2021 Force Gurkha: A 2015 Mahindra Thar owner's perspective

The suspension, body roll and how it tackles bad roads is superior to both my Thar 2015 and the Thar 2020.

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Background -

Force Motors have opened a new showroom, a small sales office in Old Gurgaon near the Kapashera border. This is an extension of Rohit Autowheels who are the existing dealer in Delhi, having their main showroom on the GT Karnal Road.

Dealer Experience -

I called them to enquire about a Test Drive and they asked me to come on Saturday 13th August. It was fairly simple to find the spot on google maps, their Executive had sent me the location on Whatsapp. It is a small sales point that has one Display Vehicle and one Test Drive Vehicle. Both of which were the Black Gurkha.

I had previously taken a short test drive at the Rama road Dealer in New Delhi about 3 months ago, where i had the pleasure of meeting fellow Team BHPian and Gurkha owner Manuuj, with his Green Gurkha aka Astreix.
I told the Sales Executive that i am interested in driving the vehicle but over a longer distance and on the highway.

Having been a previous Force Tempo Trax owner (2002-2008) and researched enough about the Gurkha 2021, my only concern has been about the engine and its power output. I do a fair amount of long distance driving and didn't want to be caught short on the highways, with a vehicle that was struggling. For reference my previous vehicle that I sold in May 2022 was the Thar CRDe 2015 version, which i drove for over 1 lakh kms as my daily driver.

The Test Drive & Feedback -

The Sales Executive was very accomodating and allowed me a long drive from Old Gurgaon to IFFCO Chowk, onto the Gurgaon Delhi Expressway and back to the Showroom. This would have been approximately 20+ kms of open highway driving. In which i put the Gurkha through its paces, yes it doesnt have the immediate grunt in low gears that one is used to from Mahindra vehicles but at about 2000-2200 RPM the vehice cruises with ease. Near Cyberhub i was at 100 kmph with no issues and carving through the traffic, at times having to switch lanes to get by slower cars. The Gurkha feels planted and there wasnt much roll while pulling these moves. The TD Vehicle itself wasnt in the best shape, the gears were very notchy and brakes soft; so one had to plan slightly ahead when braking at a higher speed.

Overall i was very satisfied with the experience, I can see this being a long distance cruiser in which one can do 100-110 in 5th gear for long stretches. The suspension, body roll and how it tackles bad roads is superior to both my Thar 2015 and the Thar 2020. I have driven both the Thar's extensively. The cabin space is much bigger and it easily has the most commanding view from the cockpit. Add to that its a proper 4 seater, with all captain seats and a proper luggage space.

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