Force Motors dealers in New Delhi have begun accepting bookings for the BS3 variant of the 2014 Gurkha SUV. Test drives will commence soon. The official deliveries of the Gurkha off roader is expected to happen in the next couple of months, following an official announcement from Force Motors. However, the availability timeline of the BS4 variant of the Gurkha still remains unclear.
The Gurkha off roader is available with 4X2 and 4X4 drive options, in hard top and soft top variants. Ex-showroom Delhi prices of the Gurkha SUV’s BS3 variants haven’t changed, what with the SUV starting at 6.25 lakh rupees, going all the way up to 8.49 lakh rupees. Gurkha prices have now been updated on Force Motors’ official website. In terms of market positioning the Gurkha 4X4 is a direct competitor of the Mahindra Thar off roader.
The Gurkha BS3 gets a 2.6 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that makes 82 Bhp of peak power and 230 Nm of peak torque. A five speed manual gearbox and a rear wheel drive layout comes standard on the base variant. The top end variant adds a four wheel drive system, with low and high 4X4 modes. Front and rear manual differential locks come standard on the Gurkha 4X4. 16 inch alloy wheels are offered on the top-end Gurkha 4X4.
The Gurkha 4X4 weighs 1,990 kilograms, and this weight makes the SUV about 240 kilograms heavier than the Thar 4X4. The Gurkha is a three door SUV, with seating for five adults in the hard top model. The soft top variant accommodates 7 adults and is aimed at the people mover segment. Power steering and air conditioning are standard features on the 4X4 variants. In terms of dimensions, the Gurkha measures 3,992 mm in length, 1,820 mm in width, and 2,055 mm in height.
A short wheelbase of 2,400 mm and a 210 mm ground clearance, in tandem with short front and rear overhangs give the Gurkha 4X4 good off roading potential. An independent suspension set up at front and leaf springs at the rear handle suspension duties on the Gurkha 4X4. A 5 year, 300,000 kilometer warranty for the Gurkha is a straight hark back to the off roader’s Mercedes Benz G-Wagen lineage, in terms of reliability and rugged-ness.