Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is an iconic SUV from the carmaker. Its astonishing off-road capabilities made it a king on and off the road. It was also widely used by the Indian armed forces. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy still has a massive fan base even though Maruti stopped its production in 2019.
Maruti had to end the production of the Gypsy because it was not able to meet the new crash test norms and regulations which were introduced in April 2019, as it cannot accommodate ABS and airbags.
From its launch in 1985, till its production ended in 2019, Gypsy has gone through minimal changes in the long 33 years of its successful run. The shell of the Gypsy has never been changed and the vehicle continues to have leaf spring suspension on the front and rear axles.
let’s go back in time and see the different updates Gypsy received over the years.
Maruti Gypsy MG410 (1985-1993)
This was the first model of Gypsy that came out of the factory doors. This model was powered by a four-cylinder, 1-litre petrol engine that produced 45BHP and 90Nm of torque. The car also came with a four-speed transmission and a part-time four-wheel drive, with a low-range gearbox.
This model had Aisin manual free-wheeling hubs that reduced drag on the transmission when driving on tarred roads.
Maruti Gypsy MG410W (1993-1999)
The second generation of Maruti Gypsy was introduced in the year 1993. The bumpy ride quality and the narrow wheel- track which was prone to overturn was fixed by increasing the distance between the wheel axles by 90mm. This resulted in reducing the centre of gravity of the SUV.
The company also got rid of the Aisin freewheel hubs and the wheels now came out of the body lines. Even though the engine remained unchanged, Catalytic converters were added in the later models.
Maruti Gypsy King MG413W (1996-2000)
The third generation Gypsy was the answer to all the requests Maruti had been receiving over the years. The model came with a powerful 1.3-litre engine from the Maruti Esteem. The transmission was changed to a 5-speed manual transmission.
This update increased the top speed of Maruti Gypsy, and its engine now produced 60BHP of power and 99 Nm of torque.
Other changes made by Maruti were adding new headlamps, new decals and the bonnet got a small hump to suit the new engine.
King MG413W (2000-2019)
The final generation of Gypsy came out in the year 2000. The engine now had a fuel injection system instead of the carburetor. This replacement increased the Gypsy’s power to 80 BHP and torque was 103 Nm. No major changes were added to the SUV over the years, other than booster-assisted brakes instead of the earlier non assisted disks in front and drums at the rear set up.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny
Maruti has been planning to launch Maruti jimmy as a replacement for the Gypsy in 2022. We expect the Jimny to feature a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol motor. It churns out 101bhp and 138Nm of torque mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. We’ll have to wait and see if jimmy will be able to fill in the huge gap left by the legendary Gyspy. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.