A few days back we reported the sighting of a stripped down variant of the Force One SUV. Now we have managed to take some more pictures of the new variant, which will try and increase the sales of the model for the carmaker.
The cut price variant of the Force One SUV loses its body colored bumpers / ORVMs, daytime running LEDs, chrome inserts, fog lamps, roof rails and alloys wheels. The body colored bumpers and RVMs have been replaced by low cost black plastic bits. Certain features would be taken down from the interior also to bring down the cost further.
In a bid to make it even more cost effective, Force Motors may just replace the power-plant of the SUV from the Daimler 2.2 liter diesel engine to a cheaper to produce unit. Rumors suggest that the new engine may be a 2.6 liter CRDI unit which currently powers the Trax range of people movers, producing a measly 60 bhp of power. We expect that force Motors would alter the oil burner slightly to deliver more power for the Force One.
The technology for the engine on the cheaper variant, however, is rather antiquated and in our opinion wouldn’t quite be able to satisfy the more refined taste of personal users. Modern engine technology has made oil burners smooth, quiet and very powerful, and most Indian car users have experienced it firsthand. If, however, the engine delivers good fuel efficiency it can catch the attention of taxi operators who would be interested in Force one if it’s offered at a good price.
We expect the new entry level variant of the vehicle to be priced at Rs 8 lakh ex-showroom or thereabouts. Expect the new car to be introduced to the market in the first quarter of 2013 itself.
Stay tuned, as we bring you more info on the product.