After making its debut at the Auto Expo 2020, the new Force Gurkha is all set to be launched for the Indian customers. It was scheduled for a launch in mid-2020 but couldn’t because of the pandemic. The new Gurkha is based on an updated ladder frame chassis and is said to meet new safety norms.
New Force Gurkha: Fresh Details
The new Force Gurkha retains the boxy shape on the exterior but is expected to get new bumpers, headlights with LED DRLs, revised taillamps and a new front grille. And in the same vein as the outgoing model, the new Gurkha will be offered in three and five door forms, with four-wheel and two-wheel drive versions available. It is based on a new ladder frame chassis and the suspension will comprise of independent front double-wishbone and a five-link, rigid-axle rear arrangement, with coil springs all around. The four-wheel drive versions will also feature low range, with front and rear axle differential locks.
The Gurkha is expected to have an interior re-design with some new additions inside the cabin to make it feel premium. The dashboard is set to have a dual-tone design with a touchscreen infotainment display, a new instrument cluster and a digital multi-information display. Staying true to the safety norms, the new Gurkha is also expected to come equipped with tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering, dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors and power windows. In the seating department, the cabin will feature four forward-facing seats – two individual seats in the second row – with a pair of jump seats in the boot section.
Powertrain of the New Force Gurkha
The new Force Gurkha is expected to use the Mercedes derived 2.6-litre diesel motor which produces 90 bhp and 260 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. However, the outgoing Gurkha Extreme’s 140hp, 2.2-litre diesel engine is unlikely to return with the new Gurkha.
The new Force Gurkha was expected to be launched around mid-2020 but was delayed, thanks to the pandemic. Moreover, the Force Traveller Ambulance was in huge demand which led to a slow down in the production process of the Gurkha.
It is expected to be launched in the coming months within a price bracket of around Rs 10-12 lakhs (ex-showroom). It will be pitted against other ladder-frame based off-roaders like the new Mahindra Thar and the upcoming 5-door Suzuki Jimny.