Force Motors India will introduce the all-new Force Gurkha into the Indian market in June 2020. The updated SUV had recently made its public debut at the Auto Expo 2020.
Force Motors India will reportedly introduce the 2020 Gurkha in the Indian market in June 2020. What this means is that the updated SUV, which recently made its public debut at the Auto Expo 2020, would launch within days of the introduction of the second generation Mahindra Thar. It's noteworthy here that while the Gurkha and the Thar has been arch rivals, it's only the latter that enjoys a high popularity.
Outside, the new Gurkha looks quite similar to the ongoing model, but the carmaker has made subtle changes to the styling. While inside, the SUV now features powered windows along with a touchscreen infotainment system. Moreover, the carmaker has also made some significant mechanical updates on the SUV. The off-roader now gets a new ladder-frame chassis and coil springs all around. The company has made these updates to change Gurkha’s image from being a practical off-roader to a more sensible everyday car.
The all-new Force Gurkha derives power from a BS6-compliant, 2.6-litre oil burner, which churns out 90 bhp of peak power. The diesel motor is paired with a four-wheel-drive system and lockable differentials. We expect Force to introduce a more powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine in the near future. Moreover, the carmaker has also said that they’ve plans to introduce a two-wheel-drive variant along with more body configurations and multiple wheelbase options for Gurkha. One launched, the all-new Force Gurkha will compete with the likes of new-gen Mahindra Thar, which is slated to hit the Indian market around the same time and Suzuki Jimny, which is expected to launch by next year.
The diesel motor is paired with a four-wheel-drive system and lockable differentials
The new-gen Thar will ride on an all-new platform and will be powered by a new diesel motor. It will retain its classic looks but will look freher and more upmarket due to the design overhaul. On the other hand, the India-spec Suzuki Jimny will have a five-door format instead of the 3-door layout of the international version. Also, it could become the most affordable 4*4 vehicle in the country. The SUV will derive power from a 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirate petrol mill that produces 102 PS of peak power and 130 Nm of twisting force. The same engine option is also offered with Maruti Brezza facelift and Ciaz. Transmission duties will be done by a 5-speed MT and a 4-speed AT. One can expect the carmaker to offer Jimny with All-Grip part-time-4-Wheel-Drive-System for better off-roading.