There are talks in the town that the bad boy is back. Yes! Bad boy Gurkha is all set to benchmark yet again the new iteration of 4×4 capabilities and wanderlusts, filled with extreme adventure. After multiple teasers and spy shots across the internet, Force has officially unveiled the new generation Gurkha in its final production ready form. The SUV is set to go on sale later next month and its prices will be announced on 27th Sep 2021, while deliveries will start on Dusshera Day(15th Oct 2021)
What to expect or not?
The last generation Gurkha used to come with 2 engine configurations: 2.2-litre diesel and 2.6-litre diesel both derived from Mercedes-Benz OM611 family. After the new emission norms and safety standard updates in 2019, Force was left with no options than to update as well as upgrade its outgoing Gurkha. The all new Force Gurkha is coming with only one engine option that is a 2.6ltr turbocharged diesel engine, producing [email protected] and 260 [email protected] of torque. This BS6 compliant engine is mated to the same Old Mercedes sourced 5-speed Manual Gearbox.
Updated exterior design
For starters, Force has retained the rugged exterior of the previous-gen Force Gurkha. It still looks completely inspired from Merc G-wagon. Exterior update includes chunky front and rear bumpers accompanied by flared wheel arches covered with black cladding, a clamshell bonnet and a boxy silhouette in profile. This time wheels are newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels with thick profile tyres. The front grill has been updated and redesigned with big chunky GURKHA embossed to it. The grille is fitted with retro style round headlight which come with the bi-LED lightings and integrated circular LED DRLs.
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The rear end of the SUV remains the same as the old one flat tailgate with a spare wheel mounted on it. The redesigned taillamps are now vertically oriented just like G-wagon. Other styling highlights include black ORVMs, roof mounted luggage carrier and a ladder on the tailgate.
Updated Force Gurkha Interior
The major updates that can be seen in the New Force Gurkha are inside the cabin. The most applaudable change is in the seating pattern and the seats, which consists of front facing rear seats, which can be easily accessed from the rear door. Then the latest addition of 7inch Kenwood infotainment unit all supported with Android auto and Apple carplay, power windows, twin cup holder at center console and much more. The seats fitted are also very comfortable and ergonomic for long rides. There is plenty of head room and leg room in both the front and back row. Not to miss, the company has maintained the utilitarian feel of the Gurkha DNA.
It has a host of convenience and safety features offered for the first time on Gurkha like steering column with tilt and telescopic adjustment, central locking, speed sensing door locks, rear parking sensor, rear door with wiper, tyre pressure monitoring system, cornering lamps, lead me home and lead me to Gurkha like features.
Mr. Prasan Firodia, Managing Director , Force Motors said, “Aligning with the changing customer expectations and aspirations, we have designed and developed the All-New Gurkha on a ground up, modular architecture platform and are confident that we shall now be able to appeal to a much wider audience who wish to own a vehicle that is suitable for both daily commute as well as adventure trips.”
The prices are to be announced later in the next month. With a market like India which has a huge following to the Mahindra’s off-roader, the mighty Thar. If priced right then this time New Force Gurkha could be the game changer for Force Motors. Well! Speculation is high in the market that Gurkha is going to be back with aggressively competitive pricing. It yet to be seen if it starts under Rs 10 Lakh ex-showroom or not.