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The Gurkha Reborn | More Power, More Doors, More Desirable | Still Need A Thar?

Finally, Force has delivered! This is a worthy addition to any garage.

For

Build, power, noises, off road capability

Against

Interiors still not upto date, lacks modern features, lacks variants, infotainment screen is bad

Interior

While comfort and features have been added, the interior doesn't quite match the exterior's ruggedness. It feels like a different car, but undeniably better than before. New features include a driver's information display, an aftermarket Nippon screen for connectivity, driver's armrest with ratchet operation, an electronic shifter for the differential gearbox, new center console buttons, and a more powerful AC.

The practicality has certainly improved. However, ingress and egress require a certain level of fitness – it's quite a climb. While the front row offers decent space, the second row suffers from limited knee room, a flat and upright bench, and power window controls that hit your knees. Still, it's a significant improvement over the three-door.

Surprisingly, the rear seats (individual chairs without armrests) offer the second-best space and comfort. Accessing them, however, remains a challenge. The five-door variant boasts a dedicated rear AC unit with its own cooling coil.



TopGear Magazine June 2024