Maruti Suzuki Gypsy - two door offroader - discontinued in India
New Delhi : Maruti Suzuki's iconic two-door offroader SUV Gypsy has been discontinued in India. It was officially launched in the country in 1985 and since then it had been the longest running model in production.
Releasing official information to the dealers, the automaker has asked them not to accept any new booking for the Gypsy. The SUV was already available on a made-to-order basis and has remained largely the same over the past three decades.
Badged as the Suzuki Jimny overseas, the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy arrived in India 33 years ago in its second generation and has been sold in the same avatar ever since.
In the international market, the car was upgraded to the third generation in 1998 and the fourth generation of the car was released in the last year.
The original design that dates back to the 1980s wouldn't meet the updated crash test norms as well as the upcoming emission regulations that require vehicles to meet the BS6 norms. This means, it's end of the road for the iconic model that has not only been sold to civilians but also served in the armed forces.
The SUV had always attracted eyes for being one of the most easy to drive off-roaders. It had options of AWD with a massive ground clearance of 210 mm. In fact, the car was even seen in most of the rally races across the world.
The Maruti Gypsy was originally launched with a 970 cc F10A four-cylinder petrol engine, but was later upgraded to a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol.
The Gypsy was the third offering from Maruti after the 800 and the Omni. The SUV achieved a cult status amidst 4x4 purists and they'll certainly be sad to see the icon go away.
Now, it will be interesting to see what will be its replacement from Maruti in India. While, we see it as creating a way for Jimmy in the market. However, no official word has come till now on that.