Force Motors has launched the new Gurkha Xtreme top-range model at Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom) all across India and it boasts of a 140hp engine.
The new ForceGurkha Xtreme looks almost as identical as the standard variant. But there are some key mechanical changes such as the new 2.2-litre motor - borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz OM611 breed - that generates 140hp and a robust 321Nm of peak torque. It is the same engine that was used in the Force One SUV, which has now been discontinued.
The Gurkha Xtreme offers a new Mercedes-Benz G32 5-speed manual gearbox that connects with the engine with a dual-mass flywheel. The lower range Gurkha models retain the 85hp, 2.6-litre diesel engine.
The upgraded suspension system includes a multi-link arrangement at the front along with the one at the rear. The front track will be 40mm wide. Other upgrades are the new approach, departure and ramp breakover angles measuring 44 degrees, 35 degrees and 29 degrees, respectively. In comparison, the Gurkha Xplorer's angles measure 39 degrees, 27 degrees and 24 degrees. It gets 205mm of ground clearance and a wading depth of 550mm.
In terms of the interior, the Gurkha Xtreme will feature a new centre console and gear lever in addition to other upgrades to the cabin. The new model will also get a low-range transfer case, front and rear diff-locks like the standard Gurkhas but the shift-on-the-fly system will be excluded.
With a stronger 140hp engine and key features, the Gurkha Xtreme is expected to give a tough fight to the Mahindra Thar.
Bookings have commenced for the Force Gurkha Xtreme priced at Rs 12.99 lakh, much higher than the 85hp Gurkha Explorer, priced at Rs 10.49 lakh.
Source: Autocar India