A final production specification of the new Gurkha is unveiled ahead of its launch on September 27, 2021. The SUV will be delivered starting on October 15, according to the company.
In terms of design, the new Gurkha is very similar to the previous one, despite its entire body shell is new. The styling changes include a new grille, bumpers, light clusters, and larger windows for the rear passengers – called panoramic windows by the company – as well as an improved rear windshield. The snorkel, for instance, comes built-in as standard equipment. There are more noticeable changes to the cabin, including the new dashboard, touchscreen, and front-facing captain seats.
The production SUV differs from the car at the Auto Expo 2020 in a few cosmetic ways, including the Gurkha nameplate and 4x4x4 badging on the rear fender, which was previously missing. Meanwhile, the interior has been darkened to one colour, instead of the two tones in the show car.
The Gurkha appears to inherit many mechanical features from its predecessor. The company has upgraded the old 2.6-litre diesel engine to meet BS6 regulations, while completely replacing the chassis to comply with the latest safety regulations. It produces 91 horsepower and 250 Nm, and it’s coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. There is no longer a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produced 140 horsepower for the Gurkha Xtreme. The Gurkha also gets manual locking differentials in both front and rear and four-wheel drive.
It also features an unchanged suspension set-up, with independent double wishbones in the front and a multilink setup in the rear. However, the company says that it has been retuned for improved ride quality. According to the Pentagon, the Gurkha can go down slopes up to 35 degrees when 4WD is engaged and can wade 700mm deep because of its snorkel.
Force Motors attempted to enhance the Gurkha by adding some extra equipment. Among these pieces of kit is the aforementioned touchscreen, which comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Bluetooth functionality. Additional comfort features include steering with tilt and telescoping adjustment, individual armrests for the rear seats, USB ports for all four occupants, power windows, central locking, air conditioning, and LED headlamps with DRLs, fog lamps, and cornering lamps.
The Gurkha meets the current safety regulations with dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and even tyre pressure monitoring.
The Gurkha is more lifestyle-oriented than its predecessor, so Force Motors is following the lead of its chief rival, the Mahindra Thar. Gurkha owners who would like their SUVs to be customized will also be able to select from an array of accessories.