Force Gurkha is one capable vehicle that did not become much popular in the mass market. After the launch in 2013, Force did not update the Gurkha till date. The Indian automaker has just announced the launch of Force Gurkha Xplorer, and it looks nothing less than a G-Wagen sans the logo on it. The 4X4 hardtop variant of the Gurkha is priced at around Rs. 12 lakh, on-road. Specific pricing has not been revealed by the company yet.
What are the changes?
Well, there are many. To start with, the Gurkha now looks sharper. The Extreme Off-road Vehicle (EOV) comes in two versions now – an MWB 3-door version (2,650 mm wheelbase) and an LWB 5-door version (2,750mm wheelbase). The new Gurkha gets an all-new front bumper and a new grille that makes the car look much classier. The Long Wheel Base version also allows more space for the adventure seekers who love to travel with their whole family.
The round headlamps with additional rectangular lamps on the side give it a menacing look. What catches the eyes are the protruding indicators on the top on the front bonnet. Also, the round fog lamps stationed in the off-roading bumper look exquisite.
The snorkel adds to the “I own the road” attitude of the vehicle. At the rear, the new Gurkha also gets rectangular taillamps shedding the round ones for more rugged looks. The rear bumper has also become thinner and overall; the Gurkha looks much better than its predecessor. The Gurkha rides on 16-inch All-terrain tyres wrapped around in steel coloured alloy wheels.
Any mechanical changes?
The changes in the 2017 Force Gurkha are not limited to the visual looks. The car gets C-in-C ladder chassis instead of the tubular frame, which is much more rigid and stronger. The vehicle remains powered by 2.6-litre, 4-cylinder, common rail diesel engine that produces a maximum of 85 BHP at 3,200 rpm. The torque maximises at 230 Nm starting from 1,400 rpm to 2,400 rpm. The power goes through a 5-speed gearbox with overdrive.
As before, the 2017 Gurkha features 4X4 transfer case. The front and the rear axles come with a differential lock that helps the SUV to come out of the sticky situations. The Gurkha also features independent front suspension with coil spring mounted on struts. There are gas charged hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar at the front. The rear suspension system is a multilink suspension with pan hard rod and coil spring with gas charged hydraulic absorber with anti-roll bar.
The Gurkha also comes with dual circuit hydraulic vacuum assisted service brakes. The front tyres get disc brakes while the rear ones get drum brake set-up.
Better than Mahindra Thar?
The Gurkha comes factory fitted with the snorkel that allows the vehicle to go deeper in the water than Thar. The new Gurkha also comes with C-in-C chassis, which is more rigid than the tubular frame used in the Thar. Then you have the differential locks on the front and rear axles that give the Gurkha a huge advantage off the road.
The Gurkha also comes with hardtop version, unlike the Thar. The Gurkha, however, loses on the highway performance where Thar is better equipped with 104 BHP engine. However, the Gurkha has a better ride quality with coil spring suspension. Look wise, both have their charisma, and it totally depends on the buyer’s preference.