The duo of Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha has shown that how proper and old-school four-wheel-drive SUVs are still relevant when the world is swooning over front-wheel drive jacked-up hatchbacks and crossovers trying to identify themselves as SUVs. This duo is a serious take on the traditional ethos of SUVs, with their go-anywhere abilities, butch designs and commendable road presences. While the Mahindra Thar is getting a lot of attention with the waiting period extending to several months, the Gurkha is not getting such kind of attention. But the pictures of all the cars by the owner of Gurkha’s owner Manuj Kathuria on T-BHP show the towering road presence of the all-new Force Gurkha.
The Force Gurkha towers over the Mahindra Thar!
When it comes to length and height, The Force Gurkha has a clear advantage over the Mahindra Thar and easily looks like a bigger SUV of the two. Compared to 4116 mm of length and 2075 mm of the height of the Gurkha, the Thar measures 3985 mm long and 1844 mm tall. However, the 1812 mm of width and 2400 mm of wheelbase are slightly shorter than the 1855 mm of width and 2450 mm of the wheelbase of the Thar. Where the Thar also manages to surpass the Gurkha marginally is ground clearance, with the Thar sitting 226 mm higher from the ground, compared to the 219 mm ground clearance of Gurkha.
Here, we will be comparing only the diesel-manual powertrains of both the SUVs since the Force Gurkha comes in a single variant with only this engine-gearbox combination. While the 2.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine of the Gurkha is bigger than the 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine of the Thar, it puts up lower numbers on the paper. Compared to 90 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque produced by Gurkha’s engine, Thar’s oil burner pumps out 130 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. Also, compared to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox in the Gurkha, the Thar is being offered with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox options.
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In addition, the Thar is also available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, which makes 150 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque and is available with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Gurkha misses out on a petrol engine option.
The Gurkha has a massive street presence
In other pictures shared by the owner of the Gurkha with the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen and Ford Endeavour show the masculine presence of the massive-looking Force Gurkha. The SUV simply stands tall compared to all these vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, which is considered as the inspiration for the Force Gurkha’s design also looks smaller than the Gurkha. The Mercedes-AMG G63 measures 4,881mm in length, 1,984mm in width and 1,968mm in height. The Gurkha is shorter and narrower than the G63 but it is much higher in height.
The Endeavour too, with its dimensions of 4,903mm in length, 1,869mm in width and 1,837mm in height is much wider and longer than the Gurkha. But the Gurkha wins the game when it comes to the height of the vehicle.
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