Force Motors has launched a new Gurkha which now conforms to BS-IV emission norms. Available in three- and five-door body styles badged the Xplorer and Xpedition, respectively, the Gurkha features minor styling changes to the exterior along with a host of new mechanical.
In terms of styling, the noticeable changes to the exterior are the new front and rear bumpers and a new grille up front. The SUV also comes fitted with all-terrain tyres as standard. The overall design, though, remains familiar to the previous model.
Inside, changes to the cabin include a new steering wheel design, new gear lever and new air-con controls on the centre console.
The three-door Xplorer can be optioned as either a hard top or with a fabric soft top with a choice of seating configurations ranging from a four plus driver to a seven plus driver seating arrangement. The five-door Xpedition, on the other hand, is available as a hard top only in ether a six- or an eight-seat configuration, excluding the driver.
As per Force, the 2017 Gurkha is based on a new ladder-frame chassis, along with a new suspension setup. At the front, the SUV gets new independent struts with gas-charged shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar, while at the rear, it comes with a new multi-link setup that also features gas-charged hydraulic shocks and an anti-roll bar.
The Gurkha carries on with the 86hp, 2.6-litre diesel engine with the unit now BS-IV compatible and paired with a new five-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive with low range and locking front and rear differentials.
The five-door Xpedition is priced at Rs 8.38 lakh while the smaller three-door Xplorer is priced at Rs 9.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).The move to BS-IV would mean that the Gurkha will now be available across more locations though as before the model will only appeal to a small niche of customers looking for a capable off-roader.