In a glittering event in Pune, Force unwrapped one of the most important offerings in the commercial business game, Traveller 26 bus, a bigger version of their current Traveller bus.
We covered the launch and here is all what you need to know about the bus and why is it making so much noise. Let’s start with the product we have in hand.
Traveller 26 Features:
- Traveller 26 as its name suggests, is a 26 seater bus
- Traveller 26 is claimed to be India’s most advanced 26-seater bus in India
- Traveller 26 is World’s largest Monocoque Panel Van Bus
- Traveller 26 has best in class fuel efficiency which Force says, is 15% higher than competition
- Traveller 26 comes with disk brakes on all 4 wheels
- Traveller 26 possesses the highest power to weight ratio of 18kw per tonne as compared to 12kw/tonne of comparable models
- Traveller 26 uses Dual Mass FlyWheel which is for the first time on a Light Commercial Vehicle in India.
- Traveller 26’s 2.2L diesel engine is made under licence from Daimler AG., Germany
- Traveller 26 adopts C.E.D (Cathodic Electro Deposition Dip) painting process for primer application, first vehicle in the segment to do so. This process provides highest levels of rust protection.
- Electronic indicators for wear and tear of brake pads
- Traveller 26 has a low floor height for easy entry and exit
- Traveller 26 also has lowest center of gravity for better handling
- Low NVH levels
- Wide body interior of 2.2 meters
- This new 26 seater Traveller 26 has a 2×2 seating with the rearmost seats being 2×2+1
Other Important Pointers
- It took Force Motors 50 crore Rs for the development of Traveller 26
- Force currently has a capacity to manufacture 10,000 Traveller 26s annually
- Force Motors is currently testing the CNG version of Traveller 26 which would come later.
- Force would also launch a Luxury Variant of Traveller 26 sometime next year which would have lesser seating capacity.
- There is also a hybrid concept ready but the company would wait for government relaxation on Hybrid fuel before proceeding with it.
- Force currently have 173 3S dealers and plans to take this count to 223 by March 2013.
- Traveller 26 would be offered through 27 dealers in Maharashtra and Goa
- Force Traveller has sold more than 65,000 units till date
- Force is a leader in LCV Minibus market (6-20 seater) with over 50% share. It sells its Monocoque Traveller in this segment.
- Force claims actual fuel efficiencies of 9 kmpl for highways and 8 kmpl for cities for Traveller 26
- Force plans to sell 1000 units till March 13 and 4500 units for next financial year.
Traveller 26 Engine
Traveller 26 is powered by a 2149cc TD-2200 4 cylinder CRDI diesel engine which is capable of pumping out a maximum power output of 129PS at 3800 rpm and a peak torque output of 295Nm between 1600-2400 rpm. Traveller 26 has been developed in-house by Force Motors R&D team.
Force Traveller 26 Variants & Price
Force Traveller 26 is available in 3 variants
- 26+D Standard : Rs 10,87,000 (On Road Private service : Rs 11.55 Lac)
- School Bus 37+D : Rs 11,17,000 (On Road Private service : Rs 11.79 Lac)
- 26+D Deluxe : Rs 13,78,000 (On Road Private service : Rs 14.81 Lac)
We have some more and very interesting information from the house of Force Motors which we would reveal soon, so stay tuned.