The fourth-generation Force Gurkha has been revealed with some modern features but retains the core structure that it first adopted when it was introduced in 2008. Catering to the Indian market exclusively, the new 4×4 has been designed with off-roading in mind and quotes the original G-Wagon as its inspiration.
At the helm of the new Force Gurkha sits a Mercedes-Benz-sourced OM616 turbodiesel 2,6-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 67 kW and 250 N.m of torque to a 4×4 system via a five-speed manual gearbox. This is supported by a manual locking front and rear differential.
The new full-metal body structure measures 4 116 mm long, 1 812 mm wide and 2 075 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2 400 mm. Together with the powertrain and these dimensions, the manufacturer claims that it can climb 35 degree inclines in 4×4 mode.
Off-road prowess is provided by a double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension with anti-roll bars. Stopping power is provided by a set of front disc and rear drum brakes with the support of ABS and EBD. For ease of use, the Force Gurkha is further supported by a hydraulically assisted power steering system. As standard, the Indian 4×4 sports an air intake snorkel which helps it achieve a claimed water wading depth of 700 mm. 16-inch steel wheels are the only option available for the utilitarian SUV.
Comfort and convenience features in the Force Gurkha include a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that is connected to a four-speaker system. Captain seats with armrests for the second row, two USB sockets at the front and rear, all-electric windows and air conditioning.
The list of standard safety features includes an airbag for the driver and passenger, rear parking sensors, a one-touch lane change indicator, cornering lamps, speed sensing automated door locking, a tyre pressure monitoring system, foglamps and full LED headlamps with DRLs.