Caption:- URBANIA, next generation mobility platform is ready to go across the world
Urbania, is the next generation shared mobility platform by Force Motors in Pune. So far, it is codenamed as T 1N and the new name was revealed at the dealers meet which was held at Indore on Monday, when preferred merchants from India and overseas were invited for a plant tour and test drives.
The project was first announced in January 2020. The company cites COVID pandemic and its cascading effect as the causes for the project’s commercial launch. The first batch of the platform are planned to be shipped to dealerships in the upcoming fortnights.
In 2016, the firm had initated the development of T N1. Over 30 years, it is considered as the OEM’s first fully new platform. With a total investment of over INR 1000 crore, the creation and development of this ground up modular monocoque van and the setting up of producing facilities has been done.
The platform has been developed with global aspirations and design protected for playing in select markets of Middle East, Africa, ASEAN and South America. It will have to compete with high premium products from Europe, USA and Far East in these markets.
The corporation team is working on the development of URBANIA extensively. They has consulted with leading technology specialists and domain experts across the world – Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Japan and USA to improve, refine and validate the Indian platform so as to match the international performance expectations.
With its next-generation, URBANIA has international styling and body design that puts it in a class of its own. It is on par with top international offerings. First in segment projector lamps, first in segment signature day running LEDs, and first in segment tail lamps with light guide technology further improve its features, making it a head turner from any angle.
The platform was created with a 2-box construction, leaving the engine completely outside to ensure the least amount of NVH in the cabin. For the first time in this market sector, according to its manufacturer, Urbania provides independent front suspension with transverse springs to improve ride quality.
It is propelled by a 115 horsepower, BS-6-compliant, Common Rail Diesel engine with Mercedes origins that delivers a maximum torque of 350 Nm across a wide range from 1400 to 2200 rpm.