Spied – Force Motors’ new MPV is a redesigned 1996 Mercedes Vito van

Posted on: May 21, 2013 - 8:00pm IST

Force Motors have announced that they would launch a premium MPV this financial year.

Force MPV Vito

We all know that the proposed MPV is going to be rebadged Mercedes vehicle. The Mercedes Viano emerged as the natural candidate. The earlier spyshots of the heavily camouflaged test mule had us convinced that it is indeed the Viano, which is still on sale in the international market.

1998 Mercedes Benz Vito
The test mule above has a striking dimensional and structural similarity to the first gen Vito

However, the recent spotting of the test mule begs for a correction in the claim. It is not the Viano but its predecessor, the Vito! The Vito is popular as a commercial panel van but there was also a passenger version which then went on to become the Viano in its next generation.

Coming back to the force MPV, the test mule bears a striking visual resemblance to the first gen Vito and not the Viano. The first gen Vito came into existance in 1996 and stayed till 2003. Yes, Force Motors is basing their premium MPV on a Merc that was phased out a decade ago!

Mercedes Benz Viano 2011
Note the A-Pillar of the Viano curving smoothly to merge into the roof, unlike the test mule’s edgy transition.

The recent spyshot of the vehicle was taken in Bengaluru by Teambhp.com forum member Mr. Latheesh.

The upcoming MPV is expected to be powered by the 2.2 litre FMTECH diesel engine which is also sourced from Mercedes. The engine develops 140PS under the hood of the Force One.

Lower variants could make use of the 129PS 2.2 litre BS3 engine that will be borrowed from the Traveller. A bare bones variant of the One with the BS3 engine will also be launched soon.

[Source – Team-BHP.com]

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3 thoughts on “Spied – Force Motors’ new MPV is a redesigned 1996 Mercedes Vito van

  1. Deepu Joy says:

    Good journalism Nityanandh. Every auto journalist was saying that it was the premium Viano, but you reasoned that it is the Vito — Benz wouldn’t dilute their brand equity by licensing Viana to Force Motors which doesn’t have a track record of manufacturing luxury vehicles. However I wish that it has ample ground clearance(at least 200 mm) and is cuter than Innova. Thx.

  2. madhav says:

    reminds me of Mahindra Voyager!

  3. jatin says:

    But that mule looks like a Renault . I dont recollect the name of it but its been tested by TATA


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Nithyanandh K

As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!