Indian automaker Force Motors launched the Gurkha Xtreme in India last week. The facelifted and most powerful version of the Gurkha off-roader is priced at Rs 12.99 lakh, ex-showroom and Force Motors has started dispatching the SUV to its dealerships.
The Force Motors Gurkha Xtreme was spotted in the flesh at a dealership in Maharashtra, images of which were posted on a team-bhp forum page. The images show the large SUV at a dealership with temporary registration number stickered on. The version of the Gurkha Xtreme seen at the dealership seems to be devoid of many of the optional extras most owners bolt on.
The Force Gurkha Xtreme is the most off-road oriented SUV that Force has made available for the general public. The SUV which is only offered in three-door guise is powered by a Mercedes sourced OM611 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine that cranks out 140 Bhp and 321 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox that is once again sourced from German automotive giant Mercedes Benz and sends power to all four wheels. The SUV also gets a new transfer case and diff locks on at both the front and the rear along with an upgraded suspension setup which is now multi-link at both the front and the rear.
The Force Motors Gurkha Xtreme also gets a wider front track for better high-speed stability. The front track has been widened by 40 mm. The approach angle for the new SUV stands at 44 degrees, ram over angle is at 35 degrees and the departure angle is now 29 degrees which are increases of 5, 8 and 5 degrees respectively over that of the regular Gurkha. The Gurkha Xtreme has a ground clearance of 205 mm and with its Snorkel, the Force Motors SUV can wade into 550 mm of water.
Other changes include the presence of a high strength C-in-C chassis which along with the coil spring suspension allows for superior ride comfort and on and off-road handling. It is the only SUV in its class to offer a live rigid front axle. The front axle can also be fitted with hub locks on the front locks that Force Motors claims help consume less fuel while also reducing the stress on the drivetrain when in 2-wheel-drive mode.
The Force Motors Gurkha Xtreme is the most powerful Gurkha model around and it brings in a host of cosmetic changes to ensure that all eyes are on its wherever it goes. These changes include a new single slat grille, projector headlamps, LED turn indicators on the bonnet along with large ORVMs. The force Gurkha Xtreme features other design tricks including the graphics depicting the name of the SUV on the sides and chrome work and new revised tail lights.
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