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30 years of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy: Full History & Review included!

  • Mar 01, 2015
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The sound of birds chirping as the sun rises across the horizon, that smell of fresh morning air, and without disturbing the calm too much, a petrol engine fires up, settles down and drives away in a smooth manner. This has been a constant for over two decades now.

Welcome to the lush green tea gardens of Assam. And that petrol engine mentioned above belongs to a symbol of power in these places, it’s called the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. At this point you are wondering how a Maruti Gypsy can be a symbol of power?

Let me tell you a story of a little boy. This boy, like every little boy loves cars. But the Gypsy captures his attention more than any other vehicle. This is because in the tea garden that he lives in, the head of the garden who calls all the shots, drives one as he goes around the scenic property day after day, keeping an eye on everything and making sure that all of its machinery and some 3,000 employees function like clockwork. As the Gypsy drives by, it gets a silent salute from others around here.

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And then during the evening, his friends would sometimes come to visit him. They too would come in their Gypsys. One green in colour, with a number plate than made no sense to the boy. And another white one, with a red beacon on top. These too are powerful people who bear a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. Surely then, the Gypsy is a symbol of power in this small part of the world.

Now, the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has been on sale in India for three decades, since it hit the market here in 1985!

And even 30 years after it went on sale here, little has changed. The body structure of the SUV remains identical and mechanically it has gone through only one major engine change since the Gypsy went into production on Indian soil! To the eyes of people here though, the Gypsy has remained the same ever since they first saw it. And locals still describe it, as the chariot of the kings!



 

History Lesson

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1. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy MG410

Let’s start from the beginning. In the year 1985, Maruti Suzuki in India launched the four-wheel drive Gypsy SUV in India, which was badged as the Suzuki Jimny ‘SJ410’ in international markets. When it was launched, the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy bore the model code ‘MG410’. When you decode the badge it stands for MG - Maruti Gypsy, 4 - four-wheel drive and 10 stood for its 1.0 litre engine.

The Gypsy’s 1.0 litre, four cylinder F10A petrol engine was carburetted and was mated to a four-speed manual gearbox that sent power to the rear wheels in two-wheel drive mode. The engine developed a maximum power output of 46PS that gave the vehicle a top speed of about 100km/h.

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4WD

The four-wheel drive transfer case of the Gypsy came with four selectable modes, namely, 2H, N, 4L and 4H. 2H stands for Two-wheel High. The transfer case of the Gypsy is normally kept in this mode for standard driving. The N or Neutral mode disengages the rear differential from the powertrain and the vehicle does not move in this setting. 4L stands for four-wheel Low, when the going gets tough, the Gypsy’s low ratio sends maximum torque to all four wheels to get the vehicle out of sticky situations. 4H stands, for four-wheel high. In this mode the Gypsy can travel at higher speeds with four-wheel drive engaged. This is ideal for driving over sand, snow and light mud.

Maruti Suzuki had fitted the Gypsy’s 4WD transfer case with a freewheeling mechanism on the front axles. This allowed users to manually twist a knob on the front wheels to unlock the front axles from the hub when 4x4 was not being used. This helped in improving fuel efficiency by reducing running gear count and friction.

 

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2. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy MG410W

In July of 1993, Maruti Suzuki updated the Gypsy with by introducing the widetrack version. This was done by increasing the front and rear track of the SUV by 90mm (1,210mm to 1,300mm at the front and from 1,220mm to 1,310mm at the rear). This model was badged as the MG410W that replaced the MG410 model.

The new model was not just identifiable by the new MG410W sticker on the left front apron (the earlier model had plastic ‘MG410’ badges on both front aprons), but also by a new flared body kit around the lower section of the body.

The freewheeling mechanism on the front wheels was done away with in this model.

 

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3. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy E MG410W

In April 1995, the Government of India made it compulsory for all new petrol vehicles sold (initially) in the four metro cities at the time, to be fitted with a catalytic converter. This is how the ‘Gypsy E’ was born. In essence it was the same model as the MG410W, but with a catalytic converter and fuel cut system.

This Gypsy came with a large ‘Gypsy E’ sticker on the right apron and a MG410W sticker on the left apron.

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4. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King MG413W

During June of 1996, Maruti Suzuki launched a new version of the Gypsy in India with the G13A 1,300cc engine from the Maruti Suzuki Esteem sedan. This all aluminum four cylinder, 8-valve, carburetted engine developed 61PS of peak power and was mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. This 1.3L carburetted engine upped the top speed of the Gypsy as well.

