The Mahindra Thar’s arch-rival, the Force Gurkha sees a price increase. The raw material cost, logistic charges and overall input cost has gone up, hence the off-roader has seen a price revision.
Launched in September 2021, the Force Gurkha has seen its first price hike. The off-roader is dearer by Rs 51,000 which brings its cost up to Rs 14.10 lakh (ex-showroom). Other than this upward revision in price, the Force Gurkha is absolutely unchanged. The mechanicals is the same as before, and so is the features list.
The 2.6-litre turbo-diesel engine churning out 90bhp and 250Nm is still the same. The gearbox is a five-speed unit and there is no option of an automatic transmission. This gives its direct rival, the Mahindra Thar an upper edge as the Thar is available with an auto box, as well as, a petrol motor.
The features on offer are very basic. The Gurkha gets a seven-inch infotainment system that features Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The SUV seats four, which includes captain’s chairs at the back with individual armrests.
The current Gurkha on sale is a three-door and the brand has been spotted testing the five-door version of the same. The five-door Gurkha is likely to pack more convenience features compared to the outgoing Gurkha.
Expect an elongated wheelbase and a change in the seating layout. The interiors of the long-wheelbase Gurkha are likely to be the same as the outgoing model. The launch of the new five-door Gurkha is expected by mid-2022; but wait, the five-door Mahindra Thar is coming soon as well, most likely by early 2023.