With its body design based on
an old version of the Mercedes G-Wagen, the 2017 Force Grukha 4X4 now comes
with a BS IV engine and some spruced up features. We check it out for you.
The three-door Force Gurkha Xplorer with a
shorter wheel base is a smart looking vehicle. Designed on the shape of an old
Mercedes G-Wagen, this iconic looking vehicle continues to turn heads. The
Force Gurkha today comes in two variants--Force Gurkha Xplorer and Force Gurkha
The Xplorer comes in two
versions, one a three-door with a short wheel base of 2400mm and a larger
5-door with a wheel base of 2750mm. Both the models have 4X4 capability. The
Force Gurkha Xpedition comes only in one version with a wheel base of 2750mm
and has a 4X2 capability. The latter is meant mainly for families who prefer
We got our hands on the hard
top 3-door Force Gurkha 4X4 Xplorer. The 2017 Xplorer has been spruced up and
comes with a new facia with front and rear steel bumpers. Despite its boxy
looks, the vehicle has a great macho appeal and sits on 245/70 R16 all terrain tyres
with smart wheel arches. The Gurkha Xplorer also comes with a lot of add ons
which make the vehicle look stunning. These include alloys and off roading
tyres, front bull guard, rear guard, roof carrier with fog lamp rod, shovel
holder, axe holder, roof rail, windshield guard, body colour spoiler, jerry can
holder and ladder, door visor, winch and fog lamps. Now with all these snazzy
fitments, the vehicle looked extremely attractive.
2596 cc / FM 2.6 CR, BS IV, 4 cylinder, inline TCIC common rail
BS IV diesel engine
3992mm X 1790mm
Independent with coil spring
mounted on struts, gas charged hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers with anit
Multi link with pan hard rod
and coil springs with gas charged hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers and
anti roll bar
Front Brakes & Rear Brakes
Disc / Drum
245 / 70 R16 All Terrain
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
The inside of the Force Gurkha
Xplorer has been improved with a new steering wheel, better placement of the
gear lever and the hand brake etc. But what has not changed is the interior fit
and finish. I was a tad disappointed with the interiors, especially the quality
of plastics used, the lack of storage space for bottles and cups etc, lack of
adjustments in the steering wheel for rake or reach, quality of steering wheel
and fit and finish. It looked as though the vehicle was only meant to cater to
a hard core off roader who really did not bother about the comfort and
aesthetics of the interiors.
Even though the quality of
seats has improved vastly compared to the earlier model, the overall appeal of
the interiors still lacks class. The vehicle does not have any electronic
infused features, be it power windows, electronically adjusted seats or
electronically adjusted drive features. But that can be overlooked, since that
in short means less maintenance for the vehicle.
The Force Gurkha Xplorer is
powered by 2596cc diesel engine that produces just about 85hp and a peak torque
of 230Nm. This, when compared to competition, is rather low. Yet, the vehicle
has been improved dramatically when it comes to its ride and handling. This
2017 model also gets a new G28/5 manual transmission with five forward gears
and 1 reverse. This gearbox is far superior to the one that was in the older
The vehicle now sits on a new
high strength C-in-C chassis with coil spring suspension on all four wheels.
Body roll and jerks have been contained to a great extent in this new Xplorer.
The Gurkha has been known for its
off road capability, especially with its four wheel drive feature and its front
and rear differential locks. None of the vehicles in its class offers diff
locks and this is a massive advantage when one has to indulge in real off
roading. In terms of capability as an off-roader, the Force Gurkha continues to
be perfect. Four wheel drive options in both high and low, apart from front and
rear differential locks are standard in the XPlorer. The snorkel air intake
also ensures that the vehicle can wade in deep waters, much more than 550mm
claimed by the company.
Despite the treacherous terrain
I drove on, not once did I have to deploy diff locks. I wondered as to why the
company cannot offer another variant with a 4X4 option but without diff locks?
Please remember, diff locks are engaged when wheels are perched precariously
and it guarantees equal wheel speed on either the front wheels or the rear
wheels or on all 4 wheels, depending on the diff locks engaged. This prevents
spinning of wheels. Only real off roaders know when to engage the diff locks.
The moment the diff locks have done their job, it needs to disengaged or it can
bomb your transmission. Only a disciplined driver will appreciate such a
The new Force Gurkha is
definitely a much better version of the previous model. All the company needs
is to iron out some of the irritants within its cabin area, if the company
wants some of the customers in the city to go for this handsome brute. The Force
Gurkha Xplore continues to remain a true explorer.
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