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.
Force Motors has been building a longer, five-door version of the off-road focused SUV since the launch of the all-new Gurkha last year. A Force Gurkha five-door test mule was recently spotted testing on our roads, completely unmasked. And based on the spy images, the car appears to be virtually ready for manufacturing. Force will unveil the Gurkha five-door sedan this year, according to Autocar India.
- 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?
The new Gurkha five-door is an extended version of the three-door vehicle that is already on the market, as the spy images reveal. The lengthier variation is built on a stretched version of the C in C ladder-frame architecture used by the normal Gurkha. The five-door Gurkha will have a wheelbase of roughly 2.8 metres, which is about 400mm longer than the three-door variant.
Apart from the extra length, the 5-door Gurkha has the same design and body panels as the three-door version, which was unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo. The tail lamps, tail gate, and rear bumper are all the same on the five-door Gurkha as they are on the ordinary Gurkha. The window line has definitely been revised with the addition of two extra doors, but the five-door Gurkha is expected to look essentially similar to the three-door version even from the front.
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We don’t foresee any big changes to the five-door Gurkha’s interior or equipment list. It will, however, very probably be available with new seating arrangements. The normal Gurkha is only a 4-seater SUV because it has two captain seats in the back. The five-door Gurkha, on the other hand, is believed to include bench seats in the middle row, with an optional third row of two seats.
Engine and off-road gear for Force Gurkha five-door
The five-door Gurkha will be powered by the same Mercedes-sourced 2.6-litre diesel engine that delivers 91hp and 250Nm under the hood. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and power will be distributed to all four axles via a four-wheel drive system.
The five-door Gurkha is believed to include comparable off-road features as the normal Gurkha, including a low-range transfer case, manual locking front and rear differentials, independent front suspension, and rear multi-link rigid live axle suspension. The suspension, on the other hand, will almost certainly need to be custom-tuned for the new frame.
Expected rivals for the Gurkha five-door
Force Five In its league of ladder-frame off-roaders, Gurkha will not be alone. Mahindra is also working on a five-door version of the Thar, which will be released in the near future, in a similar method. Similarly, Maruti Suzuki has been working on a five-door version of the Jimny, which is set to debut next year in India.