While the Mahindra Thar continues to be one of the most iconic off-roaders in India, the all-new Gurkha is about to enter the market, and the Thar’s reign is totally threatened. And this isn’t an exaggeration, as the all-new Force Gurkha too has had its own off-roading legacy, and is another people’s favourite. With its power-packed engine, and looks that are purely rugged, if you ask us, the Gurkha actually has an edge over the Thar. So here are 7 reasons why we think the Gurkha makes sense over the Thar.
Ruggedly Handsome Looks
While the Thar tries hard to hold a place as an everyday SUV as well, the Gurkha is known for its rugged stance that speaks volumes about its off-roading capabilities. The entire theme of the vehicle is built to look aggressive, sporty and absolutely muscular. The Gurkha now gains several modern features such as LED headlamps and DRLs, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, tyre pressure monitoring system etc.
Bigger and more powerful engine
First things first, the powertrain is surely the Gurkha’s stronghold. When it comes to diesel power, the Gurkha’s engine is no match, as the off-roader comes with:
A massive 2.6 litre Mercedes derived common rail, direct injection, turbo diesel engine that makes 91 BHP, mated to a five-speed Mercedes G-28 transmission. It gets 4WD as standard with both front as well as rear locking differential.
Smarter 4×4 Capabilities
With full details of the upcoming Gurkha still not fully released, based on what we know about the previous generation, when it comes to 4×4 capabilities, the Gurkha takes the crown. This is because the 4×4 system onboard the Gurkha comes with mechanical differential lock for both axles. This means that the Gurkha can easily get out of tough situations, and has a better off-road capability overall.
Larger Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank capacity is one of least concerning factors for most when it comes to buying a vehicle in India. But for those who do not shy away from exploring roads untaken, fuel tank capacity is a crucial aspect, And with that said, a thing to note is that the Force Gurkha comes with an exceptional fuel tank capacity of 63 liters; about 6 liters more than the 57 litre capacity of Thar. Thus, by choosing the Gurkha over the Thar, you can definitely cruise more without worrying about a re-fuel.
Better Seating Layout
Another aspect that makes the Gurkha a superb vehicle is its spacious layout. No matter which variant you pick, the Gurkha offers a better and more spacious layout when compared to the Thar. The new gen Gurkha will now be offered in a 3-door avatar with captain seat layout for maximum comfort.
Supreme Ride Quality and Comfort
When we look at the previous generation of the Gurkha, the SUV is the only vehicle in its class that comes with Coil Spring Suspension for all 4 wheels. This directly translates to a better ride quality capable of taking on difficult roads and even deeper pot holes. The coil spring suspension greatly reduces even vibration and jerks, providing an overall comfortable ride and handling.
A better approach and departure angle
Even though official details have not been revealed, based on what we know about the previous generation, the Force Gurkha gets an approach angle of 44 degrees and a departure angle of 40 degrees; a figure quite higher than what’s offered on the Thar which stands at 42 and 36.8 degrees respectively. This means that not only can the Gurkha climb higher, but can also descend more than the Thar while off-roading.
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