Sales of Maruti Gypsy may have been insignificant in the past few years, but the compact SUV is still popular with Indian Armed Forces. Indian Army has once again ordered a huge number of Gypsy SUVs from India’s largest car maker – Maruti Suzuki.
Indian Army first placed orders for Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in 1991 and ever since then the company has delivered over 31,000 units. Indian Army requires special modifications and accessories on board Maruti Suzuki Gypsy which are complied with gaining both trust and repeat orders.
This is the second order from Indian Army in less than 7 months. Back in December last year they had ordered 4,000 units of Maruti Gypsy
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, customised for Indian Army receives convoy lights that emit a green ray for soldiers to follow in black out situations during war time conditions. The Gypsy’s are also fitted with hooks at the rear for towing of military equipment while the Gypsy, with its rugged stance and off-roading facilities is well suited for various military operations across various terrains thorough mountains and deserts.
Maruti Gypsy’s sold to Indian Army uses soft tops and is powered by a 1.3 liter petrol engine offering 80 bhp power and 100 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Army prefers petrol vehicles as diesel vehicle have trouble at higher altitudes while all are in 4×4 configurations making them ideal for military operations where road conditions are bad or in some areas where there are no roads at all.
This latest order comes as a surprise, considering the fact that Indian Army has been conducting trials to induct more powerful and sturdier diesel SUVs. The two shortlisted vehicles include Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari.
But, contrary to what was expected, Indian Army placed an order for 2,071 units of Maruti Gypsy under ‘GS 500’ category. The order was placed a few weeks ago and deliveries are slated to commence in the months ahead. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy with its price tag of INR 6 lakhs will make this order worth over INR 125 crores.