5-Door Force Gurkha Spotted Testing Undisguised

The Force Gurkha has been anticipated in its 5-door guise for a while, and it has recently been spotted testing undisguised.

By Mihir Barve


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Published on March 13, 2022

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  • The 5-door version of the Gurkha will have the same 2.6-litre engine.
  • Expected in 6 seater and 7 seater configurations
  • Will rival the anticipated 5-door Mahindra Thar and Maruti Suzuki Jimny

While it's no news that Force has been working on a 5-door version of the Gurkha, for the first time the purpose built off-road SUV has been spotted testing undisguised. Though this may not be the final production-ready form of the SUV, there are some noticeable design changes compared to its 3-door sibling. The 5-door Gurkha is expected to be launched with a stretched version of the 3-door's C in C ladder-frame architecture, and could go on sale later this year.

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The obvious differentiator in the appearance of the upcoming SUV is the addition of the 2 doors. The sides of the SUV also feature split windows between the second and the third row, instead of the long window on the 2 row version, and has a larger foot step between the longer wheelbase of the SUV. The SUV also features squared off wheel arches as the 3-door, but sits on chunkier tyres. There are also horizontal ventilation slits on top of the front wheel arches which are unique to this version, but they may just serve a visual purpose.

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The test mule features squared headlamps, fatter tyres and some design cues unique to the variant.
Photo Credit: Abhijeet Mane

On the front, the design of the bumper looks unchanged, and the camouflaged grille also bears the same shape as the 3-door counterpart. What's changed on the front are the headlamps, as the units spotted on the test mule are square shaped, as opposed to the round headlamps on the 3-door model. The spotted mule also sported blacked out steel rims and didn't have fog lamps, suggesting that this could be a baseline trim of the upcoming off-roader.

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The SUV could be offered in 6 seater and 7 seater options, with the 6 seater featuring captain seats on all rows, while the 7 seater could have a bench in the middle row. An 8 seater variant seems unlikely, as the SUV's last row is accessed from the back door.


The rear of the SUV remains largely unchanged compared to its 3-door sibling.
Photo Credit: Abhijeet Mane

The 5-door Force Gurkha could beat the upcoming 5-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny and the 5-door Mahindra Thar to the launch, and this could help the off-road based SUV to build its market in the niche segment. The SUV should continue to be on offer with the same feature list as the 3-door model, and will be paired with the same 2.6-litre diesel engine and 5 speed manual gearbox.

(Source: Abhijeet Mane)


Last Updated on March 13, 2022

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