The tug of war saga continues as more and more vehicles of the same segment compete to prove their capabilities. This is a special because Thar has only one direct rival in the market, the Gurkha.
Here is a cool video of a tug of war between the Force Gurkha and Mahindra Thar. Both these are the perfect lifestyle off-roading machines that people have begun to like. Thar brought out people’s love for such vehicles when it was launched in its current avatar last year. Having no real competition in the Indian market, it garnered so many bookings that it is still in the process of fulfilling demand. The Force Gurkha was launched recently and offered the customer a worthy competitor. However, it focuses more on the off-roading aspect rather than luxury. But how capable are these two, let us find out?
Gurkha vs Thar – Tug of War
This tug of war between Force Gurkha and Mahindra Thar will show you the true off-road worthiness of both these SUVs. The competition is set against the lovely backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. The YouTuber is the owner of the latest Gurkha. The first half of the video shows how to drive on snow and ice. In the second half, the tug of war begins. In 4×2 mode, both the cars were stationary and there was no clear winner. However, with 4×4 engaged, the Gurkha was able to pull the Thar. To maintain consistency in results, the drivers were swapped. However, the results remained the same with Gurkha trouncing the Thar. This proves the capability of the Gurkha despite lower power and torque output.
The Gurkha comes with a BS6 compliant 2.6-litre diesel engine that outputs 91 hp and 250 Nm of peak power and torque. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. IT costs Rs 13.59 lakh, ex-showroom. On the other hand, the Thar comes with 2 engine options, a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a 2-litre turbo-petrol. The oil-burner makes 130 PS/320 Nm of peak figures while the petrol makes 150 PS/320 Nm of max figures. Transmission options for both the powertrains are a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with a low range box. The Thar ranges between Rs 12.78 lakh and Rs 15.08 lakh, ex-showroom. Both these SUVs have 4×4 drive systems.