Indian Army might soon phase out Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

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In a development that comes across as surprising, it has emerged that Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has been phased out by the Indian Army. The Gypsy is basically the last generation Jimny and has been on sale in India since time immemorial. The Gypsy started its Indian innings with a 1.0 litre engine that was later replaced by the Esteem’s G13 1.3 litre engine. The Gyspy king, with the MPFI engine and a wide body kit, has been a popular choice of many for its great off roader credentials.

The Indian army is the largest customer of the Gypsy and would most probably replace the Gypsy with a SUV which has a diesel engine, ABS, Airbags, an 800 Kilogram payload, power windows and a five door design.

The G13 1.3 litre petrol engine that powers the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has a max power output of 80 Bhp. However, it is being said that the Indian army’s new procurement guidelines specify a turbo diesel engine with at least 120 Bhp of power.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy 1.3 MPFI Specifications

Length 4010 mm
Width 1540 mm
Height 1845 mm
Seating Capacity 8 Person
Displacement 1298 cc
Fuel Type Petrol
Max Power 80 bhp @ 6000 RPM
Max Torque 103 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Mileage (ARAI) 11.96 kmpl
Transmission Type Manual
No of gears 5 Gears
Drivetrain FWD
Air Conditioner No
Power Steering No
Power Windows No
Central Locking No
Anti-Lock Braking System No
Airbags No
Seat Upholstery Fabric
Alloy Wheels No

News Source Livemint

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  • Fauji bhai says:

    what about that stupid jeep called mahindra…90% of the times it is in workshops…….painful vehicle…all senior officers should be given mahindra….now please dont say that “hamaare time pe to hamein “one tonne” yaa shaktimaan milti thhi…thats crap…

  • harpreet singh says:

    The Gypsy had MISERABLY failed in Mountain as well as Desert trials when it was tested in the 80′s which is the reason that Army formations in mountains or deserts do not use the same till date.
    Gypsy is used in the plains or hills only that too for staff duties & not for any combat roles. Ind Army was forced to take the Gypsy as MUL at that time was a PSU & a Congg dream project.

  • Nag says:

    Sad news…
    neither the Scorpio nor the ponderous Safari are a match to the mountain goat GYPSY – they shud have urged Maruti to plonk a diesel engine(Fiat D or maybe new Honda D)!

  • george says:

    Maruthi could have very well made an attempt to reduce the length by 15 mm to make below 4000 mm class and fix a diesel engine with power steering, AC, reworked suspension etc.. and pit it against theThar , so sad to see a classic die

  • MaSh says:

    Brilliant News… Hope this pushes Maruti to finally upgrade the Gypsy. Any guesses to what the Army could replace it with?