When thinking of off-roading, Mahindra Thar is the first to come to the mind of the off-road enthusiasts. But soon the off-road enthusiasts will end in confusion by the launch of upgraded BS-IV variant Force Gurkha. It is expected to be hut on road within the next one year. By the launch of Force Gurkha, The Mahindra Thar might finally have a worthy competitor.
Design and Features
The Force Gurkha’s lines and flat panels are designed taking inspiration from the Mercedes G-Wagen. In other words Gurkha is specially designed for those who are serious about off roading. Gurkha is the only vehicle that comes with factory hard top and air conditioning ensuring safety and comfort even while in the rough terrains and extreme weather. The air intake mounted at roof height ensures ample supply of clean air to the engine.
The Thar maintaining the classic ‘Jeep’ look it comes with a new plastic cladding over the wheel arches, new clear lens headlamps and side steps. Comparing the length and width of Gurkha, Thar is having low room space than Gurkha. Both vehicles sport all-steel bodies, but the Gurkha has a bit too much plastic in the front where the entire grille and headlamp shrouds. Bumper is made of plastic for both the vehicles. Both have standard AC and power steering. Gurkha gets alloy wheels, stainless steel snorkel and fog lamps as standard on all variants while in Thar it need to be added extra.
Engine and Performance
The Mahindra Thar powered by a BS-IV compliant 2.5-litre TCI- CRDe engine that produces 105 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 247 Nm of torque between 1,800-2,000 rpm. It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. While compared to Thar, The Force Gurkha get power from the 2.6-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine. 85 bhp of power at 3,200 rpm and 230 Nm of torque from 1,400-2,400 rpm. It too gets a 5-speed manual transmission. For both vehicle, rear-wheel driven with a 4×4 transfer case that offers high and low drive ratios. However, the Thar has open differentials on both the front and rear axle, Thar will get stuck in a situation where one wheel in the front and one wheel at the rear are skidding. BorgerWarner 4×4 transfer case is used in Mahindra Thar. Gurkha has separate manual differential locks for the front and rear axle which can which can lock both wheels together on the same axle, providing traction when needed, and it has a greater probability of getting out of a sticky situation.
As we said, Gurkha is for those who are serious aboutoff-roadingg. And Thar for those who love to do off-roading. Gurkha’s price starts from Rs.8.38 lakh and for Thar, price starts from Rs.5.93 lakh.