Force Gurkha Xtreme uses a new 2.2-litre four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz derived diesel engine making 140 bhp and 321 Nm torque
Force Motors Limited has finally introduced the range-topping Gurkha Xtreme in the domestic market today after months of rumours surrounding its debut. The Indian manufacturer has priced the most powerful off-roading SUV from its stable for a price of Rs. 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Force Gurkha Xtreme will be offered in a phased manner across the country and it has a brand new powertrain as its main highlight. The three-door SUV derives power from a 2.2-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel engine, which is a derivative of Mercedes-Benz’s OM611.
It is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 140 bhp and 321 Nm of peak torque, and is connected to a five-speed manual transmission sourced from Mercedes-Benz. Force offers the Gurkha Xtreme with four-wheel-drive configuration as standard.
The first lot of Gurkha Xtreme is being delivered to select customers who had already been waiting for the long speculated variant. Force believes the launch of Gurkha Xtreme meant its domestic lineup of off-roading vehicles pertain to every segment it intends to compete in.
The Gurkha Xtreme is claimed capable of competitive off-roading and has several cosmetic changes to back up the mechanical upgrade. The Mahindra Thar rival receives an updated front fascia with more aggressive grille assembly, rounded headlamp cluster, prominent bumper with metal skid plate, LED turn signals, all-terrain tyres wrapped on newly designed wheels and Xtreme badge close to the fenders.
The distinguished appeal is complemented by the snorkel finished in chrome while the black cladding on the sides and slip resistant footboard are other significant features in the Gurkha Xtreme. For enhanced off-roading, it gains segment-first live rigid front axle and differential locks on both axles, along with a new transfer case.
Hub locks can be fitted on the front axle for reduced stress and increased fuel economy in two-wheel-drive mode. Based on C in C chassis, the Xtreme also boasts coil spring suspension that would aid in both on- and off-roading.