Force Motors recently unveiled the final production-spec avatar of the all-new 2021 Force Gurkha 2021. The new Force Gurkha is a sub-4-metre compact SUV but it is a hard-core off-roader. The all-new Force Gurkha will directly rival the new Mahindra Thar. So, in this story, we have compared these two hard-core off-roaders. Check out the specification-based comparo of the new Force Gurkha vs the Mahindra Thar.
Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar – Dimensions and Capacity
|Specification||Force Gurkha||Mahindra Thar|
|Length||4116 mm||3985 mm|
|Width||1812 mm||1855 mm|
|Height||2075 mm||1844 mm (Hard Top)|
|Wheelbase||2400 mm||2450 mm|
|Ground Clearance||205 mm||226 mm|
|Weight||2175 kgs||1774 – 1783 kgs|
The new Force Gurkha measures 4116 mm in length, 1812 mm in width and 2075 mm in height. The SUV has a wheelbase of 2400 mm and offers a massive ground clearance of 205 mm. Also, it has a wheelbase of 2400 mm, which is quite good in its class but the Mahindra Thar is even better as it has a wheelbase of 2450 mm. The new Mahindra Thar measures 3985 mm in length, 1855 mm in width and 1844 mm in height. The SUV has a wheelbase of 2450 mm and it offers a massive ground clearance of 226 mm.
Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar – Off-road Angles
|Angle||Force Gurkha||Mahindra Thar (LX Series)|
|Approach angle||37 degree||41.8 degree|
|Breakover angle||25 degree||27 degree|
|Departure angle||25 degree||36.8 degree|
|Water wading||700 mm||650 mm|
The Mahindra Thar and the new Force Gurkha are very good off-roaders. You can check out their various off-road angles in the above table. Now, in this department, the new Mahindra Thar beats the new Force Gurkha in almost every category. The new Mahindra Thar has a better approach angle (by 4.8 degrees), departure angle (by 3.8 degrees), break-over angle (by 2 degrees) but less water wading depth by 50 mm.
Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar – Engine Specifications
|Diesel Engines||Force Gurkha||Mahindra Thar|
|Engine Capacity||2.6-litre diesel||2.2-litre diesel|
|Maximum Power||91 PS of max power||130 PS of max power|
|Maximum Torque||250 Nm of peak torque||300 Nm of peak torque|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT||6-speed MT and 6-speed AT|
The new Force Gurkha draws power from a BS6 compliant 2.6 litre Mercedes Benz derived common rail, direct injection, turbocharged diesel engine. This engine pumps out 91 PS of power and 250 Nm of peak torque between 1400 – 2400 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed Mercedes G-28 transmission with cable shift tech and a hydraulically activated clutch. The new Mahindra Thar draws power from a BS6 compliant 2.2-litre diesel engine. This BS6 engine pumps out 130 PS of maximum power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AT. Both these SUVs also get 4X4 with a low ratio transfer case and manually locking front axle and rear axle differentials.
Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar – Features and Safety
|Features||Force Gurkha||Mahindra Thar|
|Exterior||Full-LED headlamp with LED DRLs|
Front fog lamps
16-inch steel wheels
Front fog lamps
18-inch alloy wheels
LED tail lamps
Dark grey door trims, seat upholstery
Adjustable headrests for rear seats
MID in the instrument cluster
Dark fabric upholstery
Adjustable-headrests for rear seats
Utility hook on co-driver back seat
MID in the instrument cluster
|Comfort and Convenience||Tilt and telescopic steering wheel|
12V power socket
USB charging (front and rear)
|Tilt-adjustable steering wheel|
Remote keyless entry
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Electrically adjustable ORVMs
|Safety||Dual front airbagsABS with EBDRear parking sensorsSpeed sensing auto door lock||Dual front airbagsABS with EBDRear parking sensorsSpeed sensing auto door lockESP, TCISOFIX child-seat mounting points3-point seat belts for rear passengers|
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
4 speakers and 2 tweeters
Steering-mounted audio controls
BlueSense App Connectivity with smartwatch support
|Off-roading equipment||4WD Low-range gearbox|
|4WD Low-range gearbox |
Tyre direction monitoring system
MLD (mechanically locking differential)
Front brake-locking differential (ESP-based)
Off-road stats on the touchscreen
The new Force Gurkha gets a lot more features than its predecessor. However, in the feature department and safety equipment on offer, the new Mahindra Thar is leaps ahead of the Force Gurkha and the same can be seen in the above table too.
Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar – Price Comparison
|Make and Model||Force Gurkha||Mahindra Thar|
|Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)||Rs 10 lakh – Rs 13 lakh (expected)||Rs 12.78 lakh to Rs 15.08 lakh|
The price announcement for the new Force Gurkha shall be made in the last week of September and the bookings will also open around the same time. However, it is expected to be priced between Rs 10 lakh – Rs 13 lakh. The new Mahindra Thar, on the other hand, is currently priced between Rs 12.78 lakh to Rs 15.08 lakh. All the prices mentioned here are in reference to Ex-showroom Delhi. So, Mahindra Thar vs Force Gurkha, which one will be your pick? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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