Dec, 2020 - By SMI
The second-gen Gurkha is based on a new ladder-frame chassis designed to meet the new crash test and pedestrian-safety norms.
In February 2020, Force Motors showcased the all-new Gurkha at the 2020 Auto Expo in Delhi, India. Initially, the Gurkha was scheduled to be launched in India in April 2020. However, the global COVID-19 pandemic has put the plans of many carmakers around the world in jeopardy. The company has now confirmed that the launch of the second-generation Gurkha has been delayed to end 2020. The second-gen, BS-VI compliant Gurkha has been updated completely, though it may look similar to the older version of the Gurkha on the outside. Now, the Gurkha is expected to be launched by the end of 2020.
Currently, Force Motors is seeing an increase in demand for its Traveler Ambulance, so the company has decided to pursue the launch of the second-gen Gurkha. The all-new Gurkha will be equipped with a 2.6-liter BS-VI diesel engine that is good for 90 hp of power and 260 Nm of peak torque. The engine unit will be paired with a five-speed manual transmission system. The all-new Gurkha gets a four-wheel-drive (AWD) system with a lockable differential. The vehicle is also expected to get a 2.2-liter engine option in the future. Moreover, it gets an independent front suspension and coil springs at all four corners.
The second-gen Gurkha is based on a new ladder-frame chassis designed to meet the new crash test and pedestrian-safety norms. Now, the all-new Gurkha comes with a redesigned dashboard, a new instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system, and a dual-tone color scheme. Force Motors is also planning to introduce more body configurations in the coming future. The two-wheel-drive and five-door variant of the Gurkha is also expected to join the company’s line-up in the coming future. After the launch, the second-gen Gurkha is expected to compete with the all-new Mahindra Thar and Maruti Suzuki Jimny, slated to launch in India by 2021.
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