Force Motors revealed India's first next gen shared
mobility platform - project codenamed T1N in Pune, Maharashtra. The platform
has been simultaneously designed and developed for both Internal Combustion
Engines and 100% Electric Drive. The company spent more than Rs.1000 crore for
this project. The vehicles that will be made on this platform will only be
launched by the end of 2020. Details of pricing, etc will be announced around
that time. T1N was revealed in the
presence of Dr. Abhay Firodia, Chairman and Prasan Firodia, Managing Director,
Force Motors, besides several company officials.
Around four years ago, the company started working on
this project and T1N is the first vehicle in this segment in the country
offering crash and rollover compliance with air bags for driver and co-driver,
independent front suspension, large ventilated disk brakes on all four wheels
with ABS, EBD, EDTC and ESP for passenger safety. T1N is powered by a new and
more powerful BS6 compliant, Common Rail Diesel engine, offering peak torque of
350Nm. The platform will also offer BS6 CNG variant as also a class leading
full electric version.
Speaking on the occasion, Prasan Firodia, Managing
Director, Force Motors noted , “As segment leaders, we considered it our duty
to offer our customers not just what they need but what they aspire for, and
hence we set about developing this truly world class next generation platform
packaging leading edge technologies in every aspect. We are confident our
customers will welcome it.”
The T1N has been developed with global aspirations, it is
design protected for plying in select markets of Middle East, Africa, ASEAN and
South America. A dedicated and exclusive team of about 100 young specialist
engineers and senior managers were selected for this project by the company.
The T1N platform has been designed with a 2-box
construction keeping the engine fully outside ensuring least NVH in passenger
compartment. For the first time in this segment independent front suspension
with transverse parabolic springs has been offered, giving it best in class
ride quality. T1N comes with many 'first in segment' features like signature
day running LEDs, projector lamps and tail lamps with light guide technology.
The new platform is undergoing final validation and
homologation processes. A new state of the art facility, with body shop with
robotic and laser welding facilities is being set up at the Pithampur works.
These vehicles would be showcased at the forthcoming Delhi Auto Expo 2020.
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