Extreme Force Gurkha takes on the established Mahindra Thar

Friday 24 May 2013, 10:02 AM by

Adventure enthusiasts, or individuals having penchant for off road drives, who do not just drive a car but enjoy every moment attached to it; it is nothing more than a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that they should be owing. Fulfilling all such requirements, Force Gurkha and Mahindra Thar are two such SUVs that compete against each other and are the kind of vehicles that a number of people would like to own. Cartrade.com has come up with essential details of the models, which will surely help the individuals decide that which among the two is doing a good job, according to their requirements.

Extreme Force Gurkha takes on the established Mahindra Thar | CarTrade.com
Extreme Force Gurkha takes on the established Mahindra Thar

Force Motors Gurkha comes assimilated with a 2.2 litre OM611 turbo diesel engine, which churns out a maximum power of 140 bhp with a highest torque of 320 Nm. On the other hand, Mahindra Thar has been offered in two versions, namely CRDe and DI. The model equipped with CRDe Turbocharged Intercooled engine has a displacement of 2498 cc, whereas the other DI variant has a engine capacity of 2532 cc. Individuals going for DI variant are offered with an option of either 2WD or 4WD, mated to 5-speed manual and 2 speed gear reduction. The engine of Thar belts out a peak power of 105 bhp at 3800 rpm, along with a maximum torque of 247 Nm at a fairly low 1800-2000 rpm.

Coming to the exterior designing of both the models, Gurkha is a sturdy looking vehicle that flaunts its masculine credentials. Its front fascia has been provided with a complete overhaul, which creates dominance over the India roads. Gurkha's tubeless tyres of 245/70 R16 provides a decent grip to the utility vehicle, which makes it one of the best options for off road driving. Mahindra Thar, on the other hand, has been offered as a jeep, which makes it look like a unique and bold vehicle among other models of the SUV segment. The conventionally designed edgy rectangular front glass of Thar is quite tough and solid, making it a suitable vehicle for terrain driving.

The interiors of Gurkha are as appropriate as its exteriors for an off roader. Its passengers are provided with excellent space and handful of features, which makes it a good deal. The designing of the model clearly indicates that it has been made for long drives and smooth journeys over potholes. The driver of the vehicle is provided with power steering, adjustable driver seat and steering mounted controls for music system. Coming to the Thar, it is said to be car of the tough roads and arid deserts. It has ample space for leg room and the most appealing head room, especially in the open roof variant. It can easily accommodate 7 individuals with ease, which makes it the most comfortable and spacious vehicle to embark on long trips with several great features included.

Among all the major highlights, the ruining cost of the vehicle also plays a significant role. Force Motors Gurkha delivers a fuel efficiency of around 16 kmpl, whereas Thar covers a distance of around 15 kmpl. With these figures, industry experts are of a view that the mileage of both the vehicle are almost same and thus, it will not play a major role in the competition aspect of the models. Coming to the price, Gurkha is being offered between Rs. 6.25 lakhs and Rs. 8.5 lakhs, whereas Thar falls in a price bracket of Rs. 4.7 lakh and Rs. 7.1 lakh.

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