After several months of testing, Force Motors has announced that the One LX will be priced at Rs 13.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and that the deliveries of this top of the line variant will commence from today itself. Force Motors re-entered India’s passenger vehicles market with the launch of the One SUV in 2011. The EX and SX variants were later unveiled in July 2013 and though a top-end LX variant was also announced, the car never made it to the showrooms, until now.
The One LX will be the only variant in the line-up, to be available with a four-wheel-drive system. It will be equipped with a Borg Warner four-wheel-drive system with an electronic shift on the fly, which enables on the move switch between 2WD-high and 4WD-high.
The Force One LX will continue to use the BSIV compliant Mercedes-Benz sourced four-pot 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine from the SX variant. This engine churns out 139bhp and 321Nm of torque and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission with sychromesh and dual mass fly wheel.
The LX will be available only as a seven-seater. The features list is very similar to the SX variant and the LX gets projector headlamps with DRLs, ABS with EBD, a 2 DIN audio system with Bluetooth, alloy wheels and leather upholstery as standard.
The Force One LX is a very capable SUV which ranks high on the value-for-money scale. It is very well-equipped and offers many creature comforts usually found in the higher segments. The Mercedes-Benz engine is also very competent and smooth, though the overall quality could have been better. In its price bracket, the One LX competes with the base variants of Tata Aria and Mahindra XUV500.