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FORCE MO­TORS has launched two new mod­els of the Gurkha se­ries, the Xplorer and Xpedi­tion, priced at `9.35 lakh and `8.13 lakh (ex-show­room, Kar­nataka) re­spec­tively. While the Xplorer comes in a new three-door guise, the Xpedi­tion on the other hand, re­tains the com­pany's five-door de­sign.

Both the Xplorer and the Xpedi­tion are pow­ered by a re­worked BS IV com­pli­ant 2.6-litre diesel en­gine, which makes 85bhp at 3200rpm and 230Nm of torque be­tween 1400rpm-2400rpm. The en­gine is mated to a new five-speed gear­box.

Apart from the me­chan­i­cal changes, the new Gurkhas sport a re­designed front grille, new front and rear steel bumpers with fog lamps, power steer­ing, a snorkel and all-terain tyres, which come as stan­dard. The other high­light on both mod­els is the sus­pen­sion. In­stead of the old leaf spring setup, the Gurkhas sport independen­t coil springs up front and multi-link coil springs at the rear.

The Xplorer, be­ing the more se­ri­ous off-roader gets a four-wheel drive with low range (Xpedi­tion is rear wheel drive) and lock­ing front and rear dif­fer­en­tials. In ad­di­tion to all that, the Xplorer comes with the op­tion of ei­ther a hard top or soft top, while the Xpedi­tion gets the op­tion of a seven- or nine-seat con­fig­u­ra­tion.L

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