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Force 5-door Gurkha spotted for the first time: Will rival Maruti Suzuki Jimny and Mahindra 5-door Thar

Last year, Force confirmed that they are working on a 5-door version of the Gurkha. Now, the SUV has been spotted for the very first time on Indian roads. We are expecting the 5-door Gurkha to launch before 2023. It will be going against Maruti Suzuki Jimny 5-door and Mahindra Thar 5-door. Both of which we are expecting to see soon.

The styling of the SUV will mostly remain the same. There would be the same wheels, same bumpers, circular LED headlamps with circular LED Daytime Running Lamps and vertical tail lamps. The test mule was finished in a simple white colour. We can only see the rear of the 5-door Gurkha in the video.

Force 5-door Gurkha spotted for the first time: Will rival Maruti Suzuki Jimny and Mahindra 5-door Thar

We can see that there are three windows on the side of the SUV. On the three-door Gurkha, there are two windows. The rear window is quite large but on the 5-door Gurkha, the rear window has been split in two. We are expecting the 5-door Gurkha to come with a snorkel as well from the factory.

Mechanically, there would be no differences. It would also come with a 2.6-litre diesel engine that is doing duty on the 3-door version of the Thar. The engine produces 90 bhp of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is no automatic transmission on offer but you do get an all-wheel-drive system, low range gearbox and front and rear differential locks.

Force 5-door Gurkha spotted for the first time: Will rival Maruti Suzuki Jimny and Mahindra 5-door Thar

Considering the added weight, Force might use a more powerful tune for the 5-door Gurkha. The same 2.6-litre diesel engine is also currently doing duty on Force Traveller. In it, the engine produces 115 hp of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It still comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The interior would still remain pretty basic. There would be a basic steering wheel, analogue dials for the instrument cluster, manual air conditioning with heater, glovebox, power windows, manual parking brake and a touchscreen infotainment system. The five-door Gurkha might come with a bench seat in the second row whereas the three-door Gurkha comes with two individual chairs. So, the five-door Gurkha will be able to seat five occupants at once.

Force 5-door Gurkha spotted for the first time: Will rival Maruti Suzuki Jimny and Mahindra 5-door Thar

The 5-door Gurkha will be longer, have a longer wheelbase and will be heavier also. Because of the rear doors, the occupants would be able to get in and get out easily and more comfortably. As of now, the rear occupants have to climb to the rear seat through the tailgate or by sliding the front seat forward and then climbing in. This could be a bit cumbersome, so having rear doors is a great advantage as it also makes the vehicle more practical.

The 5-door version of Gurkha will be based on a new C platform. It is expected to have a wheelbase of 2,825 mm. That is an increase of a good 425 mm of wheelbase when compared to 3-door Gurkha’s wheelbase of 4,200 mm. The suspension setup is expected to be carried over as it is.