Updated: Oct 20
There's no debate about the Force Gurkha being a great off-roader when it comes to showing the capabilities since day one. The 4x4 was however never the first choice of the many off-road enthusiasts.
This is an all new from ground Gurkha, from the previous tubular frame chassis to C ladder frame chassis. However the wheelbase remains the same at 2400mm. Like the previous generation this too is ultimately inspired by the Mercedes G Wagon and retains the silhouette with the snorkel and rear door mounted spare wheel. But having slightly different dimensions, the 2021 Force Gurkha has now gotten 5mm wider at the front and 4mm at the rear, Force Gurkha is now 124mm longer in length and 8mm narrower in width than the previous out going Gurkha.
Hood Mounted Indicators and changed braking lights from horizontal to vertical. And LED DRLs with face identical to the G Wagon. With the high snorkel the vehicle has amazing water wading capacity of 700mm. The vehicle's open bumper and functional bash plate are some other features that are factory fitted.
While the looks outside are impressive the interior lacks a little from the world. With Android and Apple Car Play it has the modern tech with old school styling. The Gurkha also gets 4 captain seats as standard given the passengers great comfort. The floor of the vehicle also gets a great touch for being rugged and easily washable.
What has changed on the sides is that now the vehicle has a large fixed glass replacing the two side panels in the outgone version. The machine looks very unique and distinctive in appeal from outside and there's no doubt that no one will recognise it as a G Wagon once from far and sure can turn the heads around for a glance.
The Gurkha can also take steep angles of 35 Degree with ease with it's 4x4x4 system, that's some extreme gradient for any machine. Adding to Gurkha's short turn radius of 5.65 mts which allows extreme manoeuvrability and lowest in it's class of machines. The large window area panoramic side view for the passengers and wider windscreen ensures all round visibility to the driver and great sense of surroundings when going off-road.
The machine not only does good on the outside but on the inside at the heart is also inspired from the Mercedes. A Mercedes derived common rail 2.6L engine with 95Nm of torque available from the lower end itself.
Jumping inside will give you a very old feel towards the dashboard. But does the interior matter when you go off-roads? The engine insulation is done very well so the cabin is quite and well tuned engine giving away lesser vibrations compared to previous model.
However, having an old feel towards the dash can set you back a little. As promising it feels outside its visa-versa on the inside. The plastic feels low quality. Something like a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as a standard fitting. Infotainment system is a unit from Kenwood as much as we have tested it feels decent but the look and feel of the same is something which feels aftermarket.
On safety and security front, based on the BSVI (Bharat Stage 6) all vehicles are required to have a ABS and AirBag system as standard. Which is taken care by here. While this would sound normal to you, this machine also has a speed sensing auto door locking system.
Force Motors also offers a set of accessories like; WindShield Bar, Roof Carrier, Roof Rails, Rear Ladder, Tail Lamp grill, Alloy Wheel with all terrain tyres, Rear Chile Seats
The Force Motors Gurkha is a class apart and a different kind all together. We can not compare it to Mahindra Thar cause they are two different categories now. The Mahindra Thar is now moving towards more luxury and styling with a very aggressive marketing strategies and brand placement among the young crowd.
Will the Force Motors improve it's marketing strategies for this product? Only time will tell us that. The Gurkha is undoubtable a great off-road machine, with now being more practical and everyday use.