Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar: dimensions, engine compared
New Force Gurkha has been a model that the off-road community in India has been waiting for since its inception unveiled at Auto Expo 2020. Force finally unveiled the production Gurkha, before its launch on September 27. However, the Gurkha is not the only three-door chassis body on chassis made in India in our market, as the Mahindra Thar arguably laid the foundation for this niche segment. Now that we have the tech specs for both, it’s only fair that we compare the two, to see which comes out on top, at least on paper.
2021 Force Gurkha vs. Mahindra Thar: dimensions
|Force Gurkha||Mahindra Thar|
|Height||2075 mm||1844 mm|
|Ground clearance||205 mm||226 mm|
|Front / rear track||1490mm / 1480mm||1520mm / 1520mm|
|Turning circle diameter||11.3 meters||11.8 meters|
|Approach angle||37 degrees||41.8 degrees|
|Departure angle||33 degrees||36.8 degrees|
|Break angle||25 degrees||27 degrees|
|Fording water||700 mm||650mm|
As we can clearly see from the table above, while the new Gurkha is longer (by 131mm) and taller (by 231mm) than the second generation Thar, the latter is wider (43mm more wide), has wider front and rear tracks and has a longer wheelbase (50mm longer). So while the wider tracks and longer wheelbase should make the Thar more stable, the interior space of the Gurkha should benefit by being longer and taller.
We can also get a quick understanding of the off-road capabilities of these two models by looking at their various off-road angles and ground clearance. In this department, the Thar beats the new Gurkha in all categories, because it has a better approach angle (of 4.8 degrees), a departure angle (of 3.8 degrees), a break angle (of 2 degrees) and better ground clearance (21 mm). The new Gurkha is gaining ground with its higher fording references (rated at 50mm more) and narrower turning radius (less than 0.5m), which should give it a handling advantage.
The new generation Thar has a considerable weight advantage over the Gurkha, as the Thar weighs around 390 kg less than its rival.
However, it must be said that these numbers only show half of the image, and you’ll have to wait until we compare the two off-roaders in the real world. It should also be noted that a larger 5-door Gurkha is also expected to launch soon.
2021 Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar: engine, gearbox and suspension
|Engine, gearbox and suspension|
|Force Gurkha||Mahindra Thar|
|Type||4 cylinders, turbodiesel||4 cylinders, turbodiesel|
|Gearbox||5-speed manual / NA||6-speed manual / 6-speed automatic|
|Front / rear suspension||Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring / Multi-link with Hard Pan Shank and Coil Spring||Independent, double wishbone, coil springs / Independent, multi-link rigid axle, coil springs|
|Player layout||Four-wheel drive||Four-wheel drive|
|Front / rear differentials||Manual locking differential / Manual locking differential||Brake Locking Differential / Automatic Mechanical Locking Differential|
|Security technology||ABS with EBD||ABS with EBD, ESC (top of the range), hill start assist, hill descent control|
Looking at those diesel powertrains, it’s the Mahindra Thar that impresses with its 130 hp, 2.2-liter mHawk turbodiesel engine. Not only does it produce 39 hp more than Gurkha’s Mercedes-derived 2.6-liter unit, but it also produces 50Nm more torque. In terms of gearbox options, the Gurkha is only available with a 5-speed manual, while the Thar offers a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic gearbox, giving the Thar a another advantage.
It’s a shame that Force ditched the 140bhp 2.2-liter turbodiesel from the old Gurkha Xtreme, as it would have been closer to the diesel engine from the new Thar.
In its new generation, the Thar finally comes with coil springs in its front and rear suspensions, although the Gurkha featured coil springs in the front and rear, even in the previous generation model.
Both models come standard with transfer cases that allow you to switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive at high or low gears. The Thar also comes with a host of electronic safety features such as hill start assist, hill descent control and ESC based brake lock differential up front and locking differential. mechanical automatic at the rear. As convenient as these features are, this system is fully managed by the on-board computers and gives you no individual control. The Gurkha, on the other hand, offers a lot more control as it allows you to manually lock the front and rear differentials, although it lacks other electronic safety nets.
Note that we did not consider the Thar’s 150bhp 2.0-liter turbo-gasoline engine in this comparison, as the Gurkha is only offered with a diesel powertrain.
2021 Force Gurkha review, test drive
2021 Mahindra Thar review, test drive