BSIV Gurkha Xplorer launched, Force Motors – Rolls Royce JV announced
Pune, Sep 12, 2017: Pune based auto major, Force Motors has tied up with Rolls Royce Power Systems to set up a Joint Venture (JV) to produce engines for multiple apps (rail and power generation).
The project entails building a manufacturing facility that meets standards and specifications laid down by Rolls Royce. The new plant facility will be built at the Force Motors site in Chakan, Pune. The site is also used to manufacture the BSIV Gurkha Xplorer range.
The JV caters to production of complete power generation systems including associated spare parts for Indian, and global markets. Rolls Royce Power Systems customers include airlines, armed forces, naval forces, and power and nuclear customers. Rolls Royce supplies includes high speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defense vehicles to customers in 150 countries.
Force Motors produces engines for Mercedes Benz and BMW. This JV with Rolls Royce opens up a new business opportunity with great growth potential. Prasan Firodia, Managing Director Force Motors takes great pride in the partnership with Rolls Royce Power Systems, which entails manufacturing engines for rail and power generation systems. Force Motors looks forward to a ‘long and mutually beneficial association’.
Force Motors Traveller and Trax are market leaders in their respective segments. Force has now introduced the 2017 Gurkha range in an all new high strength C-in-C chassis with new multi-link coil spring suspension on all four wheels. An offer like no other in the Indian market, it offers class handling and ride comfort, on road and off-road.
Force Gurkha has proven its mettle as a podium finisher at the last three editions of Rain Forest Challenge India. To meet varying customer off-roading needs, Force Motors Gurkha variants offer differing capabilities.
4WD Force BSIV Gurkha Xplorer gets power from a new BS4 compliant 85hp FM 2.6 CR engine with flat peak torque of 230Nm from 1400 to 2400 rpm. Mated to a G-28 5-speed all-synchromesh gearbox with cable shift makes for effortless gear shifts.
Front suspension with coil spring on struts combined with multi-link with pan hard rod and coil springs in the rear facilitates mild / moderate off-roading with optimised handling and ride comfort on tarmac and off-road environs. The 3-door 5-seater Gurkha Xplorer is offered as a soft top or hard top.
The RWD 5-door hard top Gurkha Xpedition (D+8 seats) gets power from a 86hp/230 Nm FM 2.6 CR engine. With style cues from the Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen, new Force Gurkha maintains its appeal with a facelifted exterior. A new bold front facia, and front and rear steel bumpers make up design changes.
Standard features across variants: chrome finish air intake snorkel, muscular side cladding, attractive graphics, clear lens headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, large ORVMs, sturdy and full length slip resistant footboard, wider all terrain tubeless tyres.
BSIV Gurkha Xplorer and Gurkha Expedition are available in four colors – Supreme White, Matt Black, Copper Red, and Moonbeam Silver.