Force Motors has finally introduced us to its much-anticipated five-door Gurkha. In the teaser image posted online, we can see the boxy SUV silhouette is intact but two new doors have been added to accommodate more passengers. This extended wheelbase version will give the new Mahindra Thar 5-door some serious competition in the lifestyle off-roader segment.

Force Gurkha

While details are still being worked out, the teaser image reveals some interesting design elements. They scream off-road capability with squared-off fenders and chunky tires. You can also see a snorkel to allow the engine to breathe while crossing the water. At the top, a sturdy storage area can hold your camping gear. And look at the spare wheel proudly mounted on the rear tailgate – now that’s hardcore!The green paint job gives it a military vibe too. You can totally imagine this Gurkha conquering difficult terrains that would leave other vehicles stranded. Force has built a name for themselves by creating tough, no-nonsense 4x4s and the 5-door promises to live up to that reputation. Can’t wait to take it bashing through mud trails!

Inside sources say Force will offer the 5-door in multiple seating layouts – 5, 6 or 7 seats depending on customer needs. Families who love the outdoors will appreciate the flexibility. You can bet the cabin will get some premium upgrades too like a touchscreen and leather seats (fingers crossed!). Comfort is important even when you’re conquering the wild. 

Under the hood, the trusted 2.6-liter diesel from Mercedes-Benz should provide plenty of low-end grunt. With 250Nm of torque available from just 1400rpm, the Gurkha will claw its way up any incline. Pair that with a 5-speed manual and low-range transfer case, you’ve got a recipe for adventure. Bring it on, mountain trails!

Pricing is expected to start around 16.5 lakhs ex-showroom which seems reasonable for an authentic off-roader. At that price point, the Force Gurkha 5-door will surely ruffle some feathers in the burgeoning lifestyle 4×4 segment. With its go-anywhere attitude and versatile seating, you can already feel this one will be a hit among outdoor enthusiasts and big families.  

Mark the words, once launched the 5-door Gurkha will have owners forming trail clubs all over the country. Weekend getaways will never be the same again! Everyone’s beyond excited to experience this beast in action. Till then, keep those teaser images coming Force – the anticipation is killing me! The off-road season can’t start soon enough.