Till now, Force Motors was never considered a pioneer. Well, that could change. Force Motors has just unveiled its new T1N platform. This is no ordinary platform. It has been designed keeping electric powertrains in mind. The Pune-based maker today showcased both the diesel as well as the electric versions. The Force T1N prototype will go on sale later this year in India and will be on display at Auto Expo 2020.
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The Force T1N platform has been in development from the last four years. The company has invested close to Rs 1,000cr on this project. It has also revamped it’s Pithampur facility for the same. The electric powertrain details weren’t revealed today but we got to know that it will support fast charging. Moreover, the charging docket is located close to the front door and sits flush with the body.
Force Motors has used a monocoque platform with the engine as the second box. Yes, the ICE diesel is a BS-VI upgrade of the existing 2.7-litre Mercedes-sourced motor. It makes 360Nm. Force Motors says that the efficiency has gone up. There is also a CNG version too.
In terms of aesthetics, the Force T1N design is inspired from that of a bull. The fascia has got huge projector headlights with LED DRLs. There are also fog lights. 16-inch wheels are being offered along with LED tail lights with guide lights in them. Inside, there is a hint of luxury with an aftermarket looking touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The instrument cluster is typical Force with a lot of warnings. This 18-seater has got decent space and there are also USB charging slots and AC vents for each row.
Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP and more driver aids are available. Force Motors says that the vehicle is crash compliant and also has rollover protection. This is way ahead of the safety norms for such a vehicle class too.
As for the price, we expect the Force T1N to be priced between Rs 15-20 lakh depending on the powertrain. Force is trying their best t localize the electric powertrain for cost effectiveness. Will they be successful or not will be decided upon launch.