Force Motors is preparing to launch a new variant of the Gurkha UV. Leaked brochure of the Force Gurkha Xtreme shared on a Facebook Group reveals the specifications of the new variant, the highlight being a new 140 hp 2.2 L diesel engine.
The new engine is derivative of the Mercedes-Benz OM611 unit developing a maximum power of 140 hp at 3,800 rpm and a peak torque of 321 Nm at 1,600 - 2,400 rpm. There will be a 5-speed manual transmission with 4x4 and front and rear diff. locks. In comparison, the current 2.6 L unit makes 85 hp at 3,200 rpm and 230 Nm at 1,400 - 2,400 rpm. The Force Gurkha Xtreme, then, brings with a massive jump up in power and torque.
The front suspension will be updated to a Multilink setup. At 1,530 mm, the front track is 40 mm wider. The overall dimensions of the Force Gurkha Xtreme are the same as the 3-door Xplorer variant. It measures 3,992 mm long, 2,055 mm long, and 1,790 mm wide. It sits on a wheelbase measuring 2,400 mm. The Force Gurkha Xtreme rides on 245/70 R16 tires and has disc brakes up front and rear drum brakes.
Visually, there Force Gurkha Xtreme is nearly identical to the Gurkha Xplorer. The only visible changes are the alloy wheels and orange bonnet mounted lamps swapped with clear lens units. Expect 'Xtreme' badging or stickers on the door or rear.
The 3-door Force Gurkha Xplorer was launched in September last year. As per the official website, it has a price tag of INR 9,98,489 (ex-showroom). Expect the Xtreme variant to cost significantly more with pricing in the INR 11-13 lakhs (ex-showroom) territory. It will be offered in hard top and soft top variants with a seating capacity of either 6 or 8 occupants (including driver). The Xplorer 5-door is priced at INR 11,90,117 (ex-showroom), while the Force Gurkha Xpedition 4x2 retails for INR 935,000 for the 3-door variant and INR 960,000 for the 5-door variant. Both prices are ex-showroom.
The source of the images does not make mention of an official launch date. Force Motors may launch the Gurkha Xtreme either by the end of June or in early July. It is highly likely that dealerships are currently accepting bookings for the off-road vehicle.
[source - Facebook]