Maruti Suzuki renamed the Gypsy as the ‘Gypsy King’ when this model was introduced and due to the new engine changed its model code to MG413W. With '13' in the code representing the new 1.3 litre engine. This also gave the Gypsy its famed new logo consisting of a shield with a lion, placed on the left apron.

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The new Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King also came with styling enhancements such as a more pronounced power dome on the bonnet, a new black plastic front grille and new softer front seats with headrests.

 

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5. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King MG413W MPFI

The Government of India in the year 2000, introduced Euro 1 norms for cars sold in the country. This made electronic fuel injection and ECUs compulsory in all cars sold in India.

As a result, in March 2000, Maruti Suzuki launched an updated version of the Gypsy King with the G13BB 1.3 litre petrol engine. This engine features 16-valves and multi-point fuel injection. Along with this update, Maruti Gypsy King was also fitted with a brake booster.

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An ambulance version of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has also been around. This is the hard top version of the Gypsy with different bench seats and added accessories such as medical box and extra interior lights.

And this concludes all the different Gypsy models sold in India till date.



 

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Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King Review

Right, with that done, let's take a look at the Gypsy King that lives among us today.

As you can understand, apart from drivetrain changes, a body kit and new front seats, not much has changed about the car and this is staggering when you think about it, as the Gypsy is now 30 years old in India and still looks good, thanks to its timeless design.

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Exteriors

The Gypsy makes no bones about its styling language. It is a no nonsense approach to motoring. Life here is all about simple straight lines and oval curves. At the front, there is a trapezium shaped windscreen frame, rectangular black plastic grille cover with horizontal bars in the centre section and circular headlamps on either side. The bumper too is a rectangular unit with combined rectangular lights consisting of parking lamps and indicators on either side, with the side cladding extending to its corners.

The black windscreen swivel mounts at the bottom of the windscreen frame and black plastic bonnet rests on top of the frame stand out prominently. Due to its high ground clearance, the front suspension components and differential are visible from the front. The V-shaped power dome on the bonnet and flared wheel archs give the Gypsy a purposeful look from the front.

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The Gypsy has a smart looking side profile as well. It’s all about straight lines here and grooves extending across the length of the car. The only oval shapes being those of the fuel filler housing and cap, wheel archs and spare wheel at the rear. The receding power dome on the bonnet, long indicator lamp, raised section for the rear part of the roof, raked windscreen, the unique shape of the door and chunky side cladding gives the Gypsy a very neatly styled profile. The sleek door handles, side air intakes in the bonnet and plastic section on bottom of the B-pillars, along with exposed door hinges add to the Gypsy’s unique appeal.

From the rear, the Gypsy continues to retain its exclusive design language. The major part of the rear section is dominated by the canvas roof. There is a large transparent section for rear visibility when the rear flap is folded down, and with it folded up, rear visibility as expected is great. The rear tail gate is a sleek unit and sports a sleek rectangular groove in the centre which is present on the SUV’s side profile as well.

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The Maruti Suzuki badge is placed on the top left section while the large Gypsy badge is placed lower down. The door handle and key hole for the tail gate are placed on the left corner while the hinges are on the right corner. The spare wheel is mounted on the right corner of the tail gate and comes with a black cover, proudly sporting the Gypsy King shield on it. The bumper is an extremely sleek unit housing the long tail lamps at either end on wide sections, while the slim centre section has a large license plate holder below the middle section. Again, like at the front, the side cladding extends to the corners of the bumper. The tail pipe extends outwards to the left under the left tail lamp while the tow hook is placed under the right tail lamp.

It has to be said, that even after 30 years of being in production, the Gypsy still looks very appealing. It is the perfect blend of macho styling with timeless design. Loyalists will tell you that the soft top version featured here is better looking than the hard top variant of the Gypsy which is also on sale.

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The fact that there are so many different looks the soft top version can have is another factor that adds to the appeal of the Gypsy. The canvas roof can be completely stripped off, leaving just the black frame in place, which makes the Gypsy look rather handsome indeed. The roof can also be folded up in various arrangements, or kept attached all around which still makes it look quite appealing.



 

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Interiors

The business of straight lines and oval design elements continues inside the cabin of the Gypsy as well. The top of the dashboard is a single straight line stretching from end to end with the instrument binnacle placed on the right section. Below two sets of straight design cues sit the oval air vents.

The centre plastic oval is for installation of a clock. Separated by another two sets of straight lines (between which a grab handle for the co-passenger is fixed) is the rectangular section featuring charmingly old school sliding HVAC controls from the yesteryears! Left of the HVAC controls is a rectangular ash tray. Below both these units is a rectangular place holder for installing a stereo and a power socket. Lower down are air vents for the foot wells.

