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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.