Tuesday, May 30

Force Gurkha updated with ABS safety system

Force Motors has silently launched the ABS-equipped Gurkha in the Indian market. The new version of the SUV is priced at Rs 11.05 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Gurkha Xplorer ABS is available with both the trims – 3-door and 5-door. The 3-door trim is the top-spec version and is priced at Rs. 13.30 lakh.

With the new safety rules implemented in India from 1st April, manufacturers are silently updating their products to meet with the new laws.

Compared to the non-ABS configurations, the ABS-equipped configurations are up to INR 30,000 dearer. Bookings for the updated model are already underway, and deliveries are expected to commence in the coming weeks.

Force is yet to offer the ABS with the lower Xpedition variant of the variant but soon, the update may arrive. Non-ABS vehicles cannot be registered in the RTO. No other changes have been done to the vehicle visually or mechanically. The Force Gurkha remains similar to the non-ABS version in the market.

The Force Gurkha is expected to receive another set of safety features by July this year. This will be required to conform to the next revision in safety norms, which warrant the standardisation of features such as a driver airbag, rear parking sensors, a high-speed alert system, manual override for central locking system and front seatbelt reminders.

In December last year, Force Motors introduced a new top-of-the-line Xtreme propelled by a Mercedes-Benz OM 611 series 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 140 bhp and 321 Nm of torque. It comes mated to Mercedes-Benz’s G32 5-speed manual transmission.

In comparison, the Xpedition and Xplorer variants employ an FM 2.6 CR 2.6-litre diesel engine that produces 85 bhp at 3,200 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 1,400-2,400 rpm. The new top-spec variant even features some visual updates in the form of LED turn indicators, new steel bumpers, a thicker footboard, new wing mirrors and decals.

Force Gurkha – Variant-wise Price List*
Gurkha Xpedition 3-Door – INR 9.75 lakh
Gurkha Xpedition 5-Door – INR 9.99 lakh
Gurkha Xplorer 3-Door Non-ABS – INR 10.75 lakh
Gurkha Xplorer 3-Door ABS – INR 11.05 lakh
Gurkha Xplorer 5-Door Non-ABS – INR 12.25 lakh
Gurkha Xplorer 5-Door ABS – INR 12.55 lakh
Gurkha Xtreme 3-Door Non-ABS – INR 12.99 lakh
Gurkha Xtreme 3-Door ABS – INR 13.30 lakh
*ex-showroom, pan-India

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