Force Motors launched the Gurkha SUV at the International Bus and Utility Show 2013 being held at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. Force claims the Gurkha the world’s first E.O.V (Extreme Offroader Vehicle) 4x4x4 and has launched the SUV in 3 variants: 4×2 soft top, 4×4 soft top and 4×4 hard top.
The Gurkha is powered by the 2.6 litre Mercedes OM 616 derived turbo charged intercooled engine. This proven engine produces 82 Ps @ 3200 rpm, has a torque of 230 Nm @ 1800-2000 rpm, and is mated to a 5 speed synchromesh transmission with Hi – Lo option on transfer case. This combined with the Differential Locks on both front and rear axles, makes it capable of extreme off-roading.
The engine is only BS3 compliant and the BS4 will be launched in the future. (No Specific time frame of the BS4 launch mentioned)
With 210 ground clearance and reinforced tubular chassis the Gurkha can easily travel any terrain. The improved independent front suspension with a solid torsion bar has been further fine tuned to enhance the riding comfort; essential for an enhanced off-road experience. A newly designed engine compartment ensures low NVH and better serviceability.
Unlike the spy shots, the Gurkha sports different styling, which may not accepted by many off-road lovers. The Gurkha is based on the lines of the legendary Mercedes Gelandewagen (G –Wagon) and the high width tubeless off road tyres and trendy alloy wheels add to its style quotient. It will be available in 3 attractive colours with distinct and attractive graphics.
- Chrome finish Air Snorkel
- Factory fitted air conditioner
- Power steering
- Dual toned interiors
The Variants & Prices (Ex-Delhi Showroom) are:
4X2 – Rs 6.25 lakhs (Soft Top)
4×4 – Rs 8.35 lakhs (Soft Top)
4×4 -Rs 8.50 lakhs (Hard Top)
The Gurkha will compete with the likes of Mahindra Thar and Maruti Gypsy.