June 4, 2014: Force Motors has finally announced the availability of Force Gurkha at their dealership from September 2014. The SUV is available in three variants - 2WD soft top priced at Rs 6.25 lakh, 4WD at Rs 8.35 lakh soft top and 4WD hard top at Rs 8.5 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. The SUV still carries the same 2.6 litre Mercedes OM 616 derived turbo charged intercooled engine which develops a power of 81bhp and peak torque of 230 Nm at 1800-2000 rpm. The engine is coupled to a 5 speed synchromesh transmission. The SUV features some unique features such as differential locks on both front and rear axles, distinctive air intake “Snorkel” in sparkling chrome.
Force Motors is one of India's home bred automobile manufacturers and specialise in the production of 3-wheelers, multi utility as well as cross country vehicles along with commercial as well as heavy vehicles for the Indian population. This company was founded way back in year, 1958 and has now been acquired by another Indian automaker Bajaj Auto Limited. The company has their massive manufacturing facilities closer to Pithampur, which is located in the industrial hub of Madhya Pradesh. Some of the vehicles made by this company in collaboration with an international automaker are also sold in a few international markets as well. This company also manufactures formidable sports utility vehicles as well. One of their fearsome and rugged SUV, which is already prevalent in the Indian car market is the masculine Force One. This SUV is tough competition to the likes of Mahindra Scorpio and other such vehicles in its segments. This SUV was first introduced into the country's car market in year, 2011 and since then have been doing impressive business for the company. Force Motors is also bringing in another influential all terrain SUV called as Force Gurkha, which will be competing with the likes of Mahindra Thar, Maruti Gypsy and many more such contenders in its segment. This SUV was launched earlier in the Indian car market but was unable to garner the expected sales and apparently its production was stalled. The company has now worked on all the aspects of this SUV and have completely revamped this vehicle with a lot of changes, which will certainly make an impact on the customers. This 2013 Force Gurkha SUV has rugged exteriors along with luxurious interiors and will be sold across all the newly established company dealerships across the country. The company has fitted this Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV with a power packed 2.6-litre turbo charged , inter cooled diesel engine, which will have four cylinders and a proficient fuel supply system as well. This diesel engine has the ability to displace 2600cc and will have the capacity to generate 80bhp in combination with a maximum torque of 200Nm, which is quite sufficient for the Indian road and traffic conditions. This power and torque output is said to be better than the earlier version and this engine is mated with a smooth and proficient five speed manual transmission gear box. It is also being said that the gear ratios of this manual transmission has been revised and are much smoother and easy to change. This commanding engine is said to be derived from one of the highly acclaimed Mercedes engines and will be complaint with all the norms of Bharat Stage – III. The other environment friendly and more efficient BS – IV version is also expected to be launched later this year, which will add to the advantages of this SUV.
The company has done up the exteriors of this Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV with elan and have given it quite a few arresting features, which will entice the customers. The front fascia of this revamped SUV has been given a new front grille, which has a thick black horizontal strip that divides this radiator grille into two equal parts. This grille is embedded with a large and prominent logo of the company, which is further surrounded by radiant round shaped head lamps that are expected to get powerful and high intensity projector lights along with big side turn blinkers. The front bumper is a solid steel bar in black color, which also has the provision to attach the license plate on it. The bonnet is smooth and has character lines, which adds to the elegance of the frontage. The front windscreen is made up of laminated toughened glass and is equipped with a pair of intermittent wipers on it. The side profile is smooth and flowing with just a single door and each side as this is a three door SUV and the side profile also has black colored outside rear view mirrors and door handles. The flared up and neatly carved our wheel arches have been fitted with a set of modish light weight 16 inch alloy wheels, which are covered with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 245/70 R16 and they have a superior grip on any terrain. The sides also have sliding windows for the second row of seats. The rear end gets a large tail gate for easier entry and exit of the passengers and is also mounted with a spare wheel, which is a standard feature. Then the bright tail lamp cluster has also been refurbished and is now rather clear and radiant. The roof is hard and sturdy and has been fitted with a set of stylish black rood rails, which adds to the masculine appeal of this Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV.
This three door Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV has liberal interior space and can take in five passengers in it with ease. The interior space allows all the occupants to get ample leg room along with pertinent head and shoulder space as well. The overall dimensions are moderate and rather spacious with the total length of this Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV being 3882mm along with an overall width of 1660mm, which also includes the protruding outside rear view mirrors as well. Then the total height of this SUV is 2055mm and this Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV also has a roomy wheelbase 2400mm, which provides apt comfort for all the passengers. This SUV also has an impressive minimum ground clearance of 235mm and the approximate kerb weight of 1460 kgs, which is quite good for this massive vehicle.
Ed's take: The interiors of the Gurkha are plain and basic. It isn’t anything fancy, but it can accommodate four people with easy and it has a good music system too.
