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2020 Force Gurkha BS6 Spotted Testing Again Ahead Of Official Launch

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The overall design and styling of the new BS6 Force Gurkha are very much in line with the pre-production prototype model we saw at the Auto Expo 2020. Upon launch, it will be a direct rival to the newly launched Mahindra Thar.

The pre-production prototype model of the BS6 Force Gurkha was shown at the Auto Expo 2020 expand View Photos
The pre-production prototype model of the BS6 Force Gurkha was shown at the Auto Expo 2020

Highlights

  • The BS6 Force Gurkha is expected to be launched in coming months
  • The 2020 Force Gurkha will be powered by a 2.6-litre diesel engine
  • It will be a direct rival to the recently launched all-new Mahindra Thar

The upcoming BS6 compliant Force Gurkha off-road SUV has been spotted testing in India again. Unlike the previously seen test mule, this one appears to be a lower level variant and appears to be undergoing emission testing based on the apparatus attached to the side-mounted exhaust pipes. Having said that, the overall design and styling are very much in line with the pre-production prototype model we saw at the Auto Expo 2020. Upon its launch, the Force Gurkha BS6 will be a direct rival to the newly launched Mahindra Thar.

Also Read: Auto Expo 2020: New Force Gurkha Unveiled​

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The new Gurkha comes with all-black single-slat grille, flanked by square housings with circular headlamps

Upfront, the new Gurkha comes with all-black single-slat grille, flanked by square housings with circular headlamps, which in this case are halogen units. The top-spec model is likely to get LED projectors with integrated LED DRLs. The test mule also looks very bare-bones with a small bumper with a metal skid plate, whereas the previously seen model came with a beefy bumper with foglamps. The Gurkha also gets its signature snorkel, turn indicators incorporated on the fenders. The top-end model will also get alloy wheels a luggage carrier on the roof, a ladder to get to the rack, new black plastic cladding, revised taillights, and more. This one gets steel wheels, and also, the tailgate-mounted spear wheel is missing.

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The Force Gurkha will come in 3-door body type with forward-facing rear seats

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We do not get to see the cabin in these images, but based on the concept car, the production model too is expected to get forward-facing rear seats, but similar to the new Mahindra Thar, the Gurkha too will be a 3-door model. Interior and other details are unknown, but we certainly expect to see some premium touches, and modern creature comforts like - dual-tone dashboard, touchscreen infotainment system, new leather seats, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, power windows, ABS, dual front airbags and more.

Also Read: 2020 Force Gurkha BS6 Spotted Ahead Of Launch; Will Rival New Mahindra Thar​

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The upcoming Force Gurkha is expected to be powered by a Mercedes-Benz sourced 2.6-litre diesel engine

Under the hood, the upcoming Force Gurkha is expected to be powered by a Mercedes-Benz sourced 2.6-litre diesel engine which will be a BS6-compliant unit. The powertrain belongs to the OM616 family and tuned to produce 89 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties will be handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox with a manual 4x4 as standard. The SUV will come equipped with an independent front suspension and a rigid axle at the rear. The 2020 Force Gurkha is also expected to get an off-road kit which is offered as standard along with a host of accessories.

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