2021 Force Gurkha Launched -Priced At INR 13.59 Lakh
The much-anticipated Force Gurkha has finally arrived in India, priced at Rs 13.59 lakh (ex-showroom). The redesigned Gurkha was initially seen at the 2020 Auto Show, with Force showing the production-spec model only recently. Bookings for the new off-roader have officially begun, and deliveries will begin on October 15, according to Force.
Despite the fact that the entire body shell is new, the 2021 Force Gurkha looks similar to the old model in many aspects. Although there are some significant differences from the previous model, such as the revised grille, bumpers, light clusters, wider back windows, which Force refers to as “panoramic windows,” and a larger rear windshield, there are some crucial differences.
There are a few design differences from the model presented at the Auto Expo, such as the front grille spelling out ‘Gurkha’ rather than the Force Logo, and a new 4x4x4 emblem on the rear fender that the previous model lacked.
When you get inside, you’ll see that the dual-tone cabin from the Auto Expo demonstration car has been replaced with a single-tone dark grey. The new dashboard design, though, is still evident. A variety of new features, like a new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth support, have been introduced to enhance the new Gurkha’s attractiveness.This is in addition to standard features such as tilt and telescopic steering, individual rear seat armrests, USB charging ports for all four people, power windows, central locking, air conditioning, LED headlights with DRLs, fog lamps, and cornering lamps. The Gurkha even comes with a snorkel as standard equipment.
With dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and even a tire pressure monitoring system, the Gurkha conforms with all contemporary safety laws. Although the back seats are front-facing captain seats, they only have a lap-style seat belt.
An updated version of the original model’s 2.6-liter diesel engine with 91hp and 250Nm powers the 2021 Force Gurkha This engine is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission, with no option for an automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the 140hp, 2.2-liter diesel engine from the Gurkha Xtreme has been deleted from the lineup. The 2021 Force Gurkha has a four-wheel drive with low range and manual locking front and rear differentials, just like the old one.
Although the suspension setup is the same as the previous model, Force claims that it has been returned for better ride quality. Due to the snorkel, the 2021 Force Gurkha can climb slopes up to 35 degrees and has a wading depth of 700mm, according to Force.
The new Mahindra Thar is the Force Gurkha’s only true rival. Both off-roaders have recently got significant upgrades aimed at making them more desirable as lifestyle cars rather than no-frills off-roaders like their predecessors.