The Force Gurkha extreme off-roader from Force Motors will finally be available from September 2014. Customers will be able to test drive and book the off-roader across its personal vehicles dealerships at that time. Motown India tested the Gurkha several months back. The vehicle proved its tough abilities on some very rough terrains.The company, however, did not announce pricing for the vehicle.The Gurkha is unique in several ways. It is the only vehicle that comes equipped with Differential Locks on both front and rear axles. This helps the vehicle to get out of some of the most difficult terrains without much effort. It also has a distinctive air intake “Snorkel” in sparkling chrome finish that ensures ample supply of fresh air to the engine even while water wading. Thus, this vehicle is ideal to drive even when roads are inundated with water. With best in class ground clearance, hard top with air conditioning and power steering, one can comfortably and effortlessly negotiate extreme terrains in extreme weather.The Gurkha vehicle is powered by the 2.6 liter Mercedes OM 616 derived turbo charged intercooled engine mated to a 5 speed synchromesh transmission and 4WD with Hi - Lo option. The crawler feature on the Gurkha enables it to climb up steep gradients without even stepping on the accelerator. The ECU within the vehicle senses the terrain and supplies fuel accordingly. The reinforced tubular chassis of the Gurkha enables it to withstand extreme torsional stresses the vehicle gets subjected to in off-road situations. Another feature is the Spring-over-Axle, distinctive to Gurkha, that gives it improved clearance and off-roading capabilities.Force Motors Managing Director. Prasan Firodia said, “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.”The Gurkha comes with a warranty of three years or 3,00,000 km and is available in 3 colors and 2 variants via hard top and soft top. It will be sold through the company’s dealerships and would be backed by not only trained technicians but also ample stocks of parts.Force Motors (formerly known as Bajaj Tempo) is known for its iconic brands like the Tempo, the Matador and the Traveler. Its range includes Trump small commercial vehicles, Trax multi-utility and cross country vehicles, travelling light commercial vehicles and the Balwan range of Agricultural Tractors. In August 2011, the company entered into the personal vehicle arena with the launch of Force One sports utility vehicle. The Force Gurkha is the second vehicle launched under the Personal Vehicles Division.Apart from these vehicles, Force Motors have also supplied Mercedes-Benz over 42,000 engines. This business has grown to a substantial size as axles (both front and rear) of the C, E, S class passenger cars and the M and GL class SUVs made in India have also been added to the portfolio.Source: Force Motors.
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