Indian automaker Force Motors has launched the top-of-the-line Gurkha Xtreme in India. The Force Motors Gurkha Xtreme is priced at Rs 12.99 lakh, ex-showroom. The Xtreme variant of the Force Motors Gurkha SUV and brings with it a number of mechanical upgrades which makes it the most off-road focused production Gurkha till date.
Speaking at the launch of the Gurkha Xtreme, Ashutosh Khosla, President Sales and Marketing, Force Motors said,
“The Gurkha Xtreme is being introduced in a phased manner with the first lot of vehicles being delivered to select customers who have been waiting since long for this variant. With the introduction of the Gurkha Xtreme, our portfolio of off-roading vehicles is complete with variants to take care of every segment, be it mild, moderate or extreme off-roading. The best part of the Gurkha Xtreme is that it is adaptable for competitive off-roading.”
The Force Motors Gurkha Xtreme is powered by an upgraded version of the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine derived from OM 611 powerplant from Mercedes-Benz. In its latest guise under the hood of the Gurkha Xtreme, the Mercedes common rail turbo diesel engine cranks out 140 Hp and 321 Nm of torque. The engine also gets a dual mass flywheel that ensures excellent drivability and low NVH levels.
Force Motors has paired the engine to a 5-speed gearbox also sourced from Mercedes Benz which sends power to all four wheels. The Gurkha Xtreme from Force Motors also gets a new transfer case. The Gurkha Xtreme also comes with the option of fitting front hub locks that reduces the strain on the drivetrain and increases fuel economy while driving in two-wheel-drive mode.
The Force Motors Gurkha Xtreme gets a new C-in-C chassis and is the only vehicle in its class to offer a live rigid front axle with coil spring suspension. This ensures best in class on-road handling and ride comfort along with extreme off-roading ability. The Gurkha Xtreme is also the only vehicle in its class to offer differential locks on both axles, which helps its ability to get out of tough situations while off-roading. The Xtreme also gets an air intake snorkel, which allows for deep water wading.
The Force Gurkha has always been styled along the lines of the Mercedes G-Wagen SUV and the new Xtreme is no different. The Gurkha Xtreme though has been given a facelift compared to its other siblings in the Gurkha lineup and now features a bold new front end which sports a single slat grille, round clear lens headlamps, a new steel front bumper with fog lamps and bonnet mounted LED turn signals. The rear bumper is also made from steel and is brand new as well. Other standard features include the chrome finished air intake snorkel, side cladding, large ORVMs, full-length slip resistant footboard and the all-terrain tubless tyres which are now wider.