Force Motors has announced that deliveries of the Force Gurkha will start from September, this year. Speculations had earlier suggested that the car will go on sale in June itself, but now Force Motors has put these rumours to rest with an official announcement.
The Gurkha was launched at the SIAM International Bus and Utility Show in February, last year and the price was revealed to be Rs 6.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Though dealers had started accepting bookings of the SUV, deliveries of the car never started. Force Motors says that since the SUV’s unveiling, they have been tinkering with the car’s setup based on owners and enthusiast’s feedback, making it an overall a better vehicle. Quality and refinement has been raised while and NVH levels have been brought down.
Force Motors Managing Director, Mr. Prasan Firodia said, "The feedback received from auto experts and select group of users during test drives has helped us further fine tune the Force Gurkha into an extremely capable off roader."
The Gurkha is powered by a Mercedes-Benz derived 2.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine which produces 85bhp and 230Nm of torque. This engine was only BSIII compliant when it was launched and the new version is expected to be tuned to make it adhere to the stringent BSIV regulations. This would allow the car to be registered in major cities too. Power is sent to all four wheels through a G18 Mercedes-Benz sourced five-speed manual gearbox.
This SUV is an updated version of the original Gurkha which was sold between 2008 and 2010. The Gurkha was revived on account of the increased demand for adventure and off-roading vehicles like the Mahindra Thar. It will be available in three guises, two soft-top and a top-of-the-line hard-top version. In line with the off-road pedigree, the Gurkha gets locking differentials (front and rear), ladder frame chassis, transfer case, snorkel exhaust, fog lamps. Creature comforts are limited to power steering and air-conditioning.