Ever thought how would a Maruti Gypsy with tank tracks look like? Check it out here.
Maruti Gypsy was one of the most capable 4x4s ever sold in the country. It was a bare-bones off-roader that offered no luxury or creature comfort in its stock avatar. However, it offered a lot of room for potential modifications to excel off the road. Very soon, Maruti would be launching the next-gen Gypsy, which will be a derivative of the 4th-gen Jimny that was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Jimny will be a better car as a daily driver, but we believe it would not offer as much flexibility as the Gpysy does in terms of modifications. Spotting a big-wild Gypsy with raised suspension and massive tyres are not the type of modification we are talking about here. Instead, this Gypsy with tank tracks, slaying on some deep snow, is what we mean.
This Gypsy in the pictures can be seen with a set of continuous tracks in place of tyres. Apart from this modification, the Gypsy has not undergone much change. It sports the stock hardtop. Talking of the tracks, they are medium of propulsion for vehicles, made with continuous chains. In comparison to tyres, these tracks are far better in performance on soft terrains such as sand and snow. Since these are wide structures, they possess a greater surface area and contact patch, thereby reducing the chances of sinking down the sand or snow, as the weight of the vehicle gets distributed over a larger area rather than being concentrated to a point. However, this Gypsy continues with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Why? We don’t know that yet.
The tank tracks have improved the capabilities of this Gypsy by a great margin.
The Gypsy was a derivative of the 2nd-generation Jimny that Suzuki sold across the world. In India, it offered an extended wheelbase in comparison to the international-spec Jimny. The history is expected to repeat itself with the 4th-generation Jimny as well. The new Jimny is expected to be launched in the country by early 2021. Rumours say that it will be an extended wheelbase version of the Jimny Sierra that is sold internationally, and will sport 5 doors instead of 3. Also, it will be a petrol-only car like the Gypsy and will use a 1.5L block that will belt out 104 BHP/138 Nm. It will be offered with 2 transmission options - 5-speed MT and 4-speed AT, while the low-range transfer case will come as a standard affair across the range.