2020 Mahindra Thar-Rival New-gen Force Gurkha To Launch By Diwali
The new generation Gurkha was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020
It now gets a new chassis and top hat while retaining the essence of the Gurkha name.
The new Force Gurkha will be powered by a 90PS 2.6-litre diesel engine paired with a 5-speed MT.
It retains its off-roading credentials but gets some design changes.
It was set for a July launch date but was postponed due to the global pandemic.
Force Motor’s lineup at the Auto Expo 2020 got us our first look at the new Gurkha. Since then, it has stayed out of the spotlight, until now. The next-gen Force Gurkha is likely to hit the market as soon as October during the festive season.
Set for a July launch earlier, plans to launch the off-roader were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now with things settling down and the world adjusting to a new normal, Force Motors will execute those plans despite the delay. The launch of the new-gen Mahindra Thar that is set for October 2 could have spurred Force to take the plunge as well.
We saw the new Gurkha showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 for the first time. It gets some cosmetic changes, which include new optional LED headlights, redesigned front grille and updated bumper up front as well as the rear. The Force Gurkha’s boxy body stands on 245/70 R16-inch alloy wheels. That’s smaller than rival Thar’s massive 255/65 R18.
Under the hood, the Gurkha will be powered by a 2.6-litre diesel engine that puts out 90PS. The 4-seater’s engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a low-range transfer case. The Gurkha continues to offer an independent suspension setup up front with a rigid-axle rear arrangement.
While the new Gurkha gets a little blingy as opposed to its barebones predecessor, it will still focus on its off-roading credentials, choosing utility over luxury. It is expected to be priced from Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 13.3 lakh. One of its key competitors will be the upcoming Mahindra Thar which is set for an October 2 launch.
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