 139.07 bhp and 321 Nm torque respectively. Both the engines have been coupled with manual transmission 5 speed gear box.
The acceleration of the Force One SUV is wonderful addition for this segment. The manual transmission 5 speed gear box and 2.2 liter engine can actually help the vehicle to attain maximum speed of about 140 – 150 kmph. Similarly, it also has the power to cross speed barrier of about 100 kmph in just 16-18 seconds. Maximum speed attained by the 2.6 liter engine is 145 – 155 kmph and accelerate 0 to 100 kmph in just 17 seconds. The acceleration of Force One makes it the best one in the SUV segment as the car feels much quick paced than it actually is.
There are two diesel engine choices for customers to select from the new Force One series. The EX variant has been equipped with 2.6 liter powerful engine and boasts of 16 valves, 4 cylinders and displaces capably 2650 cc. Moreover, it has been integrated with direct injection system to assist in producing maximum mileage of about 17kmpl. The inter-cooled, turbocharged motor could produce optimum power at 3200 RPM of 81 bhp to combine with 230 Nm of peak torque, within a range of about 1800 – 2000 RPM. This is considered to be very good for Indian traffic conditions and the roads. The LX and SX variants have been incorporated with diesel engine of 2.2 liter, having displacement ability of 2200 cc. The Force One is said to carry 16 valves, 4 cylinders and based on double overhead camshaft configuration valve. The rail based common engine could generate peak power at 3800 RPM of 139 BHP and also yield 321 Nm of maximum torque output, ranging from 1600 – 2400 RPM. The manual transmission 5 speed gear box has been paired with these engines and is complaint with the existing Bharat Stage – 3 and 4 emission norms. The performance of the engine and the vehicle is laudable, thanks to its Daimler engine as it maintains the NVH levels to the lowest level.
The Force One SUV boasts of superior fuel efficiency, which is around 10 to 11 km/liter if driven in normal conditions. The direct injection fuel system supply is rail based and both the variant are incorporated with it. This helps all the variants of the vehicle to deliver impressive performance. Force One generates 17 kmpl in highways and somewhere near to 14kmpl in city traffic conditions.
The Force One vehicle’s suspension and braking mechanism are very proficient, helping it to be balanced properly every time. In regards to safety, the SUV has been bestowed with several safety features for providing maximum security and protection to the passengers and the vehicle. The body has a rigid structure with crumple zones and side impact beams which protect occupants present within the cabin, if there is any unfortunate collision. Besides these, there is also central locking system, collapsible steering column, and other favorable aspects that are sure to impress its occupants. It has bright fog lamps to offer excellent visibility on fog filled areas or during rainy seasons. The distance indicators pair up well with the reverse parking assist to help the driver park the SUV with ease. The front bumper of Force One has a skid guard fitted beneath it to prevent the engine from getting damaged when driving on rough roads. The instrument panel is also studded with an array of features such as over speed warning, door open indicator, warning for wearing seat belt and indicator wearing for brake pad. The safety quotient of this SUV from Force Motors also has a steering column which is collapsible and a central locking system.
ABS is present as an optional in the Force One along with enhanced braking ability. This series has been blessed with efficient and highly effective suspension system which keeps it quite stable on any type of road conditions. Front axle has been assembled with independent double wishbone and the rear one tends to get multi-link with system that is of the pan hard-rod type. Coil springs are loaded onto the axles along with shock absorbers that are gas charged. This effectively enables the SUV to have the capability to deal with any kind of jerks that are caused due to bumpy and uneven roads, thereby making driving very comfortable. Braking system also is very much reliable and the front wheels have been fitted with disc brake set with twin pot caliper. The rear wheels have been equipped with very drum brakes of very high performance. The mechanism gets further assisted with the presence of anti lock braking system with the electronic brake-force distribution that is present in the top end and mid trims. It helps the vehicle to be in complete control. Handling is very efficient even during the peak traffic conditions in the city.
Tubeless radial tyres of Force One having size 235/70 R16 is used for the SX and EX trims and the high-end variant boasts of having radial tyres of size 245/70 R16. This provides excellent grip on terrains of any type. The high end and mid trims include stylish hub caps, which further adds to the side profile’s appearance. Besides this, the SUV comes with an affixed spare wheel present in the boot compartment with the essential tools needed to change flat tyre to make the journey a smooth and comfortable one.
Overall, the vehicle has been very highly rated not only by the car buyers, but also by the experts and the critics. It’s beautiful designing, both interiors and exteriors, the finish, the masculine look, the power and all simply make you to have a look at it continuously without batting the eye. The positive points of the Force One vehicle is that it does enjoy a robust and well built, strong body structure, there is a proficient suspension system in place, ABS along with EBD is definitely an additional point to be considered, pickup and acceleration is just great and it has spacious interiors for everyone present within it. However, we felt that this monstrous SUV, Force One would be a better choice if the fuel economy was a bit better and if it had a few more features of comfort at a competitive price. We also felt that the engine was a bit noisy and the safety aspects is much limited than the rest of the SUVs in the market. The Delhi ex-showroom price of Force One is just Rs. 13.98 lakhs, making it an excellent purchase for those, who love to own an SUV with a powerful engine. In short, it looks like this muscular rugged Force One is here to stay for sometime…