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The Maruti Gypsy was launched in 1985 and then was face-lifted in 1996 and it is an icon today. Maruti Suzuki's Gypsy is a legendary vehicle in the Indian market thanks to its mass appeal and having been around for a very long time it has been considered as one of the best 4×4 cars in the market and has been always attributed to qualities such as a rugged off-road adventurer. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has traditional looks and is based on the Suzuki SJ design and was launched as a compact SUV. It has a functional exterior which is well built and has two small rounded headlamps and a mesh type front grille and slightly long wheel base with high ground clearance which gives it sporty looks. It comes with steel rims and a spare tyre on its fifth door at the back. The Gypsy's design is a timeless one and it still looks very handsome today.
The Maruti Gypsy King has well designed interiors which are simple yet retain good functionality. It has high set front seats which make it easy for its passengers to get in and out of the car easily. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Kingsoft comes with the option of a front facing second row bench seat and third row jump seats or with centre facing bench seats. The rear passenger’s seats are not as comfortable as that front seats which also offer good level of comfort and back support. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King lacks a few basic features such as power steering, lefts side ORVM and a day/night IRVM. The Maruti Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King comes with a powerful motor to please all the enthusiasts who wish to take the SUV to its limits. It develops a healthy 80 BHP of maximum power at 6000 RPM and a maximum torque of 103 NM at 4500 RPM and brings a 4-wheel drive 5-speed transmission system which efficient transmits the power to the wheels giving it excellent drivability and useable torque in all gears, especially in lower rpms.
The Gypsy King is fun to drive when off the road and negotiating trails. It has been rated by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 11.96 kmpl and while it is quite dated it was a very good car, period. The Maruti Gypsy was built to handle off-road trails and mountain paths and it shows. It has good braking which aids the driver in controlling the car in tough situations. The Maruti Gypsy King was built to take on the worst terrains possible and decades down holds the title to one of the most sought after off-roaders. The ride on-road though is not good and clearly exposes its age. Maruti's Gypsy King is a very good SUV that is built for the off-roader and enthusiast and has been a favorite amongst the Indian Army for very long time now. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King still has no direct rival in the Indian car market. For a detailed analysis read below.