Maruti Gypsy outsold the Toyota Fortuner on the sales chart for June 2020. However, all of these sales for the Gypsy come from the defence services.
Maruti Gypsy known to us is the second generation of the Suzuki Samurai that was sold in the international markets. However, the Gypsy came with a longer wheelbase. In spite of enjoying an iconic status, it was sadly discontinued from the Indian market in March last year. The decision came in as Gypsy failed to comply with new safety norms and emission compliances. Nevertheless, it made its way back to the production line in March, earlier this year, albeit temporarily. The reason for the Gypys’s comeback is the order of 3,051 units that Maruti has received from the Ministry of Defence. With the order in place, Maruti has delivered a total of 718 units of the Gypsy to the defence services in June 2020.
Thia is even higher than the total sales figure of Toyota Fortuner for June 2020, which hovers at 713 units only. Considering the sales figures for the same month last year, the Gypsy has registered a growth of over 100 per cent. The Fortuner, on the other hand, sees a massive sales drop of 42 per cent on YoY basis. However, it should be noted that the production of Gypsy has commenced only on the special requirement for defence services and the car is not on sale for private buyers.
Talking of the specifications, Maruti offered the Gypsy with a 1.3L naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol motor. This G13BB motor is capable of putting out a peak power output of 81 PS and a max torque of 103 Nm. It came mated to a 5-speed MT with a low-range transfer case that could send the power to all 4-wheels of the car with 2 different reduction ratios.
For the private buyers, Maruti is considering a 5-door avatar of the 4th-gen Jimny, which is likely to be launched by the beginning of next year. It is already on sale in the international markets with a 1.5L 4-cylinder petrol motor that develops 104 PS of peak power and 138 Nm of max torque. It comes with 2 transmission options – 5-speed MT and 4-speed AT. It also gets a 4wd system with a low-range transfer case that sends the power to the rigid axles at both the ends. Interestingly, even this model will come in a long-wheelbase avatar to the Indian market.