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On the right section of the dashboard is the large three-spoke steering unit. On the left section is a lockable glove box which has the bonnet release lever located inside for security reasons, considering the open top nature of the Gypsy. There is a parcel shelf located underneath the glove box for added practicality.

The instrument binnacle is clear and easy to read. Its yellow back drop, large blue high beam light and green 4WD display makes this place absolutely unique.

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Due to the nature of the Gypsy, it features little in terms of equipment. The steering is unassisted, the windows are manually operated, it does not come with air conditioning as standard, it however does come with built in blower with variable speeds and directional controls for the air. Otherwise, it’s all the basics here such as an interior rear view mirror without day/night feature, sun visors and a grab handle for the co-passenger. The four-wheel gear lever is located ahead of the hand brake lever while the five-speed manual gearbox is located below the centre console. Both levers are easy to operate and are ergonomically well placed.

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A novel feature is that the windscreen can be dropped onto the bonnet and kept fixed that way. While the basic approach to the Gypsy’s sparse equipment list can be understood, what simply cannot be overlooked is the absence of a left outside rear view mirror, while a day/night mirror would have been extremely convenient too.

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The front seats come with adjustable head rests. Since the Gypsy King was introduced, the cushioning of the front seats has been made softer. This makes for relatively comfortable seating up front. At the back though, it is a different story. The centre facing bench seats seen here are poor on the ergonomic front, as they offer no under thigh support and limited back support. Seat cushioning is not adequate either. The Gypsy also comes with the option of a front facing rear bench seat and two jump seats for third row occupants. The front facing bench seat is a much more comfortable option with adequate under thigh support. The jump seats offer identical comfort as the long bench seats seen here, which is not much.

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Engine and Gearbox

The all aluminum, four cylinder, 1.3 litre, 16-valve, G13BB MPFI petrol engine of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King is capable of developing a peak power output of 81PS @ 6,000 rpm and 103Nm of maximum torque @ 4,300 rpm. The Gypsy King may very well be a looker, but thanks to its engine, it also has the going power to match its looks.

This by no means denotes that the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King is a fast SUV. It is not, because it’s not meant to be. The engine was also fitted to the Maruti Suzuki Esteem and the first Maruti Swift later. In the Gypsy King however, it has been tuned to offer better torque delivery. The five-speed manual gearbox has a short ratio, allowing for sharper bursts of acceleration. As a result, throttle response is immediate. Of course, the down side of having a short ratio gearbox is that top speed is limited. In case of the Gypsy King, it is pegged at around 130 km/h on tarmac. Rally prepared versions do over 140 easily.

Nevertheless, the short ratio gearbox comes in handy while off-roading. As the Gypsy responds rather well to demand for power in order to tackle tricky terrain.

Talking about off-roading, enthusiasts will tell you that the Gypsy is in its own league off the road. While traditional diesel fueled SUVs are heavier than the Gypsy, their peak torque is accessible much lower down the rev range, allowing them to tackle loose surfaces and inclines in a slow and gradual manner.

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In the Gypsy though, things are a little bit different. You get in, rev the nuts off the engine to access peak torque at 4,300 rpm. At this point, the Gypsy’s light kerb weight helps it carry good speed over tricky terrain and before you know it, the Gypsy is past what you were trying to cross. Of course, doing this requires considerable driver skill and involvement. But then again, those who love to drive enjoy being at the limit and in complete control. This makes the Gypsy quite a fun to drive vehicle in its own right!

The engine in the Gypsy King feels more torquey and gruff compared to the other cars it was fitted to. But in typical Maruti Suzuki tradition, it is absolutely bulletproof on the reliability front. Morning after morning, year after year, it will fire up at first crank. Asking nothing more than periodical servicings, the Gypsy King’s powertrain is impeccable on the reliability front.

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Little wonder then, that the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has been the Indian Army’s work horse on the battle field and otherwise for years on end, despite newer offerings in the market. After all, it would be a bit embarrassing if an Army vehicle decided not to start at first crank. And we aren’t even talking about critical situations here!

Gypsy owners across the country swear by their vehicles and I have not met a single well maintained Gypsy owner, complain about their vehicle.

 

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Ride and Handling

The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King is underpinned by a ladder frame chassis featuring leaf spring suspension and double action dampers. This is the Gypsy’s Achilles heel, the suspension setup of the SUV combined with its light kerb weight of 985kg for the soft top model and 1,020 kg for the hard top model, makes the ride extremely bumpy to the point where most people simply out of fear refuse to go anywhere near a Gypsy.

