The final production standard for the new Force Gurkha has been announced ahead of its introduction on September 27, 2021. According to the business, delivery of the SUV will begin on October 15.
The new Gurkha’s design is comparable to the previous model, as seen by the display car, however, the whole body shell is new. A redesigned front, bumpers, light clusters, bigger windows for the back passengers – dubbed “panoramic windows” by the manufacturer – and a larger rear windscreen to enhance rear visibility are among the noticeable aesthetic changes. Factory-installed hardware, such as the snorkel, is included. The redesigned dashboard, touchscreen infotainment system, and front-facing second-row captain chairs, on the other hand, provide more noticeable modifications to the cabin.
The production SUV has a few visual variations from the Auto Expo 2020 car, such as a front grille spelling out Gurkha instead of the Force Logo and 4x4x4 badging on the back fender, which the former lacked. Inside, the color scheme has changed from the dual-tone interior of the display vehicle to a single-tone dark grey.
Force Gurkha: Engine And Powertrain
When it comes to the Gurkha’s mechanical features, many of them appear to have been carried over from its predecessor. While the Gurkha’s chassis has been completely redesigned to satisfy the newest safety rules and they have used a Mercedes derived common rail 2.6-litre diesel engine to meet BS6 standards.
The engine produces 91 horsepower and 250 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 140hp 2.2-litre diesel engine from the previous Gurkha Xtreme has been dropped. The Gurkha is equipped with four-wheel drive, low range, and manual locking front and rear differentials, like previously.
The suspension setup is also unaltered, with independent double wishbones in the front and multi links in the back. However, the manufacturer claims that it has been re-tuned for better ride quality. In our review, we go through how the new Gurkha drives.
The Gurkha, according to Force, can negotiate slopes up to 35 degrees with 4WD engaged and has a wading depth of 700mm thanks to the snorkel.
Force Motors sought to add extra equipment to the Gurkha in order to make it more attractive. One such piece of equipment is the aforementioned touchscreen, which enables Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Bluetooth phone calls. Tilt and telescoping steering, individual armrests for the back seats, USB charging ports for all four people, power windows, central locking, air conditioning, LED headlights with DRLs, fog lamps, and cornering lighting are among the other comfort features.
The Gurkha conforms on the safety front with contemporary standards such as twin airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child-seat anchors and even a pneumatic pressure monitoring system
Force Gurkha: Rivals
Force Motors, like its primary competitor, the new Mahindra Thar, has worked to make the Gurkha a more lifestyle-oriented vehicle than its more utilitarian predecessor. The Gurkha will also come with a variety of extras for those who want to personalize their SUVs.