The five-door Gurkha will be built on a longer platform and will use the same mechanicals and off-road equipment as the three-door version.
Since the launch of the all-new Gurkha last year, Force Motors has been developing a longer, five-door version of the off-road focused SUV. Unmasked, a Force Gurkha five-door test mule was recently sighted testing on local roads. And, based on spy photos, the automobile appears to be nearly ready for production. According to Autocar India, Force will debut the Gurkha five-door sedan this year.
- Gurkha five-door expected to get three-door model’s off-road gear
- Expected to come with same engine as the three-door variant
- Based on the latest-gen Gurkha that made its debut at Auto Expo 2020
What do the spy images indicate about the Force Gurkha five-door?
According to the spy photos, the new Gurkha five-door is a stretched version of the three-door vehicle that is already on the market. The longer variant is based on a stretched version of the standard Gurkha’s C in C ladder-frame architecture. The five-door Gurkha will have a wheelbase of around 2.8 metres, which is approximately 400mm longer than the three-door version.
The 5-door Gurkha features the same design and body components as the three-door version, which was introduced at the 2020 Auto Show. On the five-door Gurkha, the tail lamps, tail gate, and rear bumper are all the same as on the regular Gurkha. Although the window line has been altered by the addition of two more doors, the five-door Gurkha is expected to look virtually the same as the three-door version from the front.
We don’t expect any major changes to the interior or equipment list of the five-door Gurkha. However, it will almost certainly be offered with new seating arrangements. Because of the two captain chairs in the back, the Gurkha is only a four-seater SUV. The five-door Gurkha, on the other hand, is thought to have bench seats in the middle row, with a second row of two seats available as an option.
Engine and off-road gear for Force Gurkha five-door
The five-door Gurkha will be powered by the same 2.6-litre diesel engine from Mercedes, which produces 91hp and 250Nm. Power will be transmitted to all four axles via a four-wheel drive system, which will be linked to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The five-door Gurkha is expected to have similar off-road capabilities to the standard Gurkha, such as a low-range transfer case, manual locking front and rear differentials, independent front suspension, and rear multi-link rigid live axle suspension. On the other hand, the suspension will almost probably need to be custom-tuned for the new frame.
Expected rivals for the Gurkha five-door
Force Five is a group of five people who have Gurkha will not be alone in its league of ladder-frame off-roaders. In a similar manner, Mahindra is working on a five-door version of the Thar, which will be introduced in the near future. Similarly, Maruti Suzuki has been developing a five-door version of the Jimny, which would be released in India next year.