Power Motors has published the most contemporary version of the Gurkha, and it bears greater than a passing resemblance to older variations of the G-Class
As soon as upon a time, the Mercedes G-Wagen used to be all about utility. First and predominant designed as a troop carrier, it used to be all about transporting stuff from one suppose to 1 other on the opposite hand negative the terrain might seemingly seemingly be between aspects A and B. This day, though, the most risky job the recent G-Class might seemingly additionally be anticipated to be tasked with is fetching a sizzling flat white from an artisanal Kensington coffee store.
The off-avenue skill is peaceable there, nonetheless the stylish G is so costly, the workhorse doable is gone. We old to be able to rely on the Suzuki Jimny to fulfil the budget G-Class role, nonetheless you seemingly can simplest clutch the two-seater industrial version in the UK now, and with demand on the moment outstripping supply by a component of 10, getting one is much less complicated said than done. Nevertheless, must you live in India, there’s an risk C – the Power Gurkha.
‘Power Motors’ obtained’t mean mighty to the frequent western reader, nonetheless the firm is a tall deal in India, the put it’s the biggest van manufacturer. The recent Gurkha, mighty love the last one, bears greater than a passing resemblance to older variations of the G-Wagen (and must you focal level on that likeness is blatant, strive Googling ‘Power Trax’). It even has a Mercedes engine – a 2.6-litre OM616 inline-five diesel.
This diesel lump dates abet to the early 1980s, nonetheless it’s been broadly upgraded to satisfy the Indian authorities’s recent BS6 emissions principles. It develops a modest 90bhp and 184lb ft of torque and drives all wheels via a five-urge handbook gearbox.
Beneath the boxy physique is a ladder chassis plus independently locking entrance and rear differentials. The draw, departure and breakaway angles are 37, 33 and 25 levels respectively. India’s safety regulations aren’t the toughest, so safety tools is cramped to ABS and entrance airbags.
Probabilities are you’ll probably need it in an see-popping coloration of yellow said to be impressed by the G63 Coloration Model, whereas on the dealer, the Gurkha gets a snorkel, roof carrier and ladder to develop obvious it looks to be the proportion. Interior, there’s a frequent cabin with heaps of of uncovered metalwork, a handbook air con plot and an off-the-shelf Kenwood infotainment plot with Apple Automobile Play and Android Auto.
It’s now not going to be one thing else love as refined as a G-Class (and even the Jimny), nonetheless fixed with evo India’s evaluate, it’s severely nicer to drive on avenue than the automobile it replaces. Off-avenue and in 4-low, the Gurkha is described as being “unstoppable”.
Pricing hasn’t been published, nonetheless it’s anticipated to cost spherical 13 Lakh, which is factual below £13,000. In diversified words, about eight times much less costly than the most cost-effective G-Class.