Off-road enthusiasts worldwide are familiar with Wranglers, Patrols, Landcruisers, Xterra’s etc but very few might have heard of this capable off-roader from India.
The flagship model of India’s Force Motors – the Gurkha is a legendary off-roader named after the Gurkha regiment of the Indian Army. Gurkha’s are highly capable with ladder frame chassis, differential locks on both axles and water wading capacity of upto 550mm depth.
Force Gurkha debuted in 2008 was a two door variant equipped with a 2.6 liter Mercedes OM616 Diesel engine. Force Motors updated Gurkha in 2013 with the carry over 2.6 liter equipped with a turbo charger meeting the emission standards. The diesel motor is now producing approximately 81 hp and 230 Nm of torque at a low 1,800 rpm. Power is channeled via 5-speed transmission.
In 2017 Force launched three variants of Gurkha, Xtreme, Xplorer and Xpedition. The performance oriented Gurkha Xtreme was powered by a new 2.2 liter Mercedes OM611 Diesel engine generating 140 hp and impressive 321 Nm of torque. The new engine is mated with a 5-speed transmission sourced from Mercedes Benz. Xplorer and Xpedition were equipped with 85 hp 2.6 liter Mercedes OM616 Diesel engine.
In 2020, Force updated Gurkha with an all new BS6 emission compliant 2.6 liter Diesel engine good for 88 hp mated a 5-speed manual transmission system. 2020 Force Gurkha features LED DRL’s, projector headlights, aggressive front fascia and a 7” touchscreen display. It features manual differential locks for the front and rear axles.
All new 2021 Gurkha debuted in last year’s Auto Expo features updated chassis, new grill, numbers and round headlights similar to Mercedes G63 and 16” alloy wheels. The wheel arches and claddings enhances the masculine character of the off-roader. 2021 Force Gurkha is equipped with carry over 2.6 liter Diesel engine tweaked to meet emission standards (BS6). Updated power plant generates 90 hp against 88 hp of the outgoing model.
2021 Gurkha retails at USD 13.3K (INR 9.75L) for the base variant and tops out at USD 18.23K (INR 13.3L)