Force Motors unveiled its BS6 compliant Gurkha at the Auto Expo 2020. It was positioned at the entrance of the Force Motors pavilion along with a heavily modified version of the same. Gurkha has always been the underdog here and the only competitor that comes close to this is the Mahindra Thar.
There were a lot of refinement issues in the previous generation Gurkhas despite using a Mercedes-Benz sourced engine. Force has gone forth and updated its offerings with the latest mechanical features. The BS6 compliant Gurkha now gets a new chassis and body shell and thus fares much better in the current crash tests and is well equipped to take on the upcoming pedestrian safety norms.
It still flaunts the uncanny G-class look but Force has updated it drastically to appeal more to a wider audience. The bumpers are new and much crisp which allows you to take steeper angles. The front grille is also new and now flaunts the Force logo in chrome with a vertical bar going across the centre. The extended wheel arches and claddings are in black which gives it a contrasting look. The 16-inch alloy wheels now come with new design and tubeless tyres which are sized at 245/70.
The cabin has also been updated extensively and it improves the Gurkha’s appeal drastically. It now has a more balanced character of off-roading and comfort for occupants. The dashboard design is still the same but it now gets a new touch screen infotainment system and the air-con vents are now circular to add a bit of variety to the cabin. The instrument cluster now gets a digital cut-out which is positioned below the tachometer and speedometer.
Safety has also been bumped up in the much-underrated off-roader with the inclusion of dual airbags, ABS, parking sensors, power windows and LED headlamps with DRLs. The headlights might even intensify your confusion of it with a Merc G-Class!
Muscle power is taken care of by the same old 2.6L diesel but has been upgraded to meet BS6 norms. It now pumps out 88.7 bhp of power which is 4.9 bhp more than the previous generation. The power is now transferred to either all four wheels or rear wheels via a 5-Speed manual gearbox which Force should have frankly updated to improve the driving experience. The Four-Wheel-Drive model uses live axles at both ends coupled with manual locking differentials that are controlled via levers on the floor. Force has also confirmed a two-wheel-drive model and the 2020 Gurkha also gets updated suspension setup with independent front and coil springs at all four corners.
Force had also showcased a souped-up Gurkha at the Auto Expo which was high on portal axles and looked like a ride post-apocalypse. But unlike the three-door version, this one won’t make it to production and like last year, the BS6 variant will also be available in varying body and wheelbase configurations. Prices are not out yet and will be bumped up considerably and the bump as it has undergone a considerable amount of upgrades. Prices and final list of engine options will also be revealed close to the launch date, i.e. mid-2020.