Force Gurkha 2017 Xplorer/Xpedition vs Mahindra Thar – price, spec, design comparison

2017 Force Gurkha

While the Mahindra Thar is the most popular off-roader under 10 lakh, with its new updates the 2017 Force Gurkha has got a revival of sorts. The SUV has been updated to BS-IV compliance and gets minor cosmetic changes.

Here’s a small comparison of both the cars:

Force Gurkha 2017 vs Mahindra Thar – Price

The base Mahindra Thar model is cheaper than the new Force Gurkha by more than 1 lakh rupees. It’s still cheaper with option 4WD on board.

 Model     Price (Ex-showroom, New Delhi)
 2017 Force Gurkha Xpedition Rs. 8.38 lakh
2017 Force Gurkha Explorer   Rs 9.36 lakh
 Mahindra Thar Di 2WD  Rs 6.13 lakh
 Mahindra Thar  CRDe 4WD  Rs 8.85 lakh

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Force Gurkha 2017 vs Mahindra Thar – Exterior

The Mahindra Thar has a very familiar, lovable design but the Force Gurkha is definitely more imposing. It takes obvious inspirations from the Mercedes G Wagon and has segment exclusive features like a hardtop, 5-doors and a high rise snorkel intake (with best in class water wading capability).

Overall exterior quality and finesse feel better on the Mahindra Thar. The Gurkha, however, benefits from a number of standard customizations. While its base Xpedition trim is only available as a 5-door, hardtop, the top explorer trim is available as either a 3-door or 5-door, with a soft top option available on the former. The interior seating arrangement can also be selected as per customer’s wish.

 

Dimensions Force Gurkha     Mahindra Thar
 Wheelbase     2400 mm  2430 mm
 Length     3992 mm  3920 mm
 Width     1790 mm  1726 mm
 Height     2055 mm  1930 mm
 Ground Clearance     205 mm  200 mm

Force Gurkha water wading

 

Force Gurkha 2017 vs Mahindra Thar- Interior

Interior of either of these two SUVs is nothing to write home about. However, in comparison, the Thar is better (in the CRDe variant) with pod type instrument cluster, better steering wheel and circular air con vents (on the top model). The new Gurkha gets updated 4-spoke steering wheel, new AC knobs, and better plastic, but it still feels outdated.

It may not look it but the Mahindra Thar also has 30mm more wheelbase and 100 liter more boot space (600L).

Force Gurkha 2017 vs Mahindra Thar- Engine

Force Gurkha 3 door

Powering the Force Gurkha is a 2.6-litre diesel engine producing 85 bhp and 230 Nm. The Thar CRDe gets a more powerful 2.5-litre TCI- CRDe engine that is capable of 105 bhp and 247 Nm. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

The base trim of the Mahindra Thar is however only capable of producing 63bhp and 182.5Nm.

 

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