Force Gurkha, the same off-road vehicle which got launched almost a year and a half back, still hadn’t reached the dealerships. What had taken so long for the Pune-based carmaker to finally bring in the vehicle to the sales-floor still cannot be worked out by our experts. But it is been said the engineers at the backend were busy pepping the fallout of the vehicle which were pointed by the auto experts after they took its first drive.
Specifically, it was the February 2013 when the Force Motors revealed the prices and technical specifications of the Force Gurkha after a long wait, but soon after the experts got their hands on it and they complimented for a more room of improvements, with taking them seriously, the carmaker had again went to the board with its set of engineers to sort out shortcomings. “The feedback received from auto experts and select group of users during test drives has helped us further fine tune the Force Gurkha into an extremely capable off roader,” said Prasan Firodia, MD, Force Motors. It was also added the bookings will be open near to the date of sales.
Force Motors uses a 2.6-litre Mercedes sourced OM 616 turbo charged intercooled engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox transmitting power to all the four wheels. Being an off-roader in nature, and also very serious about to give the Mahindra Thar a head-to-head competition, the reinforced tubular chassis chassis of Gurkha is made to bear the extreme torsional stresses passed on during the extreme off-road conditions.
The Gurkha gets a hardtop and a soft-top version and will be available with three colour options.