Force Gurkha vs Mahindra Thar: A Detailed Comparison

The long-awaited unveiling of the 2024 Force Gurkha SUV has ignited fervent discussions among off-road enthusiasts, especially as it now offers both 3-door and 5-door configurations, directly challenging the reigning champion, the Mahindra Thar. In this detailed analysis, we delve into the specifications of these two iconic off-roaders, scrutinizing their dimensions, off-road capabilities, powertrain options, and anticipated pricing. Let’s embark on a journey to understand how these rugged machines stack up against each other in the fiercely competitive realm of off-road vehicles.

Dimensions and Off-road Stats

Force Gurkha 3-door Mahindra Thar
Length: 3965mm 3985mm
Width: 1865mm 1855mm
Height: 2080mm 1844-1855mm
Wheelbase: 2400mm 2450mm
Ground Clearance: 233mm 226mm
Front/Rear Track: 1547mm/1490mm 1520mm/1520mm
Turning Circle Diameter: 10 meters 11.8 meters
Approach Angle: 39 degrees 41.8 degrees
Departure Angle: 37 degrees 36.8 degrees
Breakover Angle: 28 degrees 27 degrees
Water Wading: 700mm 650mm

In this comparison, the Mahindra Thar, available only as a 3-door, is measured against the Force Gurkha 3-door variant. The Thar is slightly longer by 20mm, while the Gurkha is 10mm wider and significantly taller by over 225mm. Despite its shorter wheelbase, the Gurkha offers a wider front track. Notably, the Gurkha also boasts a shorter turning circle diameter and higher water wading capacity compared to the Thar.

Engine, Gearbox, and Suspension

Force Gurkha 3-door Mahindra Thar 2.2 Mahindra Thar 1.5
Type: 4-cyl, turbo-diesel 4-cyl, turbo-diesel 4-cyl, turbo-diesel
Capacity: 2596cc 2184cc 1497cc
Power: 140hp 132hp 119hp
Torque: 320Nm 300Nm 300Nm
Gearbox: 5-speed manual 6-speed manual/6-speed auto 6-speed manual
Front/Rear Suspension: Independent double wishbone with coil springs/Multi-link with pan hard rod & coil springs Independent double wishbone with coil springs/Non-independent multi-link rigid axle & coil springs Independent double wishbone with coil springs/Non-independent multi-link rigid axle & coil springs
Drive Layout: 4WD 4WD RWD
Front/Rear Differentials: Manual locking differential/Manual locking differential Brake locking differential/Mechanical locking differential Brake locking differential/NA

The Force Gurkha is equipped with a Mercedes-sourced 2.6-litre diesel engine tuned to deliver 140hp and 320Nm torque, paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and 4WD. The Mahindra Thar offers a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 132hp and 300Nm torque, available with both manual and automatic transmissions. Additionally, a smaller 1.5-litre diesel engine option is available with rear-wheel drive.


The Mahindra Thar diesel ranges from Rs 11.25 lakh for the RWD version to Rs 17.60 lakh for the top-end LX Earth Edition hard-top automatic variant. The Force Gurkha prices are yet to be announced.

This comparison highlights the nuanced differences between the Force Gurkha and Mahindra Thar, offering insight into their dimensions, off-road capabilities, powertrain options, and expected price ranges.

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