The Indian automaker, Force Motors, has officially announced to start selling the Gurkha SUV from September 2014. The company, however, had unveiled the vehicle last year, didn't put it on sale for some unknown reasons.
To be made available in both two wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions, the Gurkha has three variants - 2WD soft top, 4WD soft top and 4WD hard top, priced at Rs 6.25 lakh, Rs 8.35 lakh and Rs 8.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), respectively.
Powering the Gurkha is a Mercedes-Benz sourced 2.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that mated to five-speed manual transmission, outputs 81bhp and 230Nm. Features such as in-take snorkel for water wading, 210mm of ground clearance and few more, make the Gurkha one of the most capable entry level off-roading SUVs that we have in India.
Not many people know but the Gurkha was sold in India earlier, though lack of service network and outdated looks and technology compelled Force Motors to phase out the SUV suddenly. Now when Force Motor has invested a lot on dealer network expansion and research & development, we can expet the SUV to do well.