Force Motors India had showcased the updated BS6 version of their Gurkha SUV at the Auto Expo earlier this year. It was supposed to be launched before but, due to the pandemic and nationwide lockdown, Force Motors had postponed the launch. Gurkha competes directly with the Mahindra Thar which recently got a generation update. Pictures and videos of production version the upcoming 2020 BS6 Force Gurkha has surfaced and here we have one that shows how the new SUV actually looks like.
The video has been uploaded by Indian auto news on their youtube channel. It looks exactly the same as we saw at the Auto Expo. Unlike Mahindra Thar, Force has given cosmetic changes to make it look more modern. The front gets a redesigned bumper with fog lamps in it, The headlamps gets a round headlamp with LED DRLs in it. The position of the turn indicators is on the hood as before and there is a snorkel coming out from the right fender too.
The side profile shows the new set of alloy wheels that Gurkha now comes with. The side cladding, foot step and the boxy design of the SUV is all retained. It is a hard top SUV and the rear seats are side facing only. The rear also gets redesigned bumper and a new set of tail lights. There is a roof rack on the top as well.
It is a proper off-road oriented SUV and in comparison to the older version, it now gets features like a proper touchscreen infotainment screen, dual tone dashboard, power windows, tilt and telescopic steering, dual airbags, ABS and so on. Even though, it offers all these new features, it still uses the old platform that are slightly modified to meet the current safety and crash test norms.
It is powered by a BS6 compliant, 2.6 litre diesel engine that was derived from Mercedes-Benz OM616 unit. The engine will generate 90 Bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque paired to a manual gearbox. As mentioned above, it is a proper off-road oriented vehicle and comes with a 4×4 transfer case. Force is expected to launch the 2020 version of Gurkha with a revised pricing in the coming months. It’s likely to be priced similar to the lower trims of the 2020 Mahindra Thar, which has been a runaway success.