Stuck in the Thar? The new BS-IV compliant 2017 Force Gurkha could winch you out for Rs. 8.38 lakh

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It looks strikingly similar to a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. It even comes powered by a Mercedes sourced 2.6 litre inter-cooled, direct injection, turbocharged diesel engine. And now that it meets BS-IV standards, the 2017 Force Gurkha does present a strong alternative to the outdoorsy Mahindra Thar.

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Called as an Extreme Off-road vehicle, the 2017 edition of the Force Gurkha has been launched with prices starting at Rs 8.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it is available in 3-door Xplorer and 5-door Xpedition variants.

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Packed with a host of changes in order to meet the new automotive standards in the country, the rugged Gurkha is now eligible to be sold in metro cities as well.

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Known for its brilliance off the road, the 2017 Force Gurkha can be ordered in both soft-top and hard-top versions. Stylish, but functionally sturdy new bits include a steel bumper with integrated foglamps, a factory fitted snorkel for river crossings, independent coils on struts at the front for a better ride, 4×4 with differential locks on both axles, new milti-link coil springs and a trailing arm at the rear and a manual air-conditioner on the hard-top variant.

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The steering wheel is a new four-spoke unit, while a spartan console on the floor has been redesigned to include better designed storage spaces and a new gear knob. The Gurkha is now more structurally robust, riding on a new C-in-C frame that has been put together using robotic welds.

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Powering this off-roader is a BS-IV compliant, Mercedes sourced OM 616 2.6 litre inter-cooled, direct injection, turbocharged diesel engine. The motor is tuned to produce 84 bhp at 3200 rpm and 230 Nm of torque, paired to a G-28 5-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox.

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Force Motors is offering an 18 months, unlimited kilometer warranty on the 2017 Gurkha. However, with a sparse sales and service network, the Gurkha isn’t going to challenge the Mahindra for sales numbers.