Soon after Force launched Gurkha EOV (Extreme Off-road Vehicle) range in India this March, images of a modified Gurkha resembling Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen emerged, that gave us serious customization goals. Well, if you have forgotten about that, here are some fresh images of the modified Gurkha that will refresh your memories of the transformed vehicle. Interestingly, the company is working on the second conversion that is likely to be rolled out soon. Before the second outing of the modified Gurkha is introduced, have a look at its first build.
Popularly known as the Force G Wagen, the modified off-roader was transformed by Color Glo Kerela company that took five months to complete the project. While it took a long time to complete the project, the total cost for remodelling the SUV was Rs 8.5 lakh.
Based in Kochi, Color Glo Kerela is primarily a local branch of the US based car detailing firm, Color Glo International, that started operations in 1956. Having received appreciation for its modified Gurkha, the company is accepting orders for transformation.
The cost to transform the vehicle is around Rs 6.5 lakh for the swb version, whereas for the lwb version, it costs slightly more at Rs 7.13 lakh. It is to be noted that the cost for conversion is excluding the cost of a Gurkha and the time taken for one complete transformation is around 45 days.
To give an up-close experience of the G Wagen, the owner of the Color Glo Kerela had to buy a scale model for reference since the fabricator of the first build had not seen the original Merc model. Aside from the copious cosmetic job, the modified Gurkha also received some body work. That said, all the joints of the Gurkha were reinforced in a bid to remove all the vibrations and rattles.
In addition, a 6mm damping sheet along with heat insulation coating and re-coating of the plastic bits further reinforced the G-Wagen like styling. The dashboard also received leather wrapping with double seam stitching pattern giving it plusher look.
Other changes on the inside include new seats for more comfort and upmarket look. Besides enhanced visual appeal, the tweaks offer same driving experience as on an original G Wagen.
Under the hood, Gurkha retains the same engine. Interestingly, the Gurkha underpins the same platform that was used in the old Mercedes G Wagen and it uses Mercedes’ OM 616 derived 2.6-litre turbocharged inter-cooled, direct injection oil burner with 85bhp and 230Nm torque. For transmitting power to all four wheels, Gurkha uses the traditional four-wheel drive system that features high and low ratio transfer and differential locks.