Force One : Road Test
That's exactly what it is for the first personal passenger vehicle offering from Force Motors. But will this Force be the One to be reckoned with? ZigWheels takes you behind the wheels for the answer
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So I’m in the middle of a movie when I get a call about collecting Force Motors’ latest baby, the Force One. Now it turned out to be more than a coincidence that the movie I was watching was also called ‘Force’. And the similarities don’t end there. The movie features the brawny John Abraham beating the baddies to pulp and here we have the Force One which with its gigantic proportions looks all set to clamber over anything in its path. That’s really how intimidating the new car from Force Motors is. Coming back to the car, the Force One has to be Force One of the most important launches for its maker, since it marks the company’s foray into the passenger vehicle segment. From hardy utility and commercial vehicles like the Minidor, Trax and the still very popular Traveler, Force Motors have come a long way and thus starting off with an SUV was possibly the best bet to move itself up the pecking order. It’s been a long time coming, and now it’s finally here. But is it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
Size does matter
If it’s an SUV, it has to have presence. At almost 16 feet long and 5.8 feet wide, the Force One is simply enormous and as a result, garners attention by the bucket loads. While the whole design in itself is nothing out of the box, its conservative lines leave nothing to complain about. In fact at a passing glance there’s a fair chance that one might mistake the Force One for the Ford Endeavour. However its massive dimensions will make sure you get more than a passing glance at it and that’s more than enough to differentiate it from the slightly similar looking Ford product.
Look at it when stationary though, the Force One reveals an identity which is very much its own. The front is totally dominated by the big twin slatted grille which is doused in chrome. In fact there is enough to blind the guy in front with its reflections. While it definitely draws attention, it does not really feel classy thanks to the iffy plastic. The grille further intrudes into the bumper which is basically a plain Jane affair with chrome ringed fog lights on either sides. A mandatory skid plate is there but barely visible. A nice chunky aluminium plate showing up front would have definitely made a lot of difference. The shiny grille is flanked by rectangular projector headlamps which are again all chrome from the inside but feature for the first time in an Indian vehicle, daytime running LED lamps. The recently unveiled XUV500 has them too now; however, the Force One holds the distinction of being the first to have them.
Moving on to the side, you see nice fat wheel arches covering one of the nicest looking OEM alloy wheels which come wrapped in chunky 235-section Apollo Hawkz rubber. It’s a pretty slab sided affair from there on till you get to the nicely arched D-pillar. The neatest touch though is the slick looking spoiler which nicely rounds off the rear. There are also chrome tipped twin tailpipes which would have looked the business had they not been a little offset. But I’m hoping that was a one off and the production vehicles will have properly aligned tail pipes. All in all, this is definitely a good looking SUV, if not the best but comes across as one with a honesty of purpose.
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