India’s leading manufacturer of vans, Force Motors, demonstrated the next generation, all-new shared mobility platform. The new product, code-named T1N, is a monocoque van, suitable for the luxury segment of shared mobility. It will be available with diesel, CNG as well as electric power-trains. The commercial launch will take place at the end of 2020, as will the name reveal. Force Motors will introduce this new concept at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 as well. The current Traveler (widely referred to as Tempo Traveller) is the leader in the tourism segment. The company claims it has invested over Rs 1000 crore to develop this model over the past four years.
Managing Director of Force Motors, Mr. Prasan Firodia, said that the segment leaders had considered it as a duty to offer its customers what they require along with what they are aspiring for. The company is quietly confident about the customers to welcome the new product.
What’s New in Force Motors T1N?
A two-box configuration keeps the engine entirely out of the passenger compartment to reduce NVH levels in the passenger seating area. The independent front suspension with the transverse parabolic springs shall offer the best in class seating comfort in the segment.
Force Motors T1N is in the same league as leading international products, with its next-generation global styling, and body design. The looks are further improved by the segment-first DRLs, projector headlamps and first in the segment tail lamps having a light guide technology, all of which make it a head-turner whichever way you look at it. Besides, it also provides driver and co-driver safety with crash and rollover airbags, a first in the market. It also comes with ABS (anti-lock brake system) EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), EDTC (Engine Drag Torque Control), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ventilated disk brakes on all four wheels for enhanced passenger safety. The ergonomically designed cockpit has a car-like steering and adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column.
It gets powered by a new BS6-compliant, Common Rail Diesel engine with a peak torque of around 350Nm. The platform is undergoing final testing and homologation. More than 100 specialists are working on this platform, the company said, with domain experts from various countries like Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Japan, and the USA.
With this platform, Force Motors will also target international markets, notably the Middle East, Africa, ASEAN, and South America. The exact pricing will be revealed at the time of commercial launch. The company added that from its existing platforms, it would continue to produce vehicles.
In the van segment, Force Motors has over 2/3rd of the market share. With T1N, the company wants to take the end customer to an altogether different level of the ride experience.
This new product will be manufactured at the company’s Pithampur plant, with a new body shop having the robotic and laser welding facilities.