Pune based Indian automobile manufacturing company which has prominence in commercial vehicle and mini bus segment has come back with its second SUV product after the Force One. The new vehicle looks tougher and adventurous compared to Force One. The all terrain four-wheel drive enabled SUV is named as the Gurkha.
Powered by a 2.6L engine the vehicle has many similarities in exterior design with the popular people mover, Force Toofan. However, the marque has escalated the build quality through design of the fascia and addition of equipment like the alloy wheels. It is available in both open soft top and hard top roof body styles. The open soft top body style accommodates 6 people while the hard top takes in 5. Constructed on strong chassis and flexible suspension, Force Gurkha is all set display its strength over the mud tracks of India. The vehicle will be positioned against Mahindra Thar.
Force Motors has been maintaining its association with the German auto giant Mercedes-Benz. Force Motors has built the Gurkha with the 2.6L diesel engine from Mercedes-Benz. This turbo charged diesel engine is powerful and fuel-efficient. The engine delivers 80 bhp as maximum power output and torque rating comes up to 230 Nm at 1800-2000 rpm. The hefty torque on the crank empowers the wheels to run on any degree of accent. The engine power is drawn out through overdrive 5-speed manual transmission.
The suspension system of this ‘go anywhere vehicle’ is tough and flexible enough to suit the character of the automobile. The SUV uses independent type suspension with torsion bar at front and semi-elliptical leaf springs at rear. The hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers with ant-roll bars aid for better comfort and superior handling over terrains.
Force Motors has used Silver Grey colour tone to a great extent on the face of the Gurkha. The headlamp surround, the front grille and the front bumper comes in this colour theme. The design of the grille and the bumper is bold and aggressive which makes them eye captivating. Two indicators are mounted on the flat bonnet which is a unique design feature for this SUV. This improves the visibility of turn indicators to vehicles which overtake from left or right. The Silver Grey colour coating is further extended over the side body, on the wheel arches till the rear of the SUV. The hard top body style comes with a spare wheel attached to the rear of the Gurkha. Another notable feature is the stainless steel snorkel which runs out of the bonnet and extends over A-pillar. This is the regular air-intake of the engine of the vehicle which is designed in this particular way so that water does not get sucked into the engine if the SUV is crossing a water body like a river stream. The car stands on stylish 16-inch alloy wheels and has a ground clearance of 210 mm which makes it easier for drivers to take this vehicle off-road.
Like other ‘built for off-road vehicles’, the Gurkha gets a roughly finished dashboard. The auto maker has used dual colour scheme in the interior. The cabin is spacious and can seat 5 or 6 people based on the body type. The seats have integrated head rests which are designed to improve the comfort level. Abundance leg room with good under thigh support makes long drives pleasurable in this vehicle. The company has taken care to reduce NVH levels in the cabin.
The safety features present in Force Gurkha are differential locks on front and rear axles which enable better handling on terrains, Dual Circuit Vacuum Assisted braking for effective braking and radial tyres for firmer road grip.