Mahindra launched the second generation tar lifestyle SUV at the end of 2020. This model received an unprecedented response from buyers. Mahindra Thar currently orders a waiting period of one year or more. Force Motors also announced a new Gurkha off-road vehicle to be launched on September 27, 2021.
The new Force Gurkha is directly comparable to Mahindra Thar. Maruti Suzuki is also preparing to bring the new Jimny mini off-road vehicle to market. Tar and Gurkha will be offered as 3-door and 4-seater lifestyle SUVs, while the new Jimny will arrive as a 5-door version. However, Force Motors and Mahindra have already announced that they are working on a five-door version of the long wheelbase of Gurkha and Tar, respectively.
5 Door Force Gurkha
A new generation of Force Gurkha 5-door variants is currently under development. However, the confirmed release schedule has not been announced. The company will expand the wheelbase of its 5-door version of the SUV. Based on the new modular Cin C ladder frame chassis, the new Gurkha wheelbase is 2,400mm. The wheelbase of the 5-door model is expected to be 2,825mm, which is 425mm higher than the 3-door wheelbase.
The increase in wheelbase should free up more space for the second row, along with greater cargo carrying capacity. Equipped with an existing 2.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine, it produces 91PS and 250Nm of torque and may be combined with a 5-speed gearbox.
Mahindra has officially announced that a 5-door version of the Thar Lifestyle SUV will arrive by 2024. It is based on a modified version of the existing platform. The new 5-door tar has a longer wheelbase, an expanded body and new rear seat doors. SUVs provide more trunk space.
Like the 3-door model, the new tar comes with two engine options. 2.0 liter gasoline with mStallion turbo and 2.2 liter diesel with mHawk turbo. The former is suitable for 152bhp and 320Nm, while the oil burner produces 132bhp and 320Nm of torque. Transmission options include 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic. A four-wheel drive layout is standard equipment. The new model is expected to be powered by a 180m Stallion Pro turbo petrol engine, which allows Tar to achieve speeds of up to 180kmph. Diesel engines can be tuned to produce up to 160bhp output.
A 5-door version of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny is expected to be available by July 2022. The new model is mounted on a wheelbase that is 300mm longer, and the length of the SUV has also been extended by 300mm. Length 3,850 mm, width 1,645 mm, height 1,730 mm. The wheelbase of the SUV is 2,550mm and the minimum ground clearance is 210mm. The curb weight is 1190 kg, which is 100 kg higher than the 3-door Sierra.
The new Suzuki Jimny LWB will be powered by a 1.5-liter K15B petrol engine with a mild hybrid system. This engine produces 100bhp of output and 130Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic. International models may be equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine with a mild hybrid system.
5-door LWB version of Tar, Gurkha and Jimny to be released in India
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