Posted On : 05 Mar, 2019
India, March 5, 2019 : Maruti Suzuki India has officially discontinued the Gypsy after 33 years in production. While the SUV is still listed on the company's official website for India, the dealers have been asked not to accept any fresh bookings as there will not be any production or dispatches of the model.
Maruti Suzuki launched the Gypsy in 1985 in the Indian market, and since then it became the backbone of the fleet of vehicles owned by the Indian Armed Forces. It was the third vehicle launched by the brand in the Indian market after the Maruti 800 and the Maruti Omni. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy became made-to-order towards the end of its life cycle. Customers had to book the vehicle after which Maruti Suzuki made the vehicle.
The company's off-roader will not be able to meet the upcoming crash-test norms, and the Gypsy in its current form would not have been able to pass the test. Maruti Suzuki has discontinued the model due to deficient demand in the market, and a replacement model is not expected to launch in the Indian market anytime soon.
The petrol engine powered Maruti Suzuki Gypsy took on the vehicles like Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha in the Indian market. It was also the most affordable 4X4 vehicle in the market. The Gypsy also became the favourite choice of many rally teams due to its lightweight, which made it very capable off-the-road.
The Armed Forces and other police forces were the biggest consumers of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in India. It should be noted that the Tata won the bid to supply the personal vehicles for the Armed forces in India and they have started dispatching specially made Tata Storme to the troops.
Internationally Gypsy has been replaced by its successor Jimny last year. The vehicle has become extremely popular in the global markets too, but it is highly unlikely to arrive in India due to weak demand for the 4X4 models in the country. However, it is not entirely written-off and may launch in the future.