Maruti Suzuki Gypsy booking stops across India. Indian Army’s decision not to renew the contract has majorly contributed to this decision
Maruti Suzuki has ended an iconic chapter of its journey in India. The brand has pulled the plug on Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. Maruti Suzuki dealerships across the country have received instruction not to accept bookings for the Gypsy. While sales of the SUV has been in a poor state for a long time, the Indian Army’s decision of not renewing the contract for Maruti Gypsy has forced the brand to take this bitter decision.
Not only losing the contract from Indian Army but the inability to meet the upcoming emission and safety norms are other reasons for the SUV to be discontinued. No wonder the car was suffering from anaemia due to lacklustre sales but one cannot deny the undying appeal of Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.
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The Gypsy has been one true blue off-roader. An agile character with a 4×4 drivetrain, tough chassis and a powerful petrol engine are the ingredients that made this SUV a very appealing one. Not only the off-roading enthusiasts but many rally drivers too preferred the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy over any other car. It was a key part of Raid de Himalaya and the national parks across the country use this car for tourism and patrolling.
A price bracket of Rs 6-10 lakh was another USP behind the Gypsy. So far it has been one of the most popular SUVs of all time in India.
Meanwhile, removal of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy from the lineup gives the automaker another reason to bring the much awaited Jimny in India. The new Suzuki Jimny has already won hearts across the world. In India too, this has impressed people and there is pretty good interest in the SUV. If launched and priced right, the Jimny could prove to be a very successful SUV for the brand.
However, Maruti Suzuki has shied away from revealing details about its plan to launch Jimny in India. But, considering the growing demand and popularity of SUVs in India, Jimny has a strong chance to launch in India. Alongside the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, it will strengthen the lineup of India’s number one carmaker.