Furio is the name
Mahindra’s new intermediate commercial vehicle, Furio, has broken cover.
Mahindra's new intermediate commercial vehicle, Furio, has broken cover.
Post four years of development, Mahindra & Mahindra has unveiled an Intermediate Commercial Vehicle (ICV) platform called the Furio. It is highly modular in nature, and turns Mahindra into a full range player by filling up the void between six-tonnes and 16-tonnes. Pointing at the progress achieved by Mahindra Truck and Bus Division (MTBD), which turned green in the last quarter of the last fiscal, the Furio has been developed with an investment of Rs.600 crore. Seeking the involvement of 500 engineers spanning four years, 180 vendors, and 500 transporters who played a key role in cocreating the platform according to Vinod Sahay, CEO, MTBD, the Furio incorporates new powertrain, chassis and cabin. The exterior and interior of the truck was designed by Pininfarina. With the Mahindra design studio at Kandivali busy, the exterior and interior design work of the Furio was entrusted to Pininfarina according to
Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
A Mahindra Group entity, Pininfarina has come to create a truck cabin that looks no less contemporary than that of an European light and medium-duty truck. Its front fascia draws attention with its modern design elements. If the metal bumper and fenders point at an ease of maintenance and competitive operating costs, the twin clear lens head lamps and a window-line that slopes down at front remind of a distinctive European design influence. Subjected to wind tunnel tests to attain a significant ability to cheat the
wind, the cabin of the Furio flaunts good levels of fit and finish. Claimed to be designed and engineered to fulfill three difficult objectives involving the driver and the co-driver, the key points the Pininfarina designers stressed upon were comfort, safety, ventilation, maintenance, payload, and various local attributes. Combining styling and engineering inputs that point at Pininfarina values, the cabin of the Furio, according to Sahay, affirms to the requirements of Indian customers.
Subjected to light weighting without losing the Mahindra DNA of robustness, the cabin of the Furio has a distinct Italian
design touch to it. Offering high visibility with lowest rake angle of the front pillars, the truck platform is designed to be comfortable enough for the driver to take a nap after completing the delivery. Explained Sahay, “Many ICV drivers told us that they would like to have a cabin that will enable them to sleep after they have ferried perishable commodities like vegetables through out the night.” Revealed Giorgio Astesano, Sales Manager, Pininfarina, that a team of designers – dressed in formals, visited the APMC market at Vashi, Navi Mumbai, in the wee hours of the morning to talk to the drivers of trucks arriving there to understand their needs and requirements. Averred Sahay, “The Furio’s cabin, as per
the feedback received, has been designed and developed to offer good amount of storage space. The storage spaces are conveniently located such that the driver can safely store as well as access papers.” A part of the interior and the modern dash is the instrumentation. It includes an intelligent driver information system. For effective ventilation, there are six vents on the dash. Of these two are for channelling cool air to the face of the driver, and the other two are for channelling cool air to the legs of the driver. If these vents and the low rake (pillar) cabin combine to keep the cabin cooler than its closest competitor by at least fivedegrees, the cabin of the Furio, in terms of safety, is capable of meeting the upcoming norms.
Flaunting two-way adjustable seats, the walk through cabin of the Furio offers 10 per cent more space than its nearest competitor. Employing parabolic leaf springs at front to ensure comfort, and an anti-roll bar to enhance safety and handling, the Furio is set to complement the fleet of 15000 Blazo the company has sold since it was launched some three years ago. Riding on MTBD’s progress (the manufacturer recorded an EBITDA positive fourth quarter of the last fiscal), the Furio is equipped with cornering lamps to enhance visibility and safety. A result of market insights gained from understanding
the customer pain points, the Furio is equipped with a 10bar pressure brake system. To ensure safety and control, the brake drums of the Furio measure 360 mm in dia., and 170 mm in dia., at the front and rear respectively. Featuring an anti-roll bar at front for stability, the Furio, according to Sahay, was thoroughly tested across varied terrains in the harshest of conditions. Handling and braking characteristics were engineered in view of the Furio finding a way into applications which call for speedy travel. While ferrying perishable goods for example.
Profiting from Group synergies, the four models of Furio that MTBD has unveiled, are equipped with a 140 hp, mDI Tech commonrail diesel engine with a high 1800 bar pressure. Informed Sahay, “A high bar pressure of 1800 results in superior fuel efficiency.” “For reliability, we have opted for a gear driven air compressor,” he mentioned. Incorporating fuelsmart technology found on the Blazo, which consists of three drive modes, the Furio, according to Rajan Wadhera, President – Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., profits from Group synergies. He stated an example of how the knowledge of common-rail fuel injection technology in Mahindra’s passenger vehicles played a part in incorporating the technology in the Blazo. “We are confident of the Furio setting new benchmarks,” said Wadhera. To spring 21 models, of which four have been unveiled, the new truck platform will sport five engines (diesel and CNG) in total; four transmissions (five and sixspeed), and three cabin types. With two more models set to be unveiled by December, and the next two models by early next year, MTBD is planning to complete the task of launching all the models over the span of next few years.
To be available in different wheelbases and different load bodies, the Furio platform aims at a market that has grown from one-lakh units to one and a half lakh units in the last three years (CAGR growth of 15 per cent). Set to challenge the status quo, and offer a credible reason for customers to seek such a truck, the Furio will build on the success of the Blazo. Equipped with a 326 mm dia. clutch, which is claimed to be bigger than the competitors, and a chassis that is made up of high strength steel, the Furio has been engineered to perform well in the export markets as well. Having a heavy-duty rear axle and rugged suspension, the new truck platform is ready to follow in the foot steps of the Blazo. Mentioned Dr. Goenka, “We have come to enjoy a market share of 5.6 per cent in Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles (M&HCVs). With acceptance levels of our trucks going up, we have turned the corner in truck business.”
(L to R) Rajan Wadhera, President - Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra; Vinod Sahay, CEO, Mahindra Truck & Bus Division and Venkat Srinivas, SVP & Principal Chief Engineer, Mahindra Truck & Bus Division, at the unveiling of the Furio.
⇧ One of the four versions of the Furio unveiled were a reefer.
⇩ The Pininfarina team behind Furio’s design Alfredo Palma, Business Unit Design (Design Project Manager), and Giorgio Astesano, Sales Manager.