It was long overdue and finally Maruti Suzuki has decided to put the brakes on its iconic model, the Gypsy, in the country. Dealers have been advised on not to take fresh bookings for the same.
With the largest Indian car maker pulling the plugs on one of its best selling model, it marks the end of an era for the Gypsy SUV. It was introduced in the country in 1985 and was the third product to be offered from the company. The highlight of the SUV was that it was readily available on a made-to-order basis over its life span.
The Gypsy, badged Jimny overseas, was introduced 3 decades ago and been in the same avatar, since. The major reason of the pull-out is that the model launched in the 1980s doesn’t meet the updated crash test norms and the new BSVI emission regulations.
The main reason for the model doing well and running for all these years is its strong off-road capabilities as the SUV came with an AWD and a high ground clearance of 210mm. The ladder-on-frame chassis and the rear wheel drive layout makes the Gypsy an obvious choice for rallies.
Powering the Gypsy was a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 16-valve unit that produces 80bhp at 600rpm and 103Nm of torque at 4500rpm and is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The SUV was priced at INR 6.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Unfortunately, we have to bid goodbye to the iconic SUV that served both civilians and the armed forces. we have to wait for Maruti Suzuki to formally announce its replacement, maybe we can finally get the Jimny.