The new Gurkha will be revealed in production-spec version on September 15, 2021, following the debut at last year’s Auto Expo. The upcoming model has been teased in a series of teasers released by Force Motors as part of the build-up to its debut.
Interior and Exterior:
Despite being similar in appearance to the outgoing model with its boxy and upright look, the new Gurkha has received several changes. Besides the new body shell, the chassis has been updated to meet current safety regulations. In addition to the new LED headlamps and Daytime Running Lamps, the vehicle also features a revised grille, new bumpers, larger rear windows and a wider rear windshield. A snorkel and 4x4x4 badge will also be standard on the new Gurkha like its predecessor did.
There are also more creature comforts in the cabin, including front-facing captain seats rearward to replace side-facing bench seats from its predecessor. In addition to the jump seats in the rear, the show car also featured a pair in the front, though it’s unclear if they will be included as standard equipment. A slew of teasers shows the production version of the SUV will be matte-black finished on the dashboard and centre console, as opposed to the dual-tone interior at the Auto Expo.
In addition to the upgraded features list, Force Motors confirmed that the Gurkha will be the first SUV to feature a touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights, and individual armrests for the rear passengers as well as air conditioning. The new Gurkha will also offer a range of customisation options to Force Motors, as they attempt to boost sales of the off-roader.
Force Motors confirmed at the Auto Expo that the new Gurkha will be powered by the old 90hp, 260Nm, 2.6-litre diesel engine, upgraded to meet BS6 standards. An automatic gearbox will be included with the unit. Nevertheless, the 2.2-litre, 140hp, diesel engine that powered the outgoing Gurkha Extreme is unlikely to return.
In addition to four-wheel drive, a locking differential will be available on both the front and rear axles – operated via levers next to the driver and front passenger. There will likely be no changes to the suspension as well, which has independent double wishbones at the front, a five-link rear suspension with coil springs on each corner like the outgoing model.
The Force Gurkha will remain focused on off-roading at its core, with the added creature comforts designed to make it more appealing to lifestyle buyers. When launched, this SUV will compete with Mahindra’s second-generation Thar.