While Force has long been working on the upcoming Gurkha, there are still many enjoying the latest generation of the capable SUV. The Gurkha is a high performance SUV and in some ways better than the last generation Mahindra Thar. Here is a video of the Force Gurkha facing some serious challenges.
The first video shows the Force Gurkha going through a deep stream of water and crossing it without hiccups. The current was so deep that the water level rises to the top of the hood, but the Gurkha doesn’t stop moving. Gurkha was the only car in its segment that offered a snorkel, and that helps the vehicle navigate such deep water passages.
And then go straight to take the stairs. The Force Gurkha comes out of the water and climbs the stairs. It may look like an easy job, but it isn’t. Climbing stairs in an SUV is a task that only capable vehicles can perform.
Climbing stairs requires a large approach angle, good ground clearance and a high tip angle. Without this, the sub-floor will be scrapped all the time and can even be severely damaged. The Gurkha climbs the stairs without a single problem. In fact, the vehicle makes the section look really simple.
Gurkha is now being discontinued
Force discontinued the Gurkha some time ago. It was powered by a 2.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that had a maximum output of 85 hp and a maximum torque of 230 Nm. It offered a 4X4 drivetrain with a low gear ratio transfer case that makes the Gurkha very capable. This vehicle was launched back in 2013 and Force Motors has not updated the vehicle since then.
The Gurkha has one of the highest factory water wading abilities. With the snorkel fitted at the factory, it can be up to 550mm deep, which is quite a bit. Force also offered differential locks that ensure the vehicle doesn’t lose traction in slippery situations.
Can other SUVs do the same?
The new Thar offers a water wading ability of 650 mm without a snorkel. It can go even deeper with a snorkel. It also offers high approach, wrap, and take-off angles that are essential for such challenges. Any vehicle with these attributes and a 4X4 system can do this.
Force presented the brand new Gurkha at Auto Expo 2020 and the manufacturer should launch the vehicle later this year. However, the launch has been delayed several times and there is currently no news about the launch. The brand new Gurkha will likely be much more powerful than the obsolete model. However, the start seems quite a long way off.