First launched in 1985, finally it is the end of the road for the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. An icon in every sense in the Indian car industry, the Gypsy will be remembered as one of the best cars from the Maruti Suzuki stable. Owing to poor sales, just a petrol engine which isn’t really efficient anymore and also since the car will not comply with the upcoming emission and crash test norms; Maruti Suzuki has finally discontinued this 4×4 vehicle. Also, the Gypsy is not even being purchased by the Indian armed forces.
33 years since launch, the Gypsy remains more or less unchanged. A design language which still looks good enough for a 4×4 vehicle though, the Gypsy is a modifiers delight, more like a canvas. Maruti Suzuki had already announced this move, and dealers are not accepting any more bookings and the stocks will be cleared soon. Production of the Gypsy has stopped.
The Gypsy first came with a 1.0L petrol motor in the MG410 variant with a 4-speed manual gearbox. Later, the Gypsy got a bigger 1.3L all-aluminium engine shared with the Esteem which was sold as the MG413 and this model got a 5-speed gearbox.
The Gypsy was the 3rd car launched by Maruti back in the day, after they successfully introduced the Maruti 800 SS80 and the Omni van.
A popular 4×4 car, capable of steep inclines, now remains something to be seen only at used car dealerships.