Showing its love for the homegrown Indian machine, the Indian Army has recently placed an order for 2017 Maruti Gypsy for its fleet. While it’s been long time since the Maruti Suzuki has stopped manufacturing the iconic jeep for commercial market, the vehicle is still in huge demand for defence fleets.
The Maruti Gypsy was first launched in India in 1985. The popular utility vehicle came with a petrol powered engine later started to lose its charm with the entry of the more feature rich diesel powered SUVs. But is not the case for the Indian Army, which still has a deep love and trust for the popular SUV. Getting its first order in 1991, Maruti has delivered in excess of 35,000 Gypsy SUVs to the Army since then. Last year, the Indian car major got its single largest order from the Indian Army for over 4000 units of the same vehicle. In the last decade or so, the GS 500 category is dominated by the Gypsy and the vehicle is not likely to get phased out as of yet.
The Indian Army is known to have ordered 3200 vehicles of the Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari to replace its old fleet of SUVs. But they just don’t seem like parting with the age old favourite Maruti Gypsy. Apparently the order for these Maruti Gypsy was placed by the Indian Army few weeks ago and reports claim that the company will start the deliveries by next month. Currently Maruti sells the Gypsy at INR 6 lakh, which brings the total order value for Maruti Suzuki at INR 125 crore.
Coming to the iconic machine itself, the Maruti Gypsy is powered by a 1.3-litre MPFI Gasoline Engine the churns out 81 PS of max power and 103 Nm of peak torque. Power is transmitted to all the four wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.