Scoop! Force Gurkha spotted with emission testing equipment

A test mule of what appears to be the next-gen Force Gurkha has been spotted testing in Pune. The Mercedes G-Class-inspired SUV is scheduled to be launched in the 2nd half of 2020.

From the outside, the SUV bears resemblance to the model showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The test mule appears to be a lower variant due to its steel rims, standard halogen headlamps and openable side rear windows. The car appears to be laden with test equipment which could be for the BS6 emission norms.

The car at the Auto Expo had 2 captain seats in the 2nd row and side facing jump seats in the back. It was equipped with LED headlamps, fender mounted marker / indicator combination light and a snorkel intake.

The new Gurkha will be powered by a BS6-compliant 2.6-litre diesel engine producing 89 BHP. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed transmission and an all-wheel drive system. The SUV comes equipped with an independent front suspension and a rigid axle at the rear.

Last month, the company launched the BS6 Trax Cruiser & Toofan which could suggest that the Gurkha’s launch might be around the corner. The Force Gurkha will compete with the recently launched Mahindra Thar.

Thanks to Niladri Haldar for sending these images in. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing them with other enthusiasts via this Team-BHP page!

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