I for one however, have grown up around the Gypsy and can vouch for the fact that the Gypsy’s ride is indeed quite bumpy. But it’s nothing to fear really. When driving off tarmac, the ride at the front is bearable. The soft seats play a part in cushioning the ride further. Go faster though and the ride gets bumpier as the speeds rise. Of course, on tarmac the ride gets even more bumpy. It’s something that you need to get accustomed to from a young age I would say. Engage 4WD, and the ride gets bumpier (even more so in 4L mode) with all four wheels hunting for traction.

As a kid, the standard term was hold on! As the Gypsy gunned its way over undulating surface ahead, I held on to one of the handles in the cabin with the Gypsy bouncing and splashing its way through the middle of nowhere, onwards to its destination. I think this would be an appropriate time to once again think of why Gypsy loyalists swear by it.

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There in the middle of nowhere as we were headed to another tea garden or to the nearest town, if the car went wrong, that was it. In those days, there were no mobile phones, the wireless handset was out of range and we would have had no other means and no help.

Thanks to the Gypsy though, that situation never arrived. And we made it to and from home, safe and sound every single time. You can’t put a price on that can you!

Coming back to the review, over broken tarmac roads, the Gypsy’s big 205/70 R15 tyres dismiss large potholes with ease. A secret here, is to replace the Gypsy’s stock Ceat tyres with Goodyear Wrangler HP AW tyres. This along with keeping the tyres inflated at around 28 PSI. Recommended pressure for the Ceat tyres is 20 PSI for front and rear tyres when empty and 26 PSI for the rear tyres when the vehicle is loaded. The Ceat tyres make for the most accurate steering inputs and feedback.

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Body roll is limited in the Gypsy due to its stiffly sprung nature. The unassisted steering unit has some play in the dead ahead position, but is otherwise direct and accurate while responding to inputs. The unit is a tad heavy and those used to only power steering units will have a hard time here. For those who are used to it, we know how to go about maneuvering it around. It’s all in a day’s work really.

The Gypsy as you can see is a large vehicle, but once you have a hang of it. You realize that this is a rather well balanced and sure footed vehicle, which you can control well. And then you begin to reap the benefits of its rear wheel drive nature in 2H. Life then becomes quite a bit of fun, thanks again to the short ratio gearbox that allows instant delivery of power to the rear wheels. All in all, the Gypsy has always been a dynamically sorted vehicle, more so after the wide track version was introduced in 1993.

Find out what it's like to drive a Gypsy King off-road here: Off the beaten SUV trail



 

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Verdict

The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy may very well have been on sale for 30 years now. Right from the beginning though, it has held a niche for itself, by being a smart looking, reliable and capable off-roader. Little wonder the Indian Army signed up for it’s no nonsense nature in 1991, and has been a customer ever since. In December of 2014, Maruti Suzuki procured the largest ever order from the Indian Army for 4,000 units of the Gypsy.

Priced at Rs. 5.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the soft top version and Rs. 6.13 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the hard top version, the Gypsy King is considered expensive. And to make things worse, it is not very efficient either. On the highway you can expect an economy of around 12 km/l while 10 km/l is the best you can manage in urban environs. This is why there is a huge market for second hand Gypsys. Every time a used Gypsy hits the market (usually from the government or armed forces), off-road enthusiasts are only too happy to find a good deal.

Some of the best examples of the Gypsy’s capabilities are showcased in motor sport events like Raid de Himalayas and Desert Storm, where Gypsys constantly battle harsh terrain while hurtling through the air at times, as they speed across the horizon. They have been popular among enthusiasts and are truly a sight to see at their limit.

Today, after three decades the Gypsy still has no direct rival in the market. It may be utilitarian now for some, but it still is one of the most capable off-roaders out there and one of the most reliable SUVs as well. I’ am confident that this is something that will continue to remain untouched for as long as it will remain on sale. Its timeless design is admired by one and all, and you have to hand it to the Gypsy for looking this good even after all these years of being around. Very few cars can do that!

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The Gypsy sells in limited numbers because it is a petrol SUV (something that does not work in its favour considering fuel prices), it comes with no equipment and has a bumpy ride.

To most people these are deterring factors and understandably so. But the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is not for the faint hearted, it’s for the battle hardened and the rough and ready. It’s for those who live outside the comfort and connectivity of urban environs. Where there is no back up, no phone connectivity and reliable transport is crucial over rugged terrain. To top it all, Maruti Suzuki’s large sales and service network is simply unmatchable, something that works well for Gypsy owners across the country.

It’s difficult to conclude a tribute for 30 years of the Gypsy. Considering its significance in areas where most of wouldn’t dare to settle. But I think I can find a line to sum it up appropriately. Where the going gets tough, the Gypsy gets going and then keeps on going.

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