The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is easily among the most capable off-roaders reasonable money can buy. Its peppy petrol engine, short wheelbase, low kerb weight and competent 4×4 hardware make it really capable off the road. No wonder, then, that it’s been fairly popular among many hardcore off-roading enthusiasts. The video we have here, however, shows how a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy fails to drive up a steep incline. What’s really interesting is that a vintage Jeep CJ that attempts the same climb comes out with flying colours. In spite of Gypsy being one of the most capable off-roaders around, the Jeep CJ3B, which must be decades older than the Gypsy, manages to outclass the Japanese off-roader.
As you can see in the video, the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, which seems to have been rally-tuned (you can notice the roll cage, free flow exhaust, etc), fails to climb up a steep incline. You can hear the bystanders advising the Gypsy driver to go clean the tires as they have been completely smeared in mud. It may be noted here that such tires aren’t the most useful as they offer a much lower traction. Next, the Jeep CJ3B attempts the climb. After building some momentum, the CJ3B manages to climb up the incline in its second attempt. What’s really remarkable is that the vintage Willys Jeep makes it all look so effortless. This video clearly shows that there’s really no parallel to the highly rugged Willys Jeeps of the vintage era.
The Jeep CJ3B you see here is powered by a 2.2-litre, Hurricane, four-cylinder petrol engine that offers a maximum power of 72 bhp along with a peak torque of 154 Nm. The CJ3B offered 4×4 hardware along with a low transfer case. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, on the other hand, comes with a 1.3-litre, G13, four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 80 bhp along with a peak torque of 103 Nm. Akin to the Jeep CJ3B, the Gypsy comes with 4×4 and a low transfer case. However, the CJ3B really outclasses the Japanese SUV in the above video. Much of this is due to the higher torque and better approach angle. It’s really interesting to see how a vintage Jeep out-performs a more modern Japanese off-roader.
Video courtesy – Rahul Roy on Facebook