With Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) being introduced for Force Gurkha Xplorer And Xtreme, both special utility vehicles can now truly justify their off-roading tag. Earlier, both vehicles had disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. With ABS, all four wheels will be equipped with disc brakes. Gurkha Xtreme comes with additional service brakes comprising a dual circuit hydraulic vacuum assisted unit with auto wear adjuster and LCRV.
Force Gurkha Xplorer comes in 3-door and 5-door trims, both of which will be getting the ABS upgrade. These are priced at Rs 11.05 lakh and Rs 12.55 lakh, respectively. Gurkha Xtreme comes in a 3-door trim and it is priced at Rs 13.30 lakh.
Deliveries of ABS variants of Gurkha Xplorer and Xtreme are expected by mid-2019. In Force Motors’ off-roader range, now only the base variants of 3-door and 5-door Gurkha Xpedition lack ABS. These will also be equipped with ABS soon.
As per new safety norms for four-wheelers, various safety features have been made mandatory. In the near future, all Force Motors special utility vehicles will be equipped with safety features such as driver airbag, ABS with EBD, seatbelt reminder, speed alert, and rear parking sensors. There could be some price hike with the addition of these features. ABS variants of Gurkha Xplorer and Xtreme already cost Rs 30,000 more than the standard model.
As the name suggests, Force Gurkha Xtreme is more powerful than Xplorer, even though its engine has a lower displacement rating. Gurkha Xplorer is powered by a 2596 cc diesel engine that makes 85 hp @ 3200 rpm and 230 Nm @ 1400 – 2400 rpm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. In comparison, Gurkha Xtreme is powered by a Mercedes-sourced 2149 cc, 16 valve DOHC diesel engine that makes 140 hp @ 3800 rpm and 321 Nm @ 1600 – 2400 rpm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
At 210 mm, Gurkha Xtreme’s ground clearance is more than Xplorer (162 mm). Approach and departure angle of Xtreme (44° / 40°) is also better than that of Xplorer (39° / 27°). These features make Xtreme a better off-roader, as compared to Xplorer.