This off-roading competition between the Maruti Jimny and Force Gurkha is quite interesting. The Jimny is a globally recognized SUV with a history spanning decades across international markets. Maruti has introduced its 5-door version on a global scale in India. This move is in response to the preferences of Indian customers, who prioritize practicality and value-for-money offerings. On the other hand, the Gurkha is one of the most capable barebones off-roaders in the market. It has been around for years now. There is also a 5-door version of the Gurkha about to launch soon. For now, let us compare the performances of the two in this latest adventure.
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Maruti Jimny vs Force Gurkha
This video comes from Small Town Rider on YouTube. The vlogger even has a Mahindra Thar and Scorpio in this video. However, we shall concentrate on the Jimny and Gurkha for this post. Firstly, the SUVs drive over uneven surfaces, testing the traction and wheel articulation. The Jimny was struggling a bit in the 4×2 iteration as its rear tyre was in the air. But as soon as the 4×4 was engaged, it came out of the predicament quite effortlessly. The Gurkha was also able to complete this task easily. Then came a steep incline over rocks. The Jimny hit the underbelly once it reached the top but there were no issues as such. However, the Gurkha aced this challenge with flying colours. Finally, they organized a hill descent exercise. In all the activities, both vehicles performed exceptionally well, confirming why they are so popular.
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The Ford Gurkha comes with a 2.6-litre diesel unit derived from Mercedes, capable of producing 91 hp and 250 Nm of peak power and torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and incorporates a 4×4 drivetrain, highlighting its off-road capabilities. On the other hand, the Jimny has a 1.5-litre petrol engine which generates a decent 103 hp and 134 Nm of peak power and torque. This engine pairs with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. It comes with the ALLGRIP PRO 4×4 configuration with a low-range transfer case and a locking differential.
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It cannot be stressed enough that participating in this activity is extremely unwise. Off-roading SUVs are designed to take their owners to remote destinations, but that doesn’t excuse mistreatment. Purposely exposing these SUVs to challenging situations is an invitation to trouble, making mishaps more likely. We see the SUVs hitting the surface on many occasions. There could easily be heavy damage to critical components. We strongly advise against taking personal vehicles into such hazardous conditions.
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