Force Gurkha 5 door will become the first made-in-India hardcore offroader with 5 doors and a hard top
Force Gurkha 5 door version has been spotted undisguised by MotorBeamer @gear_shift ahead of launch in India. It will soon become the first made-in-India hardcore offroader with 5 doors and a hard top.
A couple of months back, when the iconic British maker, Land Rover, unveiled its Defender 130 offroader with 8 seats, it said the SUV will help people in groups enjoy epic all-terrain adventures together as such shared explorations are becoming popular across the globe.
Now, our desi manufacturer, Force, is all set to fulfil that very same longing that too for a desi price tag. Also, this development has come at a time when Mahindra and Maruti Suzuki are still developing the 5 door versions of their Thar and Jimny respectively with no launch in sight at least this year.
Coming to the looks, the 5 door Gurkha looks no way like the ugly Trax commercial vehicle that has disproportionate looks. The windows are of the same size and the attention to detail is good although minimal. Even Force has thoughtfully designed the water channel.
While visually nothing is different from the existing short wheelbase Gurkha, the new good looking diamond-cut dual-tone alloy wheels are 18 inchers sporting 255/65 tyres. The regular Gurkha makes to do with smaller 245/70-R16 tyres.
The upcoming 5 door Gurkha will get a slightly higher ground clearance and third row side facing seats. The engine might see a tweak in its tune and is likely to generate more power and torque.
In the current short wheelbase avatar, the Gurkha’s FM 2.6 CR CD BS VI 4-cylinder diesel engine churns out 91 HP at 3200 RPM and 250 Nm between 1400 and 2400 RPM. It’s mated to a 5-speed synchromesh gearbox.
While there’s live independent axle at the front, the rear gets live rigid axle. Both the axles get manual differential locks. The front gets independent double wishbone with coil spring suspension while the rear gets multi-link with pan hard rod and coil springs.