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Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has carved a niche for itself as one of the most capable off-road vehicles in India since its introduction in the 1980s. Based on the Suzuki Jimny, the Gypsy’s strong ladder-frame chassis, low-range gearbox and live-axle suspension allow it to conquer rugged terrain. Here’s how it stacks up against other hardcore off-roaders in India:
Vs. Mahindra Thar:
The iconic Thar with its body-on-frame construction is the Gypsy’s closest rival. While the newer second-gen Thar offers more comfort and tech, the Gypsy can match its raw off-road prowess with comparable approach angles, water wading capacity and rock-crawling abilities. The Thar gets the edge for everyday driveability.
Vs. Force Gurkha:
The Gurkha shares the Gypsy’s old-school ladder-frame and live-axle layout aimed at serious off-roading. Its higher 207mm ground clearance and water wading capacity of 550mm gives it an edge over the Gypsy’s 180mm clearance and wading depth of 300mm. However, the Gypsy’s lighter weight provides a nimble feel over rocks and loose surfaces.
Vs. Isuzu D-Max V-Cross:
The V-Cross picks up points for its much-improved on-road comfort, higher top speed and cruising refinement compared to the Gypsy. However, with its monocoque construction and independent suspension, the V-Cross falls behind the Gypsy’s ruggedness over demanding off-road terrain with uneven rocks and deep ruts.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy price in India, colors, mileage, top speed, features, specs, and competitors:
|Price||₹6.50 – ₹6.64 lakh (ex-showroom)|
|Colors||Olive Green, Desert Storm|
|Mileage||11.96 kmpl (ARAI)|
|Top speed||140 km/h|
|Features||4×4 drivetrain, manual transmission, 1298cc engine, 80 bhp power, 103 Nm torque, power steering, central locking, power windows, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes|
|Specs||Wheelbase: 2400 mm, Ground clearance: 210 mm, Length: 3685 mm, Width: 1735 mm, Height: 1855 mm|
|Competitors||Mahindra Bolero, Mahindra Thar, Force Gurkha|