Force Motors has named its next-generation shared mobility platform as Urbania. Till now codenamed as T1N, the new name was revealed at the dealers meet held at Indore on Monday, where select dealers from India and abroad were invited for a plant visit and test rides.
Notably, the serial production, which was delayed due to the pandemic, has now commenced at the new state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities created for this platform. The first lot of vehicles will be shipped to dealerships in the coming fortnight.
The creation and development of the ground-up modular monocoque van and the setting up of new state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities have been done with a total investment of over INR 1,000 crore.
A press release from Force Motors noted that the Urbania has been design-protected for plying in select markets of the Middle East, Africa, ASEAN and South America. Meanwhile, the platform's design has been developed by consultancy from Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Japan, and the USA.
The Urbania platform has been designed with a 2-box construction keeping the engine fully outside, ensuring the least NVH in the passenger compartment. The platform also gets an independent front suspension with transverse springs.
Additionally, the shared mobility platform also comes with crash and rollover compliance with airbags for the driver and co-driver. In addition, it comes with ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels with ESP, ABS, EBD and ETDC, offering unmatched safety for its passengers.
Powered by the Mercedes-derived 115 hp, BS6 compliant, common rail diesel engine, it delivers a peak torque of 350Nm from 1,400 to 2,200 rpm.
Aesthetically, the new people mover will feature daytime running LEDs, projector lamps and tail lamps with light guide technology. Inside, it has a carlike steering wheel with a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column.