Force Motors has launched the new Gurkha Xtreme with a 140hp motor. The new top-spec variant is priced at Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India)
The new Force Gurkha Xtreme is powered by a 2.2 litre Mercedes-Benz sourced diesel motor. Apart from the engine, the Gurkha also features a new gearbox and a transfer case.
The Mercedes-Benz OM611 engine 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 new model gets a low-range transfer case but misses out on the shift-on-the-fly system, and also gets front and rear diff-locks, like the standard Gurkha.
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.
On the inside, the Gurkha Xtreme gets a new centre console, gear lever and transfer case along with other updates to the cabin.
When the standard Gurkha was pit against its arch-rival, the Mahindra Thar, in our comparison, the former came across as lacking in several areas. Now, with a more powerful 140hp engine and a suite of upgrades, the Gurkha Xtreme is expected to be a more challenging contender.