Force Gurkha was shown at the 2013 SIAM International Bus and Utility Show in Greater Noida. Powered by a 2.6l Mercedes OM 616 derived turbocharged engine that generates 82 PS power @ 3200 rpm and 230 Nm torque @ 1800-2000 rpm, Force Gurkha is tagged as an Extreme Offroader. With best in class water wading capacity, Gurkha offers ground clearance of 210 mm.
Featuring differential locks on both front and rear axles, the Force Gurkha can do some real off-roading. Power is delivered to all four wheels via 5 speed synchromesh transmission. They 4WD system has a Hi – Lo option as well. Apart from this, the Force Gurkha also has a unique crawler function. What this does is, thanks to the special ECU, the Gurkha senses the terrain automatically and without you pushing the throttle any further, it manages to climb easily. How? Well, the ECU supplies fuel according to the terrain after it has sensed it.
Shown in three trims at the Bus show last year, the Gurkha SUV price started from Rs 6.25 lakhs at that time for the 4×2 soft top variant. But considering that Force has made changes to the Gurkha, we are not sure whether they will continue with the same prices. Other two variants on offer of Gurkha are 4×4 soft top and 4×4 hard top, which were priced at Rs 8.35 lakhs and Rs 8.50 lakhs respectively. Though the official website still says the same price tag. All prices are ex-showroom New Delhi.
Force has not revealed why the delay in launch of Gurkha, but they did say this – “The feedback received from auto experts and select group of users during test drives has helped us further fine tune the Force Gurkha into an extremely capable off roader.”
Even though the website says that there are three variants on offer, it will not be the case. Force Gurkha will only be offered in two variants – 4×4 Soft top and 4×4 Hard Top. Warranty will be at 3 years or 300,000 kms, whichever is first.
Watch Power Drift’s review of Gurkha in the video below.
Brochure of Force Gurkha