Gypsy is a popular sports utility vehicle launched by Maruti in India. Read this review and learn about the features and specifications of Maruti Gypsy King (Hard top, soft top and ambulance variants).

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Gypsy is the Indian version of the popular Suzuki SJ Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Maruti Udyog Ltd. started the manufacture of Gypsy in India in the year 1987. The low-cost SUV is extensively used by the police and defense forces in the country, apart from being a part of rally events. The tough build of Gypsy can withstand extreme weather condition, ranging from snowy hilly area and rough deserts to streams and dirt tracks.

Maruti Gypsy is powered by MPFI engine. The maximum power of 80 bhp @ 6000 rpm makes it easier for passing through streams. The engine quickly heats up under extremely cold conditions and avoids being over-heated in hot climate terrain. The maximum torque of Gypsy is 103 Nm @ 4500 rpm. The 1300 cc gasoline engine is lighter than the diesel one, which helps in ensuring better control, more power and greater receptiveness.

Design And Comfort
Over the passing years, a few modifications have been done in the design of Maruti Gypsy, in order to improvise its looks. The new model comes with a wider track and all-round leaf suspension. However, the original three-door layout has remained unchanged. Gypsy features a sturdy and robust structure, which is specially designed to ensure smooth drive in rugged terrain. The added advantage it its light weight. However, the 'too little' legroom and high-floor seats make Gypsy less suitable for family use.

Maruti Gypsy is a utilitarian SUV, with basic and functional interiors. The ruf-n-tuf vehicle is equipped with a handy grab-rail and lockable glove box. To give a commanding view of the road, the front seats of the SUV have been high-set. The soft-top variant of the vehicle comes with two centre-facing benches, while the hardtop Gypsy offers a conventional bench.

Ride And Handling
The 5-speed gearbox of Maruti Gypsy provides better mileage and high cruising speed on highways. The good, power to weight ratio, of 0.0812, gives better acceleration and makes it safer to cross dirt tracks. The high thermal conductivity of the engine enables the SUV to give off heat much faster on a hot terrain. The higher ground clearance of Gypsy ensures better off-road (rough terrain) handling. Although it has a gigantic structure, the automobile is very lightweight as compared to other SUVs.
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The diaphragm spring clutch of Gypsy, designed to withstand higher rotational speeds, reduced wear and tear of its parts. The steering damper protects the steering wheel, thereby avoiding discomfort of sudden jerks due to potholes and bumps. However, Gypsy lacks reel-type seatbelts and airbags, which is a major drawback of the SUV when it comes to safety.

Maruti Gypsy Price, Variants And Color
The three variants of Maruti Gypsy include soft-top, hardtop, and ambulance. Gypsy Soft Top Bharat III Non-Metallic is priced at Rs. 4,86,545, while the current price of the hard top (non-metallic) is Rs. 5,06,227 (approx). The metallic versions of soft-top Gypsy and hard top one are priced at Rs. 4,89,438 and Rs. 5,09,119.00, respectively. The colors of Maruti Gypsy include bright red, silky silver, icy blue and superior white.

Maruti Gypsy Mileage
Complementing each and every type of terrain, Maruti Gypsy generates an average mileage of 11-14 kmpl on its petrol variant with manual transmission.

Technical Specifications of Maruti Gypsy
Model Maruti Gypsy
Body Type SUV
Number Of Doors 3
Seating Capacity 7
Fuel Capacity 40 liters
Length 4010 mm
Width 1540 mm
Height 1875/1845 mm
Wheelbase 2375 mm
Ground Clearance 210 mm
Minimum Turning Radius 6.0 m
Kerb Weight 985 kg/1,040kg
Type 13BB MPFI 16 Valve Gasoline
Number Of Cylinders 4
Displacement 1298 cc
Transmission Five forward (all Synchromesh), One reverse
Max. Power 80 bhp @6000 rpm
Max. Torque 103 Nm @ 4500 rpm
Front Suspension Rear Leaf spring with Double action damper
Rear Suspension Rear Leaf spring with Double action damper
Front Disc
Rear Drum
Steering Type Rack & Pinion
Tyre Size 205/70R15

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