The 2021 Force Gurkha has been launched in India. The off-road SUV starts at a base price of 13.59 lakhs; the price range is about 1 lakh more than its biggest competitor Mahindra Thar. The SUV can be booked at a minimal cost of 25,000. However, delivery will only begin closer to Dussera.
A Sturdy Look
The Gurkha is an outdoor SUV meant to be taken seriously, and this shows in its design; this boxy, tough SUV design has no room for frills and fancy. The Gurkha comes in 5 colours, red, green, white, orange and grey. The single-slat grille with Gurkha branding, shark grille fenders, Khukri details on the mirror and the signature snorkel add to the rugged architecture. LED headlamps and the circular DRL give the car a vintage vibe. The Gurkha measures 4116 mm in length, 1812 mm in width, 2075 mm in height, and has a ground clearance of 2400 mm. The car has 16inch wheels, with an extra wheel on the back for those extra-rugged roads.
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The Gurkha has a 4 wheel drive system and a BS6 compliant 2.6l diesel engine sourced from Mercedes Benz to power it through tough terrain. The engine gives 91bhp and has a peak torque of 250. The SUV has a 5-speed Mercedes manual transmission.
The Gurkha can wade through up to 700mm water and ease through the slippery ground, muddy stretches, and climb steep slopes up to 35-degree. The low gear ratio is an advantage in these situations.
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Since the Gurkha is made to navigate difficult terrain, it comes with a host of built-in safety features. The Gurkha has dual airbags, ABS and EBD, rear parking sensors, a cornering lamp, a lane change indicator, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Force has tied up with Auto Europa India for roadside assistance. Auto Europa has 6,200 touchpoints across India for service.
The Force Gurkha 2021 cabin comes in midnight black and dark grey themes, which give the SUV a premium look. Force has decided to go with captain seats for the back seat as well. The car comes with 3900lt cabin space with 500lt luggage space. The 7.0 Kenwood infotainment system is a real upgrade for the Gurkha.
Force will be competing with the Mahindra Thar, and the steeper price may deter its customer base.
However, here are some reasons why the steeper price may be justified: 10 Reasons Why The Force Gurkha Is Better Than The Mahindra Thar.