The bigger Gurkha is expected to debut this year itself
The five-door Force Gurkha has been spotted disguised once more, this time revealing the captain seats in the third row. This year, the larger Gurkha is anticipated to arrive on sale.
According to spy images, the third-row seats appear to be near to the boot, implying that the test mule will be a 6-seater with captain seats in all three rows.
- New spy shots show the third-row captain seats, indicating a 6-seater configuration.
- May also get an 8-seater variant.
- No exterior and interior changes are expected onboard.
- The five-door Gurkha should continue with the three-door version’s features.
- To rival the five-door Thar, which will be launched in 2023.
According to an RTO document, the Gurkha may also be available in an 8-seater version. Captain seats in the second row and 2-seater side-facing bench seats in the third row should be the configuration.
Steel wheels, a boot-mounted spare wheel, and a front-mounted snorkel were all seen on the spy test mule. It will be much longer than the three-door Gurkha, which is 4,116mm length with a 2400mm wheelbase.
The cabin and exterior design will most likely be the same as the three-door off-roader. The 7-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, manual air conditioning, four-speaker sound system, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, and tyre pressure monitoring should all be kept.
The existing 2.6-litre diesel engine with 91PS and a 5-speed manual transmission should be used in the five-door Gurkha. It will come equipped with 4WD, a low-range transmission, and manual locking differentials (front and rear).
The five-door Force Gurkha will command a premium over the three-door variant, which retails at Rs 14.10 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). While it doesn’t have any direct rival right now, Mahindra is readying up the Thar’s five-door version. However, it seems the Gurkha will undoubtedly enjoy a headstart.