The second generation Force Gurkha SUV has got a new body, more durable. The glazing area was increased, the doorways were widened, and the increased rigidity made it possible to reduce noise and vibration. The three-door model also became larger: the length increased by 124 mm (up to 4116 mm), the width – 1812 mm and the height – 2075 mm, increased by 20-22 mm. The new Gurkha model comes with full LED headlights and snorkel.
The interior of the new Force Gurkha has become more modern and comfortable. A 7-inch screen of the media system was installed on the new front panel, and the steering column was made adjustable, not only in height, but also in reach. The basic version of the SUV now has 2 frontal airbags (in India, they have recently become legally required). Instead of longitudinal “benches” in the back there are now two separate seats, although they are equipped with the simplest lap seat belts. At the same time, all three passenger seats in the cabin have Isofix mounts for child seats. The luggage compartment with a swing door holds up to 500 liters of payload.
Three years ago, the Gurkha SUV in the Xtreme version received the long-awaited modern diesel 2.2 with a capacity of 140 hp, but, alas, this expensive engine did not take root. So under the hood of the novelty is the old 2.6 turbodiesel, that is, the modified licensed Mercedes OM616 engine of the 70s. After the next update, it meets the BS6 eco-standards (analogue of Euro 6), and its performance is 91 hp. and 250 Nm of torque. The only gearbox is a five-speed “mechanics”.
The off-road capabilities of the new Force Gurkha are expressed by the company in a 4x4x4 formula: that is, four-wheel drive for all four seasons. The car retained the transmission with a rigid connection of the front axle, a reduction gear, and also locks of both cross-axle differentials. Moreover, these locks do not have an electric or pneumatic drive: both differentials must be blocked manually by turning the massive handles on the central tunnel. But Gurkha has good off-road potential. The ground clearance is 205 mm, the entry angle is 37 degrees, the exit angle is 33 degrees. The second generation Force Gurkha will go on sale in India in October 2021.