Elsewhere I read people criticize Gurkha for not having BS4 engine. But what I feel more important is to add more refinement to the interior to give car like feel and Safety features atleast as options.
1) NVH level is good still scope is there for improvement for VH. Noise level is well controlled. Engine noise is filtered well inside the car. I pushed Gas to run at more than 3RPM still I didn't hear as noisy as disturbing. It is only when triggering the Engine one would hear it is Diesel Engine. The cacophony momentarily audible and vanishes then and become well refined.
2) AC is good. AC comes with conventional controls and is practical. Condenser comes with a cooling fan now.
3) Underbody guard seems more rigid
4) Tacho meter is placed at visible area.
5) Plastic quality and Interior is improved but not as expected
6) Gear sifting is butter like in a car, not exactly but still the difference is not much.
7) Body roll is not present.
8) Steering Wheel is practical and ergonomic.
9) Dash is decent. Thermostat control button added.
- The break is soft meant for off roadablity. I believe this can be adjusted as per our road needs.
- Safety belt is strap type (not auto lock when it is suddenly pulled. not sure about front but rear is like this).
- Uneven panel gaps but uniform across all the Gurkhas (example the front right Lamp has more gap than left side).
- Collapsible Steering wheel should be given.
- Improvement to the poor plastic quality. atleast the steering.
- More Back seat thigh support
- Cover/Makeup uncovered metal areas inside cabin example the Driver seat rails.
- To give proper Service to this vehicle. Basically they have to understand this vehicle first. The guy standing next to red Gurkha in the photo told me something like front differential lock will transfer power from rear to front. What I understood is he is not aware of Gurkha functions. Whereas the sales manager and another technician were good at Gurkha.
- Vibration is well controlled but still it has scope for improvement.
- Immobilizer has to be there.
- Tacho meter should be placed in Instrument cluster
- Silencer should come in back not in the side, causing damage during off roading.
- Instead of Single jet for water spray it should be double
- Head lamps are not powerful
Gurkha is improved and impressed me. But there seems a conflict in expectation between the target segment and Force management. Force thinks Gurkha as a pure blue off roader, whereas people prefer this vehicle as VFM
hybrid car which can be used both On and Off road.
Wednesday I went for a solar water pump site visit (attached Photo). Due to rains it is muddy and I have to park the Swift a KM away and had to walk in the mud bare foot. There I realized the need for Gurkha. This is not the first time I face this. Most of our projects come in these kind of road less areas.