Maruti Gypsy: Why do people still buy it? We ask new buyers in India

Maruti Gypsy: Why do people still buy it? We ask new buyers

The Maruti Gypsy is easily among the most recognizable car brands in the country. In production since December 1985, the Gypsy has served the Government and many Defence Forces for a large part of its lifespan. That said, the Gypsy is also available to private car buyers, who can simply order this ‘mountain goat’ from an authorized Maruti Suzuki dealership. However, the question that arises is that why would anyone buy a Maruti Gypsy in this day and age. We got in touch with three Maruti Gypsy owners and asked them a set of questions to understand their perspective.

As you may already know, the Gypsy is an excellent off-roader. It’s pretty much invincible off the beaten tarmac, which is mainly due to the bulletproof 4×4 hardware, lightweight and a short wheelbase. No surprise, then, that the three Gypsy-owners seen below have a thing for off-roading. Let’s go thru their answers and see why they are in love with this dated but hugely capable machine.

#1 Henry Pervez, Gurgaon

maruti gypsy off road

Why a Gypsy?

Simply because it can go anywhere. I was looking for a vehicle that is capable both on the road and off it. The Gypsy turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

Do you own any other car(s)?

Yes, I have a BMW X5 and a Toyota Fortuner 4wd.

Are you serious about off-roading?

Well, at least I am trying to be good at it. Off-roading is something I wanted to explore and I think the Gypsy is the best tool for it.

Do you plan to modify your car? 

Yes, of course!

What all mods have you planned? 

Hi-performance shock absorbers, air intake, free flow exhaust, racing seats, AC, power steering.

Do you use it as a daily driver?

Not me, but my wife uses it to run small errands

Do you use you Gypsy for family-outings? 

Yes, often.

 

#2 Selvin Jose, Mumbai

Why a Gypsy?

It’s lightweight, very capable off the road, has cheap spares and is fun to drive.

Do you own any other car(s)?

Yes. I do own other cars. I have a Skoda Laura TSi and a Maruti Zen.

Are you serious about off-roading?

Yes. I am an off-roading enthusiast!

Do you plan to modify your car? 

Yes, for cross-country rallies.

What all mods have you planned? 

At least an upgraded suspension, free-flow exhaust, racing seats and a roll cage.

Do you use it as a daily driver?

Yes, this is my daily driver.

Do you use you Gypsy for family-outings? 

I have taken my family on small trips a few times. Generally, they prefer the higher comfort of my Laura.

#3 Hemant Dawar, Gurgaon

Why a Gypsy?

Gypsy is much more than just a logic. It’s a passion. It’s been an icon since my childhood.  It was an unfulfilled dream to own a Gypsy but it was put on the back-burner in the rat race of life and career. I started off-roading about a year ago and hence, I bought a Gypsy to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

Do you own any other car(s)?

Yes, I do. I have an Audi Q5, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Verna and a Hyundai i10. I also bought an LHD Willys Jeep recently.

Are you serious about off-roading?

Yes, I am very passionate about off-roading.

Do you plan to modify your car?

I have already modified it a great deal. My Gypsy has been kitted out with two roll cages (internal and external), a free flow exhaust, a 1.6-litre Petrol engine from the Maruti Baleno sedan, a bigger radiator, strengthened underpinnings, all-terrain tires, AC, power steering, and a remapped ECU.

Do you use it as a daily driver?

I want to. However, the recent ban on bull bars, plus the free flow exhaust, makes it illegal to use this car daily.

Do you use you Gypsy for family-outings? 

Not possible. It has just two seats and is not very comfortable on long drives.


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