Spied – Force Motors’ luxury MPV is indeed the Mercedes Viano

Posted on Nov 3 2012 - 3:32pm IST
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As we reckoned earlier, the Force Motors’ attempt at taking a shot at the luxury MPV segment will indeed be the courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Viano.

2013 Force Motors MPV front2013 Force Motors MPV rear

From the spy shots of Indiancarsbikes.in’s reader ‘Earthfusion’, it’s clear that the Viano MPV will be rebadged by Force Motors. The heavily disguised test mule was seen testing near Force Motors’ factory at Chinchwad, Pune.

The Viano based MPV is Force Motors’ second attempt at the high-end passenger car segment while the Force One, another Mercedes based vehicle, marked the company’s foray into the segment. Force Motors’ association with Mercedes is not limited to manufacturing cars under license alone, the Pune based automaker also builds engines for Mercedes-Benz cars.

The Mercedes Viano is being offered in some international markets as a 7 or 8 seater. The MPV was facelifted in 2010 but we expect Force Motors’ version to be based on an older car with restyled front and rear fascia.

The Force MPV will be positioned in the vicinity of the Toyota Innova and Tata Aria and is expected to come with all the features that are expected by customers in that segment.

The MPV is most likely to be equipped with the same Daimler sourced 2.2 litre diesel engine and 5-speed manual gearbox used by the Force One SUV. At 140 bhp, the Force MPV matches the power output of Tata Aria which is the most powerful vehicle in its class.

The Force MPV will be relying on its space and its Mercedes roots to lure the potential customers but Force Motors need to widen its dealership network if they have to get footfalls, inquiries or customers.

[Source: Indiancarsbikes.in]

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  1. sri November 9, 2012 at - Reply

    Its a competitor for Evalia, Stile(ashokleyland) but mostly its looks are like a Van so not sure even Evalia is a good seller in INDIAn market now people are towards mini SUV like ecosport and duster so once the craze is over then the possible shift would be moving towards a MPV like Vianno :) I feel always INNOVA would be the king in this MPV segment..

  2. Ameya November 4, 2012 at - Reply

    Monocoque or Chassis based??

  3. Ashish November 4, 2012 at - Reply

    Well MB Viano is much bigger than Aria or Innova!

    I don’t think it can fit to the ordinary car/mob user as it looks like a short minibus!

    Lets see how Force cooks it up ;)


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