The Gurkha 2021 retains its boxy silhouette but looks a bit more upscale than its predecessor.
Force Motors first showcased the next-generation Gurkha SUV at Auto Expo 2020. The company has taken its time to launch the rugged 4×4 to the country and now that it’s here there is so much to admire. Priced at ₹ 13.59 lakh, the Gurkha has come a long way since it entered the Indian market. The Gurkha 2021 retains its boxy silhouette but looks a bit more upscale than its predecessor. The body panels and edges look more uniform now and there are new modern elements that we typically see on current models these days. Even the cabin has been completely upgraded with better materials and it has most of the features you would expect from an off-road lifestyle. So if you are in the market to buy one, we are listing the pros and cons for you.
- The 2021 Force Gurkha is spawned by the Modular Architecture Platform and continues to be a purpose-built off-road SUV more than a lifestyle off-roader.
- It looks more modern and upscale now with things like the new single slat grille with Gurkha branding, Pro Edge LED headlights with integrated DRL which is a first in the segment, LED indicators among others.
Rutted roads are shipped comfortably! Ground clearance of 205mm is sufficient to tackle most difficult situations
- The Force Gurkha’s cabin is finished in Midnight Black with dark gray themed upholstery. It also comes with a new 4X4 shifter and lever, molded floor mat, panoramic side windows, captain’s seats, armrest for the rear passenger.
- There’s a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system from Kenwood with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and navigation with true mirroring via USB.
- In terms of safety, it has features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, cornering lights, one-touch lane change indicator, pressure monitoring system Follow Me Home & Lead me tires and headlights, among others.
- The look and feel of the cabin is still spartan and the quality of the plastics as well as the materials used could have been better!
- Ergonomically, the Gurkha is not the most ideal SUV. The gear lever is placed a little further forward, so you have to reach out!
The interior sees significant updates! The dashboard still looks spartan
- There is no gasoline engine offered and there is also no automatic transmission option on the Gurkha.
- The 5-speed gearbox appears to be a decade old, however, and could have been better tuned to provide smoother gear changes.
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