After having sold a few units of its capable off-roader, the Gurkha, Force Motors put its production on hold in order to incorporate updates suggested by users. Well, the manufacturing has now been resumed and we have the updated variant all ready for sale in India. Exports of the SUV, meanwhile, have already begun.
From the extensive feedback received, Force Motors learnt that while off-road performance was the Gurkha’s USP, what really mattered was on-road capability. Ride quality and NVH, therefore, needed attention. The updated Gurkha has been fine-tuned accordingly and the engineers at Force Motors are confident that the vehicle offered now is a much improved version. Other changes include a refreshed interior, new seats with better under-thigh support, improved air-conditioning and more comfort features. The model that goes on sale this year will feature the BS-III compliant TD 2650 turbocharged motor. The D1 engine produces 82PS at 3,200rpm and 230Nm of torque from 1,800rpm to 2,000rpm. Both front and rear axles get a differential lock.
Force Motors’ future plans include offering the more powerful 2.2-litre FMTECH motor seen in the Force One SUV, with an engine that’s BS IV complaint, featuring a VGT. The Direct Injection engine is made under license from Daimler AG, Germany. There will be two variants with different power outputs too; the more powerful model is expected to produce close to 120PS and 320Nm.
For now, the updated Gurkha will be available at all Force Motors’ dealerships including the commercial and agricultural vehicle dealerships across the country. This means you can buy the Gurkha without having to go through a Force Motors personal vehicle dealer – currently there are 300 of them in the country.
Both soft-top and hard-top variants will be offered. Expect pricing to start from Rs 6.5 lakh for the 2WD variant, going up to Rs 8.5 lakh for the 4WD hard-top Gurkha.
A modified Force Gurkha recently won the RFC Challenge in India