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dharmesh 12th February 2014 09:58 AM

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Just a naive questions, what is the GC of Force Gurkha??

Sam Dinkar 12th February 2014 11:47 AM

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Just a naive questions, what is the GC of Force Gurkha??

210mm. In Gujarati, that translates to "saaru chhe".

Sam Dinkar 20th February 2014 08:56 AM

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One of my acquaintances has recieved this communication from Force Motors in answer to the query on availability of the Gurkha:

The retails sales of the Force Gurkha are yet to begin. Please share your contact details, so that our representatives can get in touch with you once the Gurkha is available.

Regards,
Team Force Gurkha

Iron Rock 20th February 2014 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Sam Dinkar (Post 367486)
One of my acquaintances has recieved this communication from Force Motors in answer to the query on availability of the Gurkha:

The retails sales of the Force Gurkha are yet to begin. Please share your contact details, so that our representatives can get in touch with you once the Gurkha is available.

Regards,
Team Force Gurkha

Looks like the hardest part in offroading the Gurkha is actually getting to own the Gurkha!Unfortunate but so far that seems the reality, i hope this changes soon!

Sam Dinkar 5th March 2014 11:16 AM

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Force Motors may not be letting people like us buy a Gurkha but they sure are letting their officials have all the fun that they want:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SSTM...rt 1 - YouTube
Force Gurkha in Action - Part 2 - YouTube

Iron Rock 5th March 2014 04:15 PM

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Sam, a song to cheer you up!:biggrin:

Force Motors-Hamain Force Mila - YouTube

iyerz 14th March 2014 03:18 PM

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What a great write up. I am new to this forum and absolutely impressed.

I wish Indian Car makers work on better interior for some reason the focus is not there.

Sam Dinkar 20th May 2014 09:00 AM

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Iron Rock has shared that a BS4 Gurkha may be launched this year (please get up from the floor and sit back on your chair. Sorry for all this.)

http://www.motorbeam.com/cars/force-...o-be-launched/

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Image courtesy: Force Gurkha Official Facebook page (Awwww....you fell down again!!??)

Sam Dinkar 3rd June 2014 09:17 PM

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Finally, some action:

Iron Rock 4th June 2014 05:31 PM

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Official Press Release on Gurkha Availability

Quote:

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORCE GURKHA SALES TO COMMENCE FROM SEPTEMBER 2014
  • Unmatched off roading capability with Differential Locks on both front and rear axles
  • Unique Sparkling Chrome Air Intake Snorkel for best in class water wading capability
  • Hard top with Air conditioning, power steering and best in class ground clearance

Pune, June 4, 2014: Force Gurkha, the much awaited Extreme Off-roader from Force Motors will be on sale from September 2014. The vehicle will be available for test drive and bookings across its Personal Vehicles Dealerships at that time.
The Gurkha is unique in many ways; it is the only vehicle that comes equipped with Differential Locks on both front and rear axles. It has a distinctive air intake “Snorkel” in sparkling chrome finish that ensures ample supply of fresh air to the engine even while water wading. With best in class ground clearance, hard top with air conditioning and power steering, one can comfortably and effortlessly negotiate extreme terrains in extreme weather.

The Gurkha is powered by the 2.6 litre Mercedes OM 616 derived turbo charged intercooled engine mated to a 5 speed synchromesh transmission and 4WD with Hi - Lo option. The crawler feature on the Gurkha enables it to climb up steep gradients without even stepping on the accelerator; its ECU senses the terrain and supplies fuel accordingly. The reinforced tubular chassis of the Gurkha enables it to withstand extreme torsional stresses the vehicle gets subjected to in off-road situations. Spring-over-Axle, distinctive to Gurkha, gives it improved clearance and off-roading capabilities.

Force Motors Managing Director, Mr. Prasan Firodia said, “The feedback received from auto experts and select group of users during test drives has helped us further fine tune the Force Gurkha into an extremely capable off roader.”
The Gurkha comes with unmatched extreme warranty of 3 year or 3, 00,000 km and is available in 3 attractive colours and 2 variants viz hard top and soft top. It will be sold through the company’s Personal Vehicles Dealership fully equipped trained technicians and ample stocks of parts. For further information please click E.O.V 4x4x4.

ABOUT FORCE MOTORS

Force Motors was established in 1958 by Shri N. K. Firodia is a fully vertically integrated automobile company, with expertise in design, development and manufacture of the full spectrum of automotive components, aggregates and vehicles. Force Motors (formerly known as Bajaj Tempo) started production of HANSEAT 3-wheelers in collaboration with Vidal & Sohn Tempo Werke Germany. The company played a pioneering role in the light commercial transport industry in India with iconic brands like the Tempo, the Matador and the Traveller.

Its range includes Trump small commercial vehicles, Trax multi-utility and cross country vehicles, Traveller light commercial vehicles and the Balwan range of Agricultural Tractors. Force Motors has recently entered into the personal vehicles arena with the launch of a genre leading sports utility vehicle, the FORCE ONE in August 2011. The Extreme Off-Roader Vehicle; Force Gurkha is the second vehicle launched under the Personal Vehicles Division.

In 1997, fully aware of the strength of Force Motors, in terms of engineering infrastructure and capabilities Daimler asked it to set up a dedicated facility for assembling and testing engines for Mercedes passenger cars to be made in India. Till date Force Motors has supplied over 42,000 engines. This business has grown to a substantial size as axles (both front and rear) of the C, E, S class passenger cars and the M and GL class SUVs made in India have also been added to the portfolio.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Force Motors

Sam Dinkar 4th June 2014 08:03 PM

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Umm, I think Force Motors just changes 2013 with 2014. The rest of the press release reads exactly the same as it did an year back.

