Force has tried to attract a lot of attention at this Auto Expo. Force presented a customized Gurkha which became centre of attention as well as received appreciation. The customized Force Gurkha compelled the viewers to go on an offroad adventure, which was quite mesmerizing. Force Motors revealed its new Gurkha at the Auto Expo 2020, ahead of its launch. The new Force Gurkha receives a new chassis and bodyshell to comply with present crash-test standards as well as the upcoming pedestrian safety norms. The Force Gurkha will also be updated with BS6 norms.
The Force Gurkha comes with both internal as well as external changes. The Gurkha retains the boxy and muscular look. On the outside, even though the Gurkha retains its upright retro look, there are plenty of cosmetic changes to distinguish it from its predecessor. The SUV gets a new set of bumpers and light clusters at both ends, as well as a new grille. The rear end also sees some updates in the form of a new bumper and a redesigned taillamp. The bulging wheel arches and claddings add to offroad looks of the new Gurkha. The Gurkha comes with 16-inch alloy wheels with 245/70 tubeless tyres.
On the Interior gets some major changes. It now features a touchscreen infotainment system, a MID between tacho and speedo. It also looks like Force has improved upon the quality of the materials used. Some features are dual airbags, ABS, rear and parking sensors. The dashboard is still shallow and upright but now gets a comprehensive makeover. The Gurkha comes equipped with power windows and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The centre console is all-new with a touchscreen infotainment system now sitting atop flanked by circular air-con vents. Lower down on the centre console rest new control surfaces for the air-con system.
The new Gurkha also packs in more kit than before with the inclusion of tech such as dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, power windows and LED headlamps with DRLs. Moving to the seats, the cabin features four forward-facing seats – two individual seats in the second row – with a pair of jump seats in the boot section.
The Force Gurkha carries forward the old 2.6-litre diesel from the outgoing model, albeit now upgraded to meet BS6 emission norms. The updated unit puts out 90hp and comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. As before, the four-wheel-drive model uses live axles at either end, along with manual locking differentials controlled via levers on the floor console, between the driver and co-driver. A two-wheel-drive model will also be available. As with the older Gurkha, the new SUV gets an independent front suspension and coil springs at all four corners.
Force Motors showcased the new Gurkha in a three-door body style at the show, and in two derivatives – one was the standard model; the other, a more high-riding hardcore derivative. Although the company did state that more body configurations and multiple wheelbase options are possible. Prices of the new Gurkha will be revealed closer to the model’s launch in May 2020.