It looks like that it is the end of the road for the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. On sale since 1985, the iconic 4×4 from Maruti will face discontinuation in March 2019. Bookings for the Maruti Gypsy will stop in the month of December 2018 itself.
A report published on NDTV states that Maruti Suzuki has decided not to upgrade the Gypsy for the upcoming safety and emission regulations. Hence, if you want a make this iconic Indian vehicle a part of your garage, this is the right time to do so. Currently, a showroom fresh, BS-IV complaint Gypsy will set to you back by 6.21 lakh for the soft top and 6.36 lakh if you go for the hard-top version.
The current iteration of this 4×4 comes with a 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine. This engine is capable of producing 80 BHP of power along with 105 Nm of peak torque. It comes with a permanent four-wheel drive system. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It also offers a low ratio mode.
The Maruti Gypsy has been an integral part of the Indian automotive industry. A major chunk of this 4×4 sales account for vehicles issued to the military forces, government officials and police. However, thanks to its lightweight construction, proven reliability and capable 4×4 system, it has found its way to the home of a number of off-road enthusiasts as well. Gypsy’s have always been an integral part of a number of rally sports in India.
Earlier this year, right after the debut of the 2018 Suzuki Gypsy, there were speculations of the same coming to Indian as a possible replacement for the Gypsy. However, Maruti officials have stated that they do not see a huge demand in the lifestyle segment and hence have for now kept plans for the launch of the Jimny in India on a hold.
However, with the relaxation of taxes on the import of up to 1,000 units of a product, there are chances that Maruti might consider bringing the Jimny to India. And is subsequently is the demand increases, even start locally producing the same.
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