Recently, Force Motors introduced the updated Gurkha EOV (Extreme Off-road Vehicle) range in India. This vehicle in its 2017 iteration gets cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. While it is available in the three-door Xplorer and five-door Xpedition variants, this picture gallery will take you through the changes to the former version. Take a look.
The Mercedes G wagon-inspired exterior still gets the same design, but with some minor cosmetic changes. There are revised steel bumpers with new fog lamps.
Since this Xplorer is the serious off-roader amongst the two versions, it comes equipped with four-wheel drive with low range and locking front and rear differentials.
It can be had with a soft-top or a hard-top roof. The main highlight is the snorkel intake for high water wading capability amongst other off-road centric features.
Thanks to this snorkel, the Gurkha has a high water wading ability of up to 550mm, unmatched by any other vehicle in this category.
The cabin of the Gurkha has now been made more passenger-friendly with the option of a manual HVAC system for the first time.
Updates inside include a new four-spoke steering wheel, a new gear knob, and a redesigned floor console with cubby holes. All-terrain tyres are a standard fitment on the SUV.
The vehicle rides on a new C-in-C Chassis frame welded using robotic welding technique. This has offered excellent strength in bending and torsion.
At the front, the SUV boasts of new independent struts with gas-charged shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar.
On the other hand, at the rear, there's a new multi-link setup that also features gas-charged hydraulic shocks and an anti-roll bar.
This SUV continues to be powered by the Mercedes OM 616 derived, 2.6-litre turbocharged inter-cooled direct injection diesel mill. It is now compliant with BS-IV emission norms.
This engine churns out 85bhp and 230Nm of torque and comes mated to a new G-28 five-speed all-synchromesh gearbox.