The lifestyle off-roading segment has been popularized by Mahindra Thar ever since its launch earlier. This segment saw great sales on the back of the new Thar. As a matter of fact, Mahindra is still struggling to keep up with the demand for the SUV. Following that, Isuzu also launched its V-Cross off-roading focused SUV to grab some market share for itself. Now, Force has also hinted at the possible launch of its off-roading product, the Gurkha. The Gurkha was showcased at the Auto Expo last year and received decent attention from the customers. Finally, the production-spec Gurkha images were leaked earlier and we can safely assume the launch of Gurkha sometime soon. Let us discuss what to expect from the upcoming off-roading SUV.
2021 Force Gurkha – Expected Exteriors
The exteriors of the Gurkha are expected to be bold and sturdy to stand the harsh environments it is designed to operate in. The exterior of the Gurkha look rugged and tough, the overall SUV looks very upright and aggressive, there are a few modern bits as well with rounded headlamps with DLRs, tough bumper, practical front end with high approach angle, traditional turn indicators on the bonnet, Force logo at the centre of the front grille. The sides will feature large and chunky wheel arches and high-profile off-roading-oriented tyres. The ladder-frame chassis will ensure a decent off-roading experience. The overall appearance reeks of sturdy and tough looks which can take on any terrain.
2021 Force Gurkha – Expected Interiors, Features and Prices
Focussed primarily on the toughness and ruggedness and catered to the off-roading enthusiasts, the Gurkha can not be expected to have a long list of comfort and conveniences features. However, all the basic modern equipment and cabin design are likely to be offered. There might be a dual-tone theme inside the cabin which gives Gurkha some character and excitement. This updated model might see a number of features including a digital touchscreen in the centre console, a redesigned dashboard, a new instrument cluster and a 4-seat and 3-door setup. It will be interesting to see if Force comes up with a 5-door arrangement for the Gurkha, following the success of the Mahindra Thar, which was launched recently.
2021 Force Gurkha – Expected Engines, Off-Road Equipment & Prices
The 2021 Gurkha will likely be offered with a BS6 compliant 2.6-litre diesel engine making 90 hp. This engine will most likely be mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. We might also see the more powerful 2.2-litre engine, like in the outgoing model, which is good for 140 hp and 321 Nm. There might be options of 2WD or 4WD drive systems. Of course, there will be 4×4 equipment like the differential-lock, suitable suspension system, high approach, departure and break-over angles and drive modes to make sure you never lose traction or bottom out. The expected prices of the 2021 Force Gurkha might be in the region of Rs 9 lakh to Rs 12 lakh, ex-showroom to undercut the Mahindra Thar. The launch is expected to be soon and will rival the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny along with Mahindra Thar and Isuzu V-Cross.
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