It’s an end of an era for the icon. Maruti Suzuki has pulled the plug on the Gypsy SUV in India. The two-door off-roader was introduced in the country in 1985 and has remained one of the longest-running models in production. In an official communication to its dealers, the automaker has asked showrooms to stop accepting bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. The SUV was already available on a made-to-order basis and has remained largely the same over the past three decades.
Badged as the Suzuki Jimny overseas, the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy arrived in India 33 years ago in its second generation and has been sold in the same avatar ever since. Internationally, the SUV moved up to the third gen model in 1998 while the fourth generation version arrived last year globally. The original design that dates back to the 1980s wouldn’t meet the updated crash test norms as well as the upcoming emission regulations that require vehicles to meet the BS6 norms. This means, it’s end of the road for the iconic model that has not only been sold to civilians but also served in the armed forces.