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People who are willing to buy the historic SUV of India, Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, have time till December end to place a booking. The famed Maruti Suzuki Gypsy will see its last booking end of December 2018 as the company decides to discontinue the production of Gypsy. With aim to meet the new emissions and safety norms, the company will not update this model further. The fact that modifying Gypsy with airbag, ABS and BS6 compliant engine would be too costly for the present sales of this car, the discontinuance of the model stands economical.
Gypsy is renowned for off-road and rallies and has quite limited sales in India; 90% of its sales is to Government, armed forces for the supply of the SUV’s. Armed forces have commissioned the Tata Safari 4X4 model for the army in 2017, a contract of 3,192 units, under the category of vehicles named GS800 in recent periods. Having said that, Maruti Gypsy has been in the market for the last 3 decades, despite lacking the aforesaid features and it still remains a popular SUV among car lovers. Well, going back to the pricing and features, you would be shocked to learn that the heavily priced Maruti Gypsy at Rs. 7.5 lakh on road price doesn’t have air conditioning, power steering and also lacks a spine-shattering ride.
Back to history, Gypsy was manufactured in India in the December 1985 with engine capacity of 970 cc of F1017 Suzuki engine, A 4 cylinder and 1.0-liter engine with a code name of MG410. In July 1993, Maruti introduced “Wide Track Gypsy” by replacing the front as well as a rear track of wheels. Rear track of wheels had an increase in size by 90mm (1300mm) and front track of wheels were expanded from 1220mm to 1310 mm. The Wide Track Gypsy also eliminated the Aisin freewheeling hub to this model as it was sparingly used by the previous model MG410. The Wide Track Gypsy was called MG410W. Later Maruti launched M-valve G413W Gypsy in June 1996, by adding engine from the Esteem which was all aluminum (G13GBA engine) displacing 1.3L with 60bhp. Gypsy was mated to a new 5-speed gearbox called as the “Gypsy King”. Further, in March 2000, Company launched the 16-valve MPFI GB13BB engine whose power increased to 80bhp (60KW, 81 PS). The new MFPI Gypsy king received a brake booster and this vehicle was only available against booking the SUV with an advance payment and a waiting period of approximately 3 months.
The recent Maruti Gypsy model has a fuel economy of 12 KM/1 combined with a petrol engine of 1.3Litre/4 cylinders. The Fuel tank capacity of Gypsy is 40Litre and the curb weight ranges from 985 kg to 1050 kg and transmission stands at 5 speeds manual with horsepower of 59KW @ 6,000 rpm. The maximum payload the SUV can carry is up to 600 kg. With dimensions of 4,010mm L X 1,540mm W X 1,875mm H, Gypsy has brakes with boosters i.e. front disc of 250mm and rear disc of 220mm. This vehicle makes 80bhp of peak power and 103 Nm of peak torque. The gypsy comes with either canvas soft top or a factory fitted hard top and utilized as ambulance cars. It is available in either bucket seats or rear bench seats with a sizable trunk.
Maruti Gypsy was exported to countries like China and Kenya. In Europe, this vehicle is mostly found in Malta and Hungary. It is in contrast with Suzuki Jimmy. In some parts of India Gypsy is retrofitted with Nissan or Isuzu Diesel engines, but there are some issues with the RTO registration with retrofitted engines.
Maruti is likely to pull the plug on the operation of this famed Indian SUV by end-December 2018. With plans to replace the iconic Gypsy model with Suzuki Jimmy in the upcoming months, we only wait and watch whether the new model receives as much love and fame as our very own Gypsy!