The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has been appreciated by private buyers as well as the Indian Army and police since its launch in India. With the increasing technology, convenience and introduction of international car brands in India, the Gypsy eventually began losing steam amongst private buyers. Very few of the enthusiastic audience opt for the Gypsy to modify and use it as a rally car or off-roading vehicle. However, the Gypsy remains the ideal weapon for transport for the Indian Army since its introduction in our country.
Recently, the Indian Army released specifications for a tougher, more powerful and safer fleet of vehicles. Their requirements included vehicles equipped with airbags, anti-lock braking system, air-conditioning, power windows, five doors and central locking. Mahindra, Tata Motors and Nissan were said to be working on such prototypes but now, according to the rumours at Maruti dealerships, the carmaker is considering to update the Gypsy significantly to meet some of the requirements of the Indian Army.
The updated Gypsy could be launched with new engine options including a 1.2-litre G12B petrol engine that powers the Eeco currently and the famous Fiat sourced 1.3-litre turbo diesel unit. The 1.3-litre diesel powered Gypsy could be a big challenger for the Mahindra Thar. Currently the Gypsy is powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine that produces 80 BHP of power and 103 Nm of torque. The 1.2-litre motor can give excise concessions to the Gypsy. Altering its bumpers can also help Gypsy duck under the sub-4 metre category, as it measures 4010 mm in length currently.
Source – Team-BHP.com