Gypsy, a free-spirited person, always considers him the King. As the meaning to the word says, Maruti Gypsy has been the King of all times. It was introduced in the Indian market in 1985 and was in production till 2018.
Gypsy has been the childhood crush of most of the people. Being the best companion for Defence and paramilitary forces, that need a robust, off road vehicle to reach the tough-to-access places, the gypsy has made us proud for more than three decades. Maruti did not change anything besides the engine specifications since the production of the beast started.
Earlier, it was introduced with 1.0 L carborator engine powered by gasoline, but when people started feeling the urge of more power in gypsy, Maruti decided to launch the beast in 1.3 L carborator engine in 1996. And finally in 2000, Maruti introduced the real Maruti Gypsy King with 1.3 L engine powered by MPFI (multi point fuel injection) technology with four cylinders that gives a maximum power of 60 kw @ 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 103 Nm @ 4500 rpm. In the Indian market, Maruti Gypsy King was the cheapest and the most reliable 4 wheel drive vehicle available with a lot of tailor-made probabilities.
Over the last five years, Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has sold about 20,000 units whereas Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X4 has sold about 13,000 units despite Mahindra offering a diesel engine with independent rear suspension, air conditioning which the Gypsy has a dearth of.
In November 2018, Maruti pulled the plug of Maruti gypsy production line. As the Indian government has made the safety norms like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and airbags mandatory for the cars, the Maruti Suzuki India Limited decided to end the production of gypsy king. The Indian Army also has been possessing Tata Safari Storme since April last year. So with a few updates in the beast, the last booking was accepted on 30th of November last year. This has been a very heart-breaking moment for all the off-roaders.
Tittle-tattles have spread that MSIL (Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.) might launch their much-hyped Jimny compact SUV by the end of 2019. The Jimny is powered by 1.5 L turbo charged gasoline engine with 102 hp, 130 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. Although no official claims have been made yet about the launch by Maruti Suzuki india Limited but let’s keep our fingers crossed hoping that Maruti brings Jimny to the Indian roads soon.
But the real ruler can never be replaced. The heart-throb sensation of all times, Maruti Gypsy will always be missed by the car enthusiasts.