new Force Gurkha Xtreme 4x4 from Force Motors is a true definition of a real
beast. It may have a bland cabin but when it comes to its engine, transmission,
transfer box, suspension and build, it’s every off-roader’s dream come true.
Mind you, this vehicle is not for those who love to be pampered by a host of
electronic buttons and up market upholstery. Off-roaders as well as the entire
defence forces in the country will find this vehicle a real value for money.
, 4 Cylinder, Inline, TCIC Common Rail, Diesel Engine, 16 valve DOHC
32/5 Synchromesh with Dual Mass Flywheel, Overdrive
Forward, 1 Reverse (Manual)
link with Pan Hard Rod & Coil Springs with Hydraulic telescopic shock
absorbers and anti roll bar
/ 70 R16 Tubeless
X width X height (mm)
x 1820 x 2075
lakh (ex showroom Delhi)
Exterior and Interior
Gurkha is styled on the lines of legendary Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. The exterior
of the vehicle has undergone a facelift with a bold new front facia, bonnet
mounted LED indicators, new front, and rear steel bumpers. And what comes
standard in this Gurkha Xtreme are the signature chrome finish air intake
snorkel for deep water wading, muscular side cladding, new attractive bold
graphics, clear lens headlamps, front fog lamps, large ORVMs, sturdy and
full-length slip resistant footboard, and increased width all-terrain tubeless
tyres. The vehicle that we drove had Maxxis off road tyres which make the
vehicle even better and masculine.
for the interior, it’s very plain Jane with just the basics. The seats are very
comfortable. The doors do not have any storage within its inner panels. But
there are few storage spaces on the floor console. The switches and gauges look
dated and the gear lever, the 4-wheel lever and the two diff lock levers are
not the least attractive to look at. But it’s only when you get to drive the vehicle
that you realise that this vehicle has the heart of a beast and moves like one
2019 Force Gurkha Xtreme 4x4 is a fairy tale come true for the off
roaders. The Gurkha Xtreme with a high
strength C-in-C chassis is powered by the Mercedes-Benz sourced OM 611 derived
common rail diesel engine. It is the same engine that the company had raced for
three years at the tough Rain Forest Challenge in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This
engine develops 140 hp and 321 Nm of peak torque with dual mass flywheel that
ensures excellent drivability and low NVH.
Tandon, a successful textile businessman has influenced the making of this
vehicle. Sumeer’s tech savvy mind has ensured that the vehicle is not wanting
when it comes to performance. He says the engine is very light, has got
aluminium heads and very lights parts imported from Mercedes. The torque curve
is almost flat. The beautiful redline is at 4100rpm. Usually the best of diesel
engines redline at 3800rpm. The peak torque is limited to meet the emission
handle this high torque, the company has fitted a new gearbox that goes by the
name G32. This is also a Mercedes derived gearbox. This gear box is also
compatible with the dual mass flywheel. This ensures that the vibrations are
controlled and the ride is smooth. The lower end torque harmonics are not
transferred to the body shell. And now to get a very smoother ride with one
additional feature it has from the RFC Gurkha, it is the Divgy Warner transfer
the leading SUV makers in India go to Warner to buy their transfer cases.
Warner has two types of transfer cases. One is selectable four-wheel drive; the
other is all-wheel drive. The all wheel has a central differential. It does not have a two-wheel / four-wheel
option. Differential takes care of the speeds between the wheels. But between
the two axles, there is again a small differential into the gear box. A Divgy
base manual model that the Xtreme has, typically meets the army specs. Army
needs a manual selectable one because they do not want their four-wheel drive to
be kicked in always. There is a lot of wastage of fuel.
the rear axles of Force vehicles were always known for their proven qualities,
the front axle has been developed with the same technology as of the rear,
using the German Steyr technology.
very interesting about the vehicle is that it also comes with a virtual lift in
order to raise the height of the vehicle. It is primarily to accommodate larger
tyres for those keen to do so. It is, to put it correctly, ready for an off
roader to use immediately. Even if bigger tyres are put in, you do not disturb
the mechanicals. Now it has also become mandatory in the country with the
recent Supreme Court ruling, you cannot go against the CMVR or Central Motor
Vehicles Rules and disturb the mechanicals or suspension of the vehicle. In
short, no modifications of any kind can be carried out in a vehicle that you
buy. In such a scenario, the Force Gurkha Xtreme is like a dream come true for
the off roaders.
putting the lifts at the OEM level, the Force Xtreme has done a great service
to the off roading community. They can simply go ahead and put in larger tyres
without disturbing the suspension set up or flouting the CMVR norms.
vehicles in this price range are no match to the Gurkha Xtreme. One of the
popular models from across the stable does not have a rigid front axle. Nor
does it have coil spring suspension. This vehicle has springs in front and rear
making ride quality top notch.
Force Gurkha Xtreme has a live rigid front axle. It is proven for off road
abilities and definitely for defence. The new Gurkha Xtreme also has provision
to fit hub locks on the front axles that helps saving fuel as well as reducing
stress on the drivetrain while in 2WD.
new Force Xtreme comes with differential lockers both for front and rear. This
feature will come very handy if your vehicle is really beached. Essentially,
what diff locks offer is something which goes much beyond the purview of the
four wheel drive. While a four-wheel drive brings out a vehicle from sticky
situations, it become helpless in cases of extreme situations where you lose
traction on both the axles. That’s where diff locks come to your help and pull
out the vehicle free. Situations beyond
the scope of diff locks can then only be tackled with the help of a winch.
you, diff locks have to be unlocked the moment you are out of a sticky
situation or it can lead to a lot of damage to your vehicle. Moreover,
deploying the front diff lock needs to be done with great care and the front
wheel needs to be kept pointed straight. Again, once the use of the diff locks
is over, they immediately need to be unlocked.
interesting feature of this driveline is that it has inbuilt crawl and hill
descent control. In 4L mode the vehicle can crawl up a steep hill with the rpm
holding steady at 1000+ level. Also, while coming down a steep hill, you need
not use brakes; it can come down gently in the 4L brake. Of course, on city roads and plain surfaces,
one should drive on two wheel drive to get better fuel efficiency.
is of concern is that the new Force Gurkha Xtreme does not come with airbags,
nor does it have ABS. The mandatory norms for these will kick in soon in India
and then Force Motors has to reengineer the Xtreme and ensure that it still
remains an off roader’s dream.
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