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2021 Force Gurkha SUV India Launch Expected Soon

The Force Gurkha is the Indian equivalent of the original Mercedes G-Wagen – in spirit and purpose. Born during the days when function certainly overtook form in SUVs, the Gurkha pioneered the way for Indian 4x4s. Of course, the venerable first-gen Mahindra Thar was right alongside the Gurkha, though only the former attained and enjoyed glory. As more modern SUVs and crossovers entered the market, old-school charmers like the Force Gurkha were practically unseen by most buyers. It was only when Mahindra announced its intention to bring the Thar back in an all-new avatar, did Indian car buyers began to take notice. Smartly enough, Force Motors also revealed that it was too working on an all-new Gurkha.

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2021 Force Gurkha
The 2021 Gurkha features new headlamps with LED running lights

Much like the new Thar, the upcoming 2021 Force Gurkha will hold its eternal boxy design dear to its heart. However, to appease buyers of this era and to ensure that sales don’t fall off a cliff, the 2021 Gurkha will have some new features. As showcased earlier at the 2020 Auto Expo, much of the design remains unchanged. This is still a boxy, ladder-body SUV with the aerodynamic properties of a water tanker.

2021 Force Gurkha rear

But then you also have some new styling elements to add some much-needed visual drama. The Gurkha now gets LED DRLs as a part of its round headlamps, a painted front grille, and a revised front bumper. Other exterior design features include new 16-inch alloy wheels, exposed rain gutters, revised tail lamps, door-mounted spare wheel, and a rear ladder.

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2021 Force Gurkha interior
The 2021 Gurkha will have a better interior than its predecessor’s

Once you step inside the 2021 Force Gurkha, chances are that you might not be too impressed by all that you see. Yes, this is supposed to be rugged, no-nonsense 4×4 that can tackle any type of terrain and abuse you throw at it. However, that doesn’t mean the interior should possess the quality and materials found in some cars from two decades ago. If you look at some of the interior spy shots of the upcoming Gurkha, you will know what I mean. But what we can be certain of, is the fact that the overall quality should be better than in the previous-gen Gurkha. And to liven-up the all-black interior, Force has installed a fancy new touchscreen infotainment system to the 2021 Gurkha.

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2020 Mahindra Thar interior
The interior of the new Thar is far better than that of the new Gurkha

The upcoming Gurkha will also sport glossy black finish on some surfaces, whilst the circular air vents are new, too. Meanwhile, the vertical layout of the dashboard and center control stack are reminiscent of the old Gurkha and other similarly old SUVs. But the steering wheel is new, and so is the small digital driver’s information screen in the instrument cluster. The 2021 Force Gurkha will come with front power windows, manual air-conditioning, and seating for up to seven occupants.

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2020 Force Gurkha Spied Sans Camouflage, Launch Soon
The new Gurkha should be just as capable off-road as the old one

Unfortunately, the rear-most seats of the Gurkha are still side-facing units, so they won’t lead to this SUV sporting a good crash safety rating. As for its safety features, the upcoming Gurkha will likely not be as well-equipped as the new Thar. It should still get rear parking sensors, front seatbelts with force limiters, ABS with EBD and a driver’s airbag, at a minimum.

2020 Mahindra Thar front three quarter
The new Thar is the safer SUV between the two

The 2021 Force Gurkha will come with BS6-compliant 2.6-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that makes 89hp and 260Nm of torque. This old-school motor will come paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox along with a manually-operated four-wheel-drive system and locking differentials. It may not be as tech-savvy as the new-gen Thar, but the 2021 Force Gurkha will still go almost anywhere.

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