Force Gurkha


3.5/5 4 reviews

Force Gurkha Variants

Diesel Variants

Force Gurkha Soft Top 4X2
2596 cc Diesel, 0 kmpl |
Rs. 6,25,000
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Force Gurkha Soft Top 4X4
2596 cc Diesel, 0 kmpl |
Rs. 8,35,000
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Force Gurkha Hard Top 4X4
2596 cc Diesel, 0 kmpl |
Rs. 8,50,000
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Force Gurkha Review

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  • Exterior
     
  • Engine & Performance
     
  • Mileage
     
  • Braking & Safety
     
  • Comfort
     

Editorial Test Drive Review of Force Gurkha

 The Gurkha made its appearance way back in 2008 when it was manufactured for export with only a handful of units being given to Indian customers. Fast forward to 2011 and the company rolled out its big offering, the ‘One’ – the 4×4 version is expected later this year and least to say, we are looking forward to that! The Gurkha in the meantime was revived and over the last two years, much work has gone into improving the good old product in all respects. The new Gurkha is largely based on the older model – it still makes use of the same chassis and the body. This isn’t a bad thing as the original Gurkha was designed on the lines of the legendary Mercedes Benz G Wagon and in the middle of nowhere, this vehicle will surely look appealing. Changes on the exteriors include new bumpers, foot board, grille and that lovely functional snorkel. Alloy wheels are borrowed from the Force One and on avail are both 3-door hard-top and a soft top version. Step in, or rather, climb in and the first thing that takes you by surprise is the overall up-market feel for a SUV of this segment. The two-tone seats for example match the two-tone colour combination of the interiors. The fascia design has been changed as compared to the older model and looks far pleasing than its main rival, the Mahindra Thar. It also offers a lockable glovebox and the tachometer sits in the middle of the fascia. The Gurkha still makes use of the same Mercedes licensed OM616 four cylinder unit. Much work has been done to make sure both power and torque take a bump. The 2596cc makes a maximum power of 80PS at 3200rpm along with a maximum torque of 230Nm at 1800 rpm. This is transferred to the wheels via a G1 18/5B gearbox. The engine does the trick automatically and all you need to do is lock the differentials, select 4x4L, slot into first and let off the clutch. This thing will give actually challenge mountain goats up a rocky hill side no matter what terrain it is on! For the uninitiated, the differential lock helps come out of situations when one or more of the wheels are slipping on soft ground or in air due to undulating terrain and unable to generate enough traction to move forward. The 210mm ground clearance and 550mm wading depth further give the Gurkha a complete clear edge over the Thar. Lastly, enthusiasts who love venturing into the unknown like jungle trails, mining areas etc will also love the 37 degree approach angle and 34 degree departure angle – possible due to short overhangs. Prices for the Gurkha 4X2 start at Rs 6.25 lakhs (Soft Top) and go up to Rs 8.5 lakhs for the 4x4 hardtop, ex-showroom Delhi. For a detailed analysis read below.

 

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Force Gurkha Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Charm
  • Stunning off-road

Cons

  • Interior
  • Lacks features
  • on road performance

Force Gurkha Exteriors

 The new Gurkha is largely based on the older model – it still makes use of the same chassis and the body. This isn’t a bad thing as the original Gurkha was designed on the lines of the legendary Mercedes Benz G Wagon and in the middle of nowhere, this vehicle will surely look appealing. Changes on the exteriors include new bumpers, foot board, grille and that lovely functional snorkel. Alloy wheels are borrowed from the Force One and on avail are both 3-door hard-top and a soft top version. Interesting bits of exterior elements include the two Gurkha badges – one under the front windshield and one at the back. The Gurkha comes standard with front fog lamps and the exhaust outlet in front of the rear right tyre looks unique. The high ground clearance and all-terrain tyres add a touch of ‘macho-ness’ to the Gurkha.


What we like

 Looks have their own charm


What we don't like

 Earlier version was more handsome?

 
Front view of Force Gurkha
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3/4 Front view of Force Gurkha
3/4 Rear view of Force Gurkha
3/4 Front view of Force Gurkha
Side view of Force Gurkha
Auto headlamp of Force Gurkha
Front view of Force Gurkha

Force Gurkha Exterior vs Similar Cars Exterior


Force Gurkha

Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Bolero

Premier Rio
Exterior rating
What we like
  • Brutish charm
  • Improved quality
  • Presence
  • Classic looks
  • Classic looks
  • Tough looks
  • Improvement to design
  • SUV looks
  • Improved looks
What we don't like
  • Looks not appealing to all
  • Quality
  • Rear styling
  • Build quality
  • Dated looking now
  • Lacks presence
  • Lacks build quality
Gallery link View Force Gurkha Photo View Mahindra Thar Photo View Mahindra Bolero Photo View Premier Rio Photo


Force Gurkha Comfort & Suspension

 The OM616 engine isn’t very smooth or refined. However this could also be blamed on the overall NVH levels. It goes over bad roads very well and just lords over them.