The insides of this outstanding and fearsome Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV have been done up lavishly and has been equipped with a lot of comfortable aspects for the convenience of the passengers. The seats are plush with excellent space for all the passengers even on long drives. The seats are covered with premium quality upholstery and gives a very urbane feel to the interiors. This Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV is expected to get a modish dual tone interior scheme, which will augment its insides. The plastic surfaces seem to be smooth and are said to be made up of high quality plastic material, which will further enhance the looks of the insides. The dashboard is dark in color and the instrument cluster is bright and is expected to be fitted with round dials of the speedometer, a tripmeter, a tachometer and several other such meters and other notification and warning lamps for providing all the vital information to the driver, which will in turn make the drive comfortable and hassle free. This Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV is expected to be equipped with a proficient air conditioner unit with heater and ventilation, which will have the ability to cool the entire in-cabin space within a short span of time. The dashboard also has round shaped air conditioner vents and other features, which will add to the comfort of the driver. The driver seat can be adjusted inaccordance with the requirement of the driver and so is the steering wheel, which is expected to be tilt adjustable. The front driver and co-passenger also gets sun visors and there is also and internal rear view mirror as well along with a center arm rest for the front seats. Other features include a chuncky and responsive power steering along with an integrated audio system as well with speakers, which will certainly enhance the in-cabin ambience of this SUV and give the passengers a pleasurable driving experience. All these and many more such features have been equipped in this upcoming Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV and the company is hoping that this SUV will do a lot of revenue generation for them.
The company has kept its focus on soothing the passengers mainly with an ultimate comfort quality and this is why many of us would not be satisfied with the lack of luxury features. But, this SUV was never meant for providing too much luxury like the high profile SUVs do. Force Gurkha has always been known for its superb off-roading capabilities and the company has always done its best for giving more than adequate amounts of interior comfort features which would leave no room for complaints. However, the interiors looks quite similar to the older version but they do carry notice able changes. The all new 2013 Force Gurkha interior is equipped with a wide array of comfort features which guarantee top level comfortability during the long hour off-roading. When you step into the Gurkha, you are greeted by beige coloured interiors which blend in perfectly with the bold and macho exteriors of the Gurkha. This SUV is provided with ample amounts of space in all the cabins for bringing in a mesmerizing interior comfort and even three persons can easily fit in at the back. The beige coloured dashbboard is complemented with round air-cons which are given a black finish for putting up a dual-tone touch to the dashboard. The information cluster includes speedometer along with a trip meter which was absent in the previous variant gives additional superb fun tonality. The company has equipped the standard variant of Force Gurkha with air conditioning system and power steering facility.
Ed's take: The acceleration produced by the Gurkha is good, and the best bit as that torque is available throughout the rev range, which makes it easier to off-road as well.
This yet to be launched Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV has been equipped with a 2.6-litre turbo charged, inter cooled, diesel engine, which is BS-III compliant. This engine has been fitted with 4 cylinders and is said to generate impressive power and torque output. The top speed as well as the 0-100 kmph time required has not been updated as of now . But the company claims that the top speed of this SUV will be thrilling as the speedometer has been calibrated till 140 kmph and the time taken to cross the 100 kmph barrier is expected to be in double digits.
Ed's take: The engine on the Gurkha has good torque and it is easy to pull it even when stuck badly during an off-road situation. It has differential locks too.
Force Gurkha is powered by an extremely powerful engine which strives for delivering a flamboyant performance on long hour off road journeys. Under the hood you will find a 2.6-litre OM611 turbo-diesel engine which has replaced the previous 2.2-litre engine . This new engine is tuned in perfectly for moiling out a whooping 81bhp of power and a peak torque amount of 320Nm. However, at this moment we do not have the exact power and torque specifications which would put a light on the amount of rpm this engine takes for producing such monstrous figures. The engine has also got a new EGR cooling unit along with a EGR valve. This engine is mated with a 4x4 system with lockable differential feature. Thus, Force Gurkha is blessed with the an advance All Wheel Drive(AWD) capability for putting up an exceptional tough performance over the high grounds. The engine is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission system. The gear shift ratios are very smooth and prove their mettle on uneven terrains ridden with potholes. The SUV glides through the potholes without any hassles and there is a total absence of bounce and body rolls. The Force Gurkha waves over the undulated roads very swiftly and gives an overwhelming ride experience.
Ed's take:The Gurkha has a 2.6-litre diesel engine that is economical and frugal too.
There is no information yet about the mileage of the fuel economy of this yet to be launched Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV. The 2.6-litre diesel engine is compliant with all the norms of Bharat Stage – III and is expected to generate a healthy mileage on the Indian roads, which will certainly have to impress the customers.
Ed's take: Now, the power ratings of the Gurkha aren’t great on paper, but it is fine in the real world.
The company is said to have equipped this Force Gurkha 4x4 SUV with a power packed 2600cc engine , which is turbocharged, intercooled and has been derived from one of the reputed engines of the Mercedes company. This engine has the ability to generate 80bhp along with a maximum torque of 200Nm , which is rather good for the Indian road conditions.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
|Soft Top BS3 2WD
|14.0||17.0||80.5bhp @ 3200rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
|Soft Top BS3 4WD
|14.0||17.0||80.5bhp @ 3200rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
|Hard Top BS3 4WD
|14.0||17.0||80.5bhp @ 3200rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
Ed's take: The Gurkha has a music system and it also AC. But it gets a s accessories are winch and other off-roading things are available as dealer fitment.