I just hope the same doesn't apply to the Gurkha and that Force Motors have made at least some changes based on 'enthusiast' feedback. At least that front end. Please God. Please.

Iron Rock 2nd July 2014 02:45 PM

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and the news is bookings are open and its available for deliveries from September.[:)]

Latest Press release from Force Motors

Force Motors is the Title Sponsor of “The Rainforest Challenge India”

The first edition of “Force Gurkha RFC India” to be held in Goa from August 8 to 14, 2014

New Delhi, July 2, 2014: Pune-based Force Motors Ltd. today announced that the company will be the Title Sponsor of Rainforest Challenge in India, titled “Force Gurkha RFC India 2014”. Force Motors is a pioneer in the field Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) and has recently forayed into the Personal Vehicles business with Force One SUV. It will promote its Extreme Off-Roader Vehicle; Force Gurkha with the title sponsorship of this event.
Rainforest Challenge was first launched in Malaysia in 1997 and is amongst the Top Ten Toughest motor races in the world. It is a global brand with presence in seven countries; Italy, Australia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tunisia, and China. The Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 will take place in the forests of southern Goa from August 8 to 14, 2014.
The first edition of this mega motorsport event is expected to be the biggest congregation of extreme off-roading enthusiasts in India.
Force Motor’s Managing Director, Mr. Prasan Firodia said “For Force Gurkha there could have been no better synergy than this extreme off-roading event. The RFC India 2014 is a great platform for the Force Gurkha. I believe the off-roading community in India is ready for intense challenges and now has a global platform to test their mettle and raise their skill levels.”
Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 shall maintain the extreme challenging conditions seen in the original event held in Malaysia. The event will subject competitors to incessant rain, steep slippery slopes, deep ruts, gullies, flooded rivers, and landslides, all with interesting and unpredictable twists. Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 has 4 levels of increasing difficulties; Prologue, Predator, Terminator and Twilight. The participants have to complete all 30 Special Stages across a multitude of obstacles, to be declared as overall winners. However given the fact that the event is in its first year in India, the seven classes and 2 overall rankings – with one for foreign entries and another for Indian entries - have been kept flexible.

Ashish Gupta; Founder and Director Cougar Motorsport stated, “It will be interesting to see how well Indian off-roaders stand up to unpredictable jungles amidst perpetually wet conditions without losing their cool. This event paves way for the off roading in India. I am happy to also announce that the winning team in this challenge will get an automatic entry to the RFC event in Malaysia. ”

ABOUT RFC INTERNATIONAL
The Rainforest Challenge (RFC) was launched in Malaysia in 1997 as one of the world’s most demanding 4x4 extreme off-road events. Conceptualized and founded by Mr. Luis J.A. Wee, it has become an annual event held in the jungles of Malaysia during the monsoon season. Over the past decade, RFC has built a reputation as the world’s most well-known and internationally represented off-road motorsport event. RFC is listed in the top 10 Toughest Motor Races in the World. The grand success of the mother event in Malaysia led Mr. Wee to expand and introduce its global series in seven countries; Italy, Russia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tunisia, China and Australia. India is now all set to make its presence felt on the RFC Global series map from 2014 onwards.

ABOUT FORCE MOTORS
Force Motors was established in 1958 by Shri N. K. Firodia is a fully vertically integrated automobile company, with expertise in design, development and manufacture of the full spectrum of automotive components, aggregates and vehicles.

Force Motors (formerly known as Bajaj Tempo) started production of HANSEAT 3-wheelers in collaboration with Vidal & Sohn Tempo Werke Germany. The company played a pioneering role in the light commercial transport industry in India with iconic brands like the Tempo, the Matador and the Traveller.
Its range includes Trump small commercial vehicles, Trax multi-utility and cross country vehicles, Traveller light commercial vehicles and the Balwan range of Agricultural Tractors. Force Motors has recently entered into the personal vehicles arena with the launch of a genre leading sports utility vehicle, the FORCE ONE in August 2011. The Extreme Off-Roader Vehicle; Gurkha is the second vehicle to be launched under the Personal Vehicles Division.

ABOUT COUGAR MOTORSPORT PVT. LTD.
Cougar Motorsport is the India Representative of Rainforest Challenge International. Started in April 2009, Cougar Motorsport has successfully conceptualized and executed 53 events till date including off-road events for Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Tata Motors and Audi. Cougar Motorsport is a registered member of The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), which is the National Sports Federation recognized by the Government of India and also the ASN of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in India.

Sam Dinkar 2nd July 2014 03:23 PM

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[surprise]All good and well but I have a question.

If the deliveries will be in September then how can the Gurkha participate in the Rain Forest Challenge from 8-14 August:stupid:?

Meanwhile let me call up the showroom again.....

kadumedu 19th July 2014 12:52 AM

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how good the safety features of Gurkha. I read somewhere that it has crumple zones. Any hints?

Iron Rock 21st July 2014 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by kadumedu (Post 396191)
how good the safety features of Gurkha. I read somewhere that it has crumple zones. Any hints?

Its an out and out offroading vehicle which has been inherited from MB - don't expect any safety related thought going behind its design, its a pretty old design as well, its built like a patton tank underneath(i mean the tubular chassis) but that doesn't make it safe in the event of a crash. At best it has seat belts because that is mandatory [:)]

Remember this is usually a second vehicle for most with the intent of purchase being largely offroading - if you are look for safety equipment unfortunately none in this segment or at this price point have it.


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