Force Motors has unveiled its next-generation shared mobility platform Urbania. Codenamed T1N, the Urbania was first showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and the company claims that this platform has been developed at an investment of Rs 1,000 crores and is India’s first fully ground-up, modular monocoque panel van platform.
The serial production has now commenced at the new manufacturing facility and the first batch of Urbania will soon start reaching dealerships.
Force says that the new platform has been designed with global aspirations. It is designed protected for plying in select markets of the Middle East, Africa, ASEAN and South America. The company also said that the van has an ergonomically designed cockpit with a carlike steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column.
The Urbania gets crash and rollover compliance with airbags for the driver and co-driver and the van also gets ventilated discs on all four wheels with ESP, ABS, EBD and ETDC. Some other features include day-running DRLs, projector headlamps, signature tail lamps using light guide technology, individual AC vents, reclining seats, sealed panoramic windows and individual reading lamps and USB ports.
The Urbania platform has been designed with a two-box construction keeping the engine fully outside ensuring the least NVH in the passenger compartment. The van also gets an independent front suspension with transverse springs for better ride quality.
The Urbania Van will be powered by a Mercedes-derived 2.6-litre turbo diesel engine which produces 115 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. The Urbania will be available in short, medium and long wheelbase variants, with passenger capacity of 10, 13 and 17 persons, respectively.