Force Motors India had showcased the BS6 version of Gurkha off-road SUV at the auto expo earlier this year. In comparison to the BS4 version, BS6 version has couple of changes. It supposed to get launched in the market earlier this year but got delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis and the nationwide lockdown that followed after that. The Force Gurkha directly rivals with the Mahindra Thar which has been a popular off roader among buyers for quite some time. Mahidnra has recently unveiled the all-new 2020 Thar which is huge improvement from its last generation. The manufacturer is now planning to launch the updated BS6 version in the market in coming months. Force has managed make some changes to the interior and exterior as part of BS6 transition in Gurkha.
The overall design of the SUV looks same as before but, there are cosmetic changes like a revised headlamp with dotted LED DRL ring around it. A reworked bumper with fog lamps, smoked LED turn indicators on the hood, new set of alloy wheels and a revised rear bumper and tail lamp. In comparison to the exterior, interiors got bit more attention. Earlier versions of Gurkha were no-nonsense, pure off-road oriented SUVs with almost creature comfort at all.
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The BS6 version is different and it now offers a dual tone dash board and cabin with a touchscreen infotainment screen, power windows and so on. It will also dual airbags, ABS and tilt and telescopic steering wheels. Force will be offering Gurkha with number of accessories that will make it a bit more suitable for extreme off-roading than it already is.
Force Gurkha still uses the old platform and is slightly modified to meet the new safety and crash test norms. The engine on the Gurkha will be a diesel unit and the BS6 compliant engine will be a 2.6 litre unit derived from Mercedes-Benz OM616 engine. The engine will generate 90 Bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and it will come with a proper 4×4 transfer case as standard. Prices for the BS6 version of Force Gurkha is expected to go up especially when so many new features are added to it.
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