Official images and more details on the upcoming Force Gurkha 4x4 have surfaced
First showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo in Feb last year, Force is all set to launch the all-new Gurkha in the Indian market on the 27th of September. We divulge into more details..
Almost 20 months after showcasing the vehicle at the 2020 Auto Expo, Force Motors is all set to launch the all-new Gurkha for the Indian market. This is more than just a BS6 avatar of the older vehicle as a lot has been changed across various parameters. Pricing and version line up will be revealed on the 27th of September but we do have access to ample images and a lot more information.
As per images seen here, Force will initially launch the 3-door 4-seater variant of the 2021 Gurkha. This will be sold with a proper metal top as compared to fibre or soft top seen on the Mahindra Thar. Power will come from a 2.6-litre diesel putting out 91 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. Pre BS6 Gurkha used to come with a more powerful engine but that will not be offered here. The good thing is that this 2.6 engine is BS6 ready without the need of Ad Blue, hence offering lower and easier long term maintenance than the BS6 unit of the Thar. 4x4 will be standard and the engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
So while the Gurkha does not get an automatic diesel or a petrol engine, there have been massive updates over the older model. Plus, the Gurkha has a lot of one ups over the Thar. For example, it has a far more roomier cabin, a massive 500 litre boot, a functional snorkel as standard, lockable front & rear differential et al. Off the road, the Gurkha will be more capable than the Thar and for daily runs, the new model now comes with ABS, dual airbags, ISOFIX (for all 3 passenger seats), Android Auto / CarPlay, full LED headlamps, central locking etc as standard. It also gets charging outlets for all four seats and a useful tyre pressure monitoring system.
As per the company, the new Gurkha 2021 is built on a ground up modular architecture platform with an all new wider and longer body, a new crash compliant, high strength C-in-C chassis, new coil spring suspension on all four wheels fine-tuned to achieve the right balance and offer best in class ride quality on multiple surfaces. This is something the older model was also known for.
It is not clear at this stage if Force will also launch the 5-door version this year or not. If you ask us, they should get it soon as it will offer far more practicality and give it a clear edge over the Thar. The Gurkha comes with a standard warranty of 1.5 lakh km / 3 years. We are scheduled to drive the car, errr, SUV very soon - so watch this space for more!