Force Motors begins testing revamped Gurkha 4X4 SUV; India launch could happen in the next few months

Force Motors’ Gurkha 4X4 SUV was one of the most capable yet unknown and under rated product amongst most SUV buyers except say for the dyed-in-the-wool off roading community. The Gurkha, which is based on the legendary Mercedes Benz GelandeWagen’s(G-Wagen) underpinnings was a highly robust and capable off roader that Force Motors used to sell in tiny numbers in the Indian car market. The automaker instead focused on exporting the Gurkha to international markets. Now though, Force Motors has begun establishing dedicated dealerships to sell its SUVs.

Force Motors Gurkha SUV 4X4

Force Motors Gurkha SUV 4X4 Spyshot

These dealerships, which were first established to sell the Force One SUV are expected to also sell the upcoming facelifted Gurkha, which was taken off the market more than a year ago. Previously, one had to place an order for the Gurkha at Force Motors’ commercial vehicle dealerships. Apart from a shoddy dealership experience in most cases, the Gurkha came with a waiting period of over 6 months, which in this day and age of instant gratification was as obsolete as bell bottom pants. Now though, with the dealership experience vastly improved through dedicated passenger vehicle dealerships, the Gurkha could find a lot more takers, what with the higher visibility the new dealerships would offer.

The facelifted Gurkha is expected to come with the OM611 common rail turbo diesel engine. This 2.2 Liter unit, that also does duty on the likes of the Force One SUV and the Traveller Utility Vehicle, could produce a peak power of 140 Bhp and a peak torque of 320 Nm. This engine which has been designed by Mercedes Benz is built by Force Motors.  The engine is expected to be mated to a five speed manual gearbox, which will send power to all four wheels of the SUV, through the four wheel drive system.

Force Motors Gurkha SUV 4X4

Force Motors Gurkha SUV 4X4 Spyshot

The Force Gurkha 4X4, on the road will deliver power and torque through the rear wheels, with the 4X4 system coming into action when the driver selects the 4X4 mode when the appropriate conditions demand for it. In the facelifted model, the Gurkha will retain its traditional body-on-ladder underpinnings but is expected to get a refreshed looks on the outside. The SUV is also expected to get a few creature comforts to make it more appealing to the urban SUV buyer. Expect the Gurkha to be launched in the next few months.

Spyshot Courtesy OnCars

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