Right now we do not have much information about the stereo and audio system the company might provide with this SUV.However, seeing the level of attention the company has paid towards arming the Gurkha with top notch performing and safety features , we can hope that the company would complement the SUV with a par average stereo system.
Ed's take: The handling on the on-road isn’t very important, but it does a good job. The ride too is pliant.
When you are driving a SUV which comes with huge amounts of power for driving across some of the worst terrains, you need to have a perfect combination of braking and handling mechanism for having a total control and stability over such monstrous vehicle. Force has deployed a class leading braking mechanism for making the Gurkha a perfect and competent SUV for off-roading. The regular brakes are really powerful and adequate enough for bringing this beast down in an instant without any need of deploying the handbrake. Like its previous version the latest revised 2013 version of Force Gurkha is equipped with a 262 mm disc brakes on front tyres and a duo servo with LSV auto adjuster solves the braking purpose for the rear tyres. A revised version of handbrake is used for giving an effective braking mechanism, which can prove its worth during accidental hazards. The company did not forget the necessity of a perfect handling mechanism for building up a competitive SUV and thus has armed the standard variant of Force Gurkha with an effective power steering. This feature proves it mettle as it gives better stability to the drivers and the SUV can be easily controlled for tearing apart the rocky roads. The wider, fatter and massive tyres play an important role in providing a class leading grip to the SUV over uneven surfaces. Thus, even on wet and slippery roads or during heavy rainfall conditions the chances of skidding are very low.
Ed's take: The handling of the Gurkha is just ok and it doesn’t have any airbags for extra safety. It has been designed to be driven off-road and it does that job well.
Force has left no page unturned towards building up a strong, powerful and a safe SUV. The company has loaded the Gurkha with numerous safety features which ensure of full safety to the passengers. The SUV structure is made up of a high tensile strength metal and the company claims of minimal damage which ultimately increases the safety of the passengers. This new Force Gurkha has been given a tubular chassis which is not only very flexible and is really strong and bringsin extra safety during the crashes . For providing a jolts and jerks free ride, Force Gurkha has got an advanced suspension system, which consists of an double wishbone shock absorbers for the front tyres and dual leaf springs on the rear tyres. This combination of indigenous suspension system at both the ends provides a jerk free ride experience to the passenger and thus enhancing the overall pleasure. Additional stabilizer bars has been fitted on to the rear axle and anti roll bars are present at front axle. All these class leading features work together for amazing you by giving superb smooth ride even on the toughest grounds.
Force Gurkha is armed with extraordinary wheels capable enough for mastering the untamed variable roads. This beast stuns everyone with its wide alloy wheels, which adds up to the outstanding masculine characteristics of the SUV. The brand new 2013 Force Gurkha is little bit smaller than its previous version due to the new 29.5-inch wheels , which have replaced the 31 inches tyres. The standard 4x4 wheel drive system used in the revamped Force Gurkha makes it easier for the SUV for smoothly gliding over the bumpy tracks during an off-road session. With this advance technology, the Gurkha proves itself as a competent off-roared. Climbing up on a dry and muddy slopes is not a big deal and it easily takes you up to the destination no matter how tough the journey may look. Thus, the all credit for this spectacular performance of the Gurkha goes to it massive wheels, which with their power can amaze you anytime.
1. Four wheel drive option enhances its ability to deal with any road conditions.
2. High ground clearance.
3. Price range is quite reasonable.
4. Engine is powerful yet fuel efficient.
5. Alloy wheels are given as standard in all trims.
1. Engine noise, vibration and harshness can be reduced.
2. Can be upgraded to BSIV emission norms.
3. Lack of essential safety features is a big minus.
4. Exterior appearance is not so attractive.
5. Many more comfort features can be added.
|Soft Top BS3 2WD |
|6,27,680||6,27,710||6,16,745||6,42,065||6,30,850||6,71,140||6,31,245||Get On Road Price|
|Soft Top BS3 4WD |
|8,36,498||8,36,528||8,21,916||8,55,798||8,40,850||8,77,845||8,41,811||Get On Road Price|
|Hard Top BS3 4WD |
|8,51,427||8,51,456||8,36,584||8,71,065||8,55,850||8,98,111||8,56,860||Get On Road Price|
Latest development in the Indian automobile industry states that India based car manufacturer, Force Motors is all set to re-launch the Gurkha SUV by the second half of 2013. And what makes us believe on the speculations is the fact that the similar vehicle has been frequently doing test runs across India for quite a long time now. The Gurkha 4x4 is based on the Mercedes Benz G-Wagen's legendary platform, the SUV was not very popular vehicle possibly because of lack of service network and outdated looks and technology ,which compelled the company to phase out the vehicle suddenly about 4 years back.
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