Recently, the new-gen 2020 Force Gurkha has been spotted testing, revealing its new bodyshell.
The next-gen Force Gurkha has entered its road-testing phase with the test mule being spied in the suburbs of Pune recently. Despite being heavily camouflaged, the test mule reveals some important information on the new model.
Firstly, the vehicle appears to come with a brand-new bodyshell, which has been developed to comply with the upcoming crash test standards which will come to effect from the beginning of next month. While the overall body gets a quite similar shape, if you look closer, you can realize the redesigned portion towards the front doors, including a single window which will substitute the two-panel unit on the current model. Moreover, the new Force Gurkha is also likely to receive a new exterior design which will bear a strong resemblance to the first-gen model’s retro design.
The new Force Gurkha has been recently spied on Indian roads.
The new Gurkha is also expected to be equipped with more comfort features than its predecessor. This will help increase the vehicle’s competitiveness against the new Mahindra Thar, which is anticipated to be more well-equipped than the outgoing model.
The new-gen Gurkha will also borrow the same architecture from the Gurkha Xtreme which gives it a low-range transfer case, a multi-like suspension setup and other off-road gear. The new Gurkha is going to keep under its hood an upgraded 2.2-litre oil burner, which is actually sourced from Mercedes-Benz and currently delivers 140 HP. The motor which Force Motors will use as the power source for the new Gurkha is expected to be a larger but less powerful unit: a 2.5-litre diesel motor which can produce 85 HP. This engine will comply with the BS-VI emission standards which will take effect on April 1, 2020.
The new Gurkha is going into production in around December 2019. Therefore, we can expect its introduction at the Auto Expo 2020, besides its major rival, the new-gen Mahindra Thar.