Force Motors has officially unveiled the new generation Gurkha in its final production-spec form. The prices will be announced on 27th Sep 2021, while deliveries will start on Dusshera Day (15th Oct 2021).
The new Gurkha’s design is similar to the outgoing model though the entire body shell is new. Noticeable styling changes include a new grille, bumpers, light clusters, larger windows for the rear passengers – the company calls them panoramic windows – and a larger rear windshield to aid rear visibility. Hardware such as the snorkel comes fitted as standard from the factory.
The rear end of the SUV gets a flat tailgate with a spare wheel mounted on it. The redesigned taillamps are now vertically oriented. Other styling highlights include black ORVMs, a roof-mounted luggage carrier and a ladder on the tailgate, the latter two are most likely to be offered as accessories.
The cabin though gets more notable changes with the new dashboard, touchscreen infotainment system and front facing second row captain seats. The company has maintained the utilitarian feel of the old Gurkha intact inside the cabin of the new model as well. It offers best in class leg room, head room and elbow room plus over 500 litres of boot space.
The chassis of the new Gurkha comply with the latest safety regulations. The company has upgraded the old 2.6-litre diesel to meet BS6 regulations. The unit puts out 91hp and 250Nm and is paired with a 5-pseed manual gearbox. The erstwhile Gurkha Xtreme’s 140hp 2.2-litre diesel has been dropped. As before the Gurkha gets four-wheel drive with low range and manual locking front and rear differentials. A lot of mechanicals seem to have been carried over from its predecessor.
Suspension set-up comes with independent double wishbones up front and multilink set-up at the rear. The company though says that it has been retuned for improved ride quality. Force claims that the Gurkha can navigate slopes with a grade of up to 35 degrees with 4WD engaged and has a wading depth of 700mm, courtesy of the snorkel.
On the safety front the Gurkha complies with the current regulations with dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors and even a tyre pressure monitoring system.
All new Gurkha will be available in five colours red, orange, green, grey and white. The price announcement shall be made in the last week of September post which dealers shall start taking bookings. The vehicles are expected to reach the dealerships in the first week of October and the first deliveries to customers are planned on Dussehra day. Initially the All-new Gurkha will be available at select locations in the key markets. Thereafter, the footprint shall be expanded in a phased manner. The Gurkha 2021 comes with category best warranty of 1.5 lakh km/3 year and 4 free services.