Force Motors dealerships IAB got in touch with say that the company has launched a more powerful version of the Gurkha Xtreme SUV in India.
The new Force Gurkha Xtreme is powered by a 2.2 litre Mercedes-Benz sourced diesel motor. The SUV with the new engine option is only available in the top-spec trim and has been priced at INR 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom India). Apart from the engine, the Gurkha also features a new gearbox and a transfer case.
The engine in question is the new 2.2-litre unit from the Mercedes-Benz OM611 family that is paired with a new 5-speed manual gearbox (Mercedes-Benz G32). This is the same four-cylinder engine that powered the now discontinued Force One SUV. It is capable of generating 140 PS of maximum power and 321 Nm of peak torque. Lower variants continue to employ the 85 PS 2.6-litre motor, which is priced from INR 10.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Force Gurkha Xtreme 2.2 features a low-range transfer case and front and rear differential locks. However, the transfer case misses out on the shift-on-the-fly system, and instead, it gets a dual-mass flywheel. The Gurkha Xtreme also receives an upgraded suspension setup with multi-link units up front, similar to the ones at the rear. The new suspension has resulted in a front track wider by 40 mm.
This new Force Gurkha Xtreme 2.2 receives improvements to the approach, ramp break-over and departure angles as compared to the Gurkha Xplorer. The SUV has a ground clearance of 205 mm and water - wading depth of 550 mm. Coming to the interiors, the Xtreme features a new centre console and gear knob.
It appears that bookings are open for the Gurkha Xtreme 2.2 at Force dealerships across the country for an amount of INR 51,000. The Force Gurkha Xtreme primarily rivals the Mahindra Thar. The change of heart and a few updated mechanicals will now make it a more serious contender to its arch nemesis.