The Force Citiline is a 10-seat G-Wagen knockoff from India

Not only is the Force Citiline a spitting image of the G-Wagen, it even has a 2.6-liter four-cylinder common-rail diesel engine sourced from Mercedes-Benz.

by | Published on 13th Apr 2023

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out where this Indian automaker drew its inspiration from.

The Force Citiline couldn’t look any more like a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen if it tried.

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Can’t really blame them to be fair – the G-Wagen is iconic.

The Force Citiline doesn’t have the same appeal, though.

Ok, it’s a full-size four-row SUV with 10 forwards-facing seats to carry the squad wherever you go.

But is that enough to win over the world?

Clearly not – and neither is what’s under the hood.

Despite its humongous size, the Force Citiline is powered by a measly – and ancient – 2.6-liter four-cylinder common-rail diesel.

Ironically, it’s sourced from Mercedes-Benz.

That lump produces a rather bland 90 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque which is just about enough to move the thing. 

Back to its size, the Force Citiline measures 201.6 inches long, with a 120.1-inch wheelbase.

That means on the inside it has enough room for 10 forwards-facing seats arranged in a 2+3+2+3 layout.

Yes, you’ve probably worked it out, that leaves absolutely no room for luggage.

With only four regular-sized doors, getting access to the fourth row is a monumental task, too.

At least it’s got its looks, though.

It has the same boxy shape heavily inspired by the old G-Wagen.

However, at the front, it’s got large halogen headlights which make it clear it’s not a G-Wagen.

Believe it or not, but the Citiline is the Indian automaker’s most premium model (yes there are others), thanks to its body-colored bumpers, fenders, and grille.

On the subject of its siblings, the Trax Toofan and Trax Cruiser can carry even more people than the Citiline, coming with 11 and 13 seats respectively.

Problem is, though, rear passengers have to face each other in those MUVs (multi-utility vehicles).



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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