The new Force Gurkha Xtreme will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM611-derived 2.2-litre diesel unit that makes 140hp and 321Nm replacing the aged 85hp, 2.6-litre diesel engine This is essentially the same engine that powered the now-discontinued Force One SUV. In addition to the engine, the Gurkha will get a new gearbox too – a Mercedes-Benz G32 five-speed manual that links to the engine via a dual-mass flywheel.
The Force Gurkha Xtreme will also come with front and rear diff-locks, like the standard Gurkha. The suspension is set to receive an upgrade too, with a multi-link arrangement at the front in addition to the one at the rear. The front track will be wider by 40mm.
The revised suspension will bring with it major improvements in approach, departure and ramp breakover angles which now stand at 44 degrees, 35 degrees and 29 degrees, respectively, compared to the Gurkha Xplorer’s 39 degrees, 27 degrees and 24 degrees. The Gurkha Xtreme has been rated with 205mm of ground clearance and a wading depth of 550mm.
Now, with the more powerful engine (140hp) and a suite of upgrades, the Gurkha Xtreme could be a more challenging contender to the Mahindra Thar which is powered by CRDe engine with power output of 105hp and torque of 247 Nm.