The King Of All Roads: Maruti Pulls Plug On The Iconic Gypsy
Maruti Gypsy, the iconic “King of all-roads” will be taken out of the production line by this March. Heart-breaking, isn’t it? Well, Maruti has finally decided to pull the plugs on India’s favourite 4x4 as new safety norms will become mandatory from April.
Gypsy has been in production for nearly three decades, popular among army, police and government officials. The current car comes with a 1.3 Lt MPFi BS4 engine that churns out 80 bhp and a max torque of 105 Nm. While the engine is BS4 compliant, the car fails to meet new safety norms and the requirement of ABS and airbags as standard will not be implemented in the Gypsy and hence, close of production.
While the production will continue till March to meet the remaining customers, its booking was stopped in December. The Gypsy ruled the Indian roads from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh. Rallyists and off-road enthusiasts found a great liking due to its simple, rugged build and the perfect base for customization.
As the reports go, Maruti is not interested in throwing more from its pockets just to make the current Gypsy compliant as the Defence sector has already stopped purchasing them resulting in a sharp decline in sales.
But ironically, the new Suzuki Jimny made its international debut recently and the car journalists are already going gaga over it. With production shutting down on Gypsy and new safety norms stepping in, we can expect the new Jimny making its way into the Indian market.