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Force Gurkha to receive a power boost and BSIV engines?

Force Gurkha SUV soft top

New 2.2-litre Mercedes-derived motor could be borrowed from One SUV.

Force Gurkha SUV which derives its roots from the legendary Mercedes G-Wagen has created a niche for itself in the Indian off-roading scene. However, the off-roader’s sale is restricted only to BS-III cities.

Autocar India reports that Force motors is working on introducing BS-IV variants of Gurkha to make it accessible throughout the country. The BS-IV variant will employ a cleaner version of the existing 2.6-litre diesel engine which produces 82 PS and 230 Nm of torque in its BS-III avatar but will receive an improved 5-speed manual transmission.

The publication also reports that Gurkha may also get the more powerful 2.2-litre BS-IV engine from the flagship One SUV. The Mercedes-derived common rail diesel motor is capable of an impressive 141 PS and 321 Nm of torque. If introduced, the new top-end Gurkha will have a clear power and torque advantage over its primary rival, Mahindra Thar.

Force Gurkha BSIV coming soon

BSIV variants widen the audience base of the popular off roader.

The SUV is currently available in three variants – 2WD Soft top, 4WD Soft top and 4WD hardtop. We expect the new top-end Gurkha 2.2-litre variant to be available only in 4WD configuration.

The fully loaded variant gets differential locks on both front and rear axles, power steering, alloy wheels, a stainless steel snorkel and dual tone interiors.

The current prices start from INR 6.30 – 8.55 lakhs (ex-showroom Pune). The more powerful variant would be priced significantly higher.

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