Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. The name that rings a bell in the ears of Petrolheads, off-roaders, rallying enthusiasts and drivers alike, the armed forces have been a faithful customer to the Gypsy ever since it was launched, Gypsy’s are also used at forest ranges and wildlife sanctuaries. Even though, it’s almost 3 decades old, there is a reason why we all love the Gypsy. Its lightweight body, coupled with the rev-happy engine and a tough rugged body shell gave the Gypsy the ability to drive through any terrain with ease and withstand any kind of abuse while at it.
But, these days there is a steep drop in the demand for the Gypsy and there is a reason for this. Even though the Gypsy was fun to drive, the ride quality was bone-shattering, there were no features at all, the technology used was too old and the car could not make it through the emissions regulations and hence cannot be sold in BS4 certified cities. Consumers in today’s generation demand more features for a lesser price, and getting no features at all was a turn-off. Even the armed forces, who has been a loyal Gypsy customer wanted to move on to more luxurious, comfortable and safer SUV’s.
Since the armed forces announced this, car manufacturers have been scrambling to bag the deal for the next SUV of the armed forces, Mahindra, Tata and Nissan had already started working on prototypes. But, after being the provider for the armed forces for all these years, Maruti Suzuki does not want to back out now, and wants to guard its position.
According to rumours brewing at Maruti Suzuki dealerships across the country, the car manufacturer is said to be working on a new updated Gypsy. This new Gypsy would be emissions compliant and would have all sorts of comfort and safety features like, Airbags, ABS, central locking, Air-conditioning, better suspension etc… the new Gypsy would be powered by the 1.2-litre G12B petrol engine currently used in the Eeco and another engine option would be, the famous 1.3-litre multijet DDiS turbo-diesel. The Gypsy can also get excise benefits for the 1.2-litre petrol engine as, the length of the car right now is, 4010mm and by getting it to duck under 4000mm, it can benefit from excise gains.
The new Gypsy will be made in large numbers for the Armed Forces, but will also be available for civilians to purchase.
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Source – Team-BHP