What we like

 Much better now


What we don't like

 Ride could be better



Force Gurkha Engine & Performance

 The Gurkha still makes use of the same Mercedes licensed OM616 four cylinder unit. Much work has been done to make sure both power and torque take a bump. The 2596cc makes a maximum power of 80PS at 3200rpm along with a maximum torque of 230Nm at 1800 rpm. This is transferred to the wheels via a G1 18/5B gearbox.


What we like

 Has decent grunt


What we don't like

 Needs more power


Force Gurkha Handling Braking & Safety

 The engine does the trick automatically and all you need to do is lock the differentials, select 4x4L, slot into first and let off the clutch. This thing will give actually challenge mountain goats up a rocky hill side no matter what terrain it is on! For the uninitiated, the differential lock helps come out of situations when one or more of the wheels are slipping on soft ground or in air due to undulating terrain and unable to generate enough traction to move forward. The 210mm ground clearance and 550mm wading depth further give the Gurkha a complete clear edge over the Thar. Lastly, enthusiasts who love venturing into the unknown like jungle trails, mining areas etc will also love the 37 degree approach angle and 34 degree departure angle – possible due to short overhangs.

 

What we like

 Brilliant off-road


What we don't like

 Could be better on-road



Force Gurkha Mileage and Running Costs

Force Gurkha Mileage

Force Gurkha Diesel Variants
Force Gurkha Soft Top 4X2 N/A
Force Gurkha Soft Top 4X4 N/A
Force Gurkha Hard Top 4X4 N/A

Force Gurkha Diesel Mileage


Force Gurkha Mileage vs Similar Cars Mileage


Force Gurkha

Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Bolero
Similar Diesel Cars Mileage Hard Top 4X4N/A
Soft Top 4X2N/A
Soft Top 4X4N/A
CRDe AC16 kmpl
DI 4x218.06 kmpl
DI 4X416.55 kmpl
DI15.96 kmpl
EX15.96 kmpl
Plus15.96 kmpl
SLE15.96 kmpl
SLX15.96 kmpl
ZLX15.96 kmpl


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Force Gurkha Features

Force Gurkha Soft Top 4X2 Soft Top 4X4 Hard Top 4X4
Safety
ABS No No No
EBD No No No
Airbags No No No
Child safety lock Yes Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes
Traction control No No No
Hill control No No No
Hill descent No No No
4WD No Yes Yes
ESP No No No
Central locking No No No
Interior
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes
Tilt Steering No No No
Power windows No No No
Auto down for power windows No No No
Anti-pinch for power windows No No No
Cup holders No No No
Air-con No No Yes
Rear A/c vents No No No
Audio system No No No
Keyless start-stop button No No No
Electric mirrors No No No
Electric foldable mirrors No No No
Deffoger No No No
Tachometer No No No
Leather seats No No No
Arm rest Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Reversing camera No No No
Steering controls No No No
Bluetooth connectivity No No No
Driver info display No No No
Cruise control No No No
Foot rest No No No
Remote boot release Yes Yes Yes
Driver seat height adjust No No No
Chilled glovebox No No No
Power Seats No No No
Exterior
Keyless entry No No No
Fog lights Yes Yes Yes
Sunroof No No No
Moon Roof No No No
Rear wiper No No No
Auto headlamps No No No
Rain sensing wipers No No No
Steel rims No No No
Alloy wheels Yes Yes Yes
Rear spoiler No No No
Roof rails No No No
Chrome grille No No No
Projector lamps No No No
Day time running lamps No No No

Force Gurkha Colors

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Force Gurkha Diesel Price
Force Gurkha Soft Top 4X2 Rs 6.25 Lakh On-Road Price
Force Gurkha Soft Top 4X4 Rs 8.35 Lakh On-Road Price
Force Gurkha Hard Top 4X4 Rs 8.50 Lakh On-Road Price

Force Gurkha Price vs Similar Cars Price

Petrol Option Diesel Option

Force Gurkha
N/A   Rs 6.25 L - 8.50 L On-Road Price

Mahindra Thar
N/A   Rs 4.75 L - 7.23 L On-Road Price

Mahindra Bolero
N/A   Rs 6.21 L - 7.57 L On-Road Price

Premier Rio
Rs 6.31 L - 6.59 L On-Road Price Rs 6.70 L - 7.30 L On-Road Price

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Ganesh P | Posted on Apr,03,2013 at 12:50 PM
why his exhaust near to driver it's become hot or distract & seating arrangement also not so comfort Reply to this post  
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