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Old 12th February 2018, 16:46   #1
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Default Scoop! Force Gurkha facelift spotted

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A test mule of the 3-door Force Gurkha Xplorer has been spotted. This could mean that the carmaker might be planning to launch a facelifted version of the vehicle in the near future. The test mule is painted in matte black and is equipped with a snorkel. The front end is covered in heavy camouflage, which indicates that it might receive a reworked front fascia. Apart from that, it appears to be similar to the updated Gurkha, which was launched in March 2017.

Last year, Force Motors introduced a few cosmetic and mechanical updates in the Gurkha. At present, the SUV is offered in two body styles - 3-door (Xplorer) with either a soft-top or hard-top and 5, 6, and 8-seat configurations and 5-door (Xpedition) version with 7 or 9 seats. As part of the update, the Gurkha got a new steel bumper with fog lamps, new grille and tail lights. The interiors were also updated with a new steering wheel and gear lever.

The 2017 Gurkha is equipped with independent front suspension and a multi-link setup at the rear with gas-charged shock absorbers and anti-roll bars at both ends. It is powered by a 2.6-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that makes 84 BHP @ 3,200 rpm and 230 Nm of torque @ 1,400-2,400 rpm, which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and a four-wheel drive system with low range and locking differentials in the front and rear.

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Old 12th February 2018, 19:40   #2
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Oh God !!.

They had finally got the exterior looks spot on. I hope they are not going to go back to the push up bra version that used to be on sale earlier.
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As Tini has rightly said, the previous one looked really good.
But you've got to give it to Force. They just don't give up on Gurkha.
Close to nil sales and yet, they are revamping the Gurkha year after year.
I wonder what the deal is.

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PS: Just saw this pic without any camouflage https://motoroctane.com/wp-content/u...a-2018-spy.jpg
GOD! I would pick those g-wagen indicator lamps any day over these new contraptions they have replaced it with.

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We should start a Gurkha Love-Hate Club here with Tini (4x4addict) as President. Force never gives up, nor does Tini.

I have to admit, nor do I. This vehicle has so much potential, it deserves a better manufacturer. I mean - WHICH IDIOT "designed" those fender-mounted indicators? On the other hand, they finally managed to get rid of that shiny chrome snorkel with its sewage pipe joints.

Any bets that it will still be offered with the 2.6 liter 85bhp motor, and not the 2.2 140 thats been alleged for about 10 years now? Surely, they can't get everything right - proof of which are those godawful indicators...
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This is half fresh where dash board, complete front show would be changed also expect a 2.2 ltr engine with this.
This would be followed by a complete body revamp in next update.

On basis of response to this change, Trax models would be changed.

Should be out at the time of RFC
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They just don't give up on Gurkha.
Close to nil sales and yet, they are revamping the Gurkha year after year.
It's like I ask my kids every evening if they have finished the homework for the day and they tell me they have. Then next day, just before school bus time, I find unfinished homework. Same happens, with Force Motors. They finish the exteriors looks, and then every auto journo and potential buyer reminds them of the under-powered engine and totally crappy interiors. So they sell like 5 vehicles for the year and then send it back to the drawing board. Then then make one change and sell another 5 vehicles. Then back to drawing board. This cycle continues. All they need to do is to study the existing feedback from the press and the potential buyers (including your's truly) and bring out a kick-ass version and start to see some decent sales. But, we are talking about Force Right????

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We should start a Gurkha Love-Hate Club here with Tini (4x4addict) as President. Force never gives up, nor does Tini.
It is like scolding a child, because you scold them dosen't mean you don't love them

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I have to admit, nor do I. This vehicle has so much potential, it deserves a better manufacturer.
Actually it has huge potential. It is a much more comfortable and practial option to the Thar CRDe as an overall family vehicle for a young couple with say two kids. However, not the way it is made now. Just three simple changes will take it leagues above the Thar CRDe 1) Better engine, 2) Better dashboard/center console, etc, 3) Ideally Air Bags & ABS or atleast ABS to start with. With these changes and proper hard top, I would pick it any day over the Thar CRDe, even if it cost 1.5 to 2 lakhs more on the road than the Thar CRDe.

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This is half fresh where dash board, complete front show would be changed also expect a 2.2 ltr engine with this.
This *half* refresh will be the perfect version to get. Totally cool and rugged exterior looks with better dashboard and the 2.2 Merc engine.

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This would be followed by a complete body revamp in next update.
I will be totally worrried about the complete body revamp from force motors.

BTW the picture of the revised front end has been posted here:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ml#post4286498 (The 2017 Force Gurkha)

Notice the following changes:
1) Hood/Bonnet is bigger/wider/taller.
2) Fender is smaller/narrower
The above two changes are done to create more space inside the engine bay.

3) Due the smaller/narrower fenders, the snorkel intake has been pushed to the side as opposed to on top of the fender.
4) Turn Indicators are now like some pods on a space ship possibly to meet some silly CMVR regulation as there is no other Turn indicators anywhere on the front of the vehicle. Hopefully, this can be reversed the classic one. This is primarily because the front grille is wider and the headlamps had to be pushed out to the far ends and hence the space for the Turn Indicators is not gone. I suspect this is to accommodate a bigger radiator for the more powerful engine.
5) The blacked snorkel is much better than the chrome one in my opinion.
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But you've got to give it to Force. They just don't give up on Gurkha.
They dont give up on it, and neither do they give it ! Or is this their changed approach, hoping for a bigger market ?
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https://www.autocarindia.com/car-rev...t-drive-407160

This Autocar review says this is the 2018 Gurkha. But not clear what has changed from the previous edition
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