The Maruti Gypsy is long due for an update in India. Recently Suzuki has launched the next-generation iteration of the Jimny 4×4 in the Japanese market. speculations are high suggesting that the new Jimny could reach Indian shores disguised as the next-generation Maruti Gypsy.
In the span of the next couple of year, precisely till 2020, India’s largest selling automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki is going to launch a slew of new products in our country. These new launched will include mid-life facelifts, next-generation models and also altogether new models as well. One of the most anticipated launches of these is the debut of the next-generation Gypsy. Now so far, just like the other products, Maruti Suzuki has been quite silent about this products’ launch. However, with the launch of the 2018 Jimny in the Japanese market, we believe that the future of the Gypsy looks bright in our country. It is still debatable whether Maruti is going to launch the Jimny renamed as the Gypsy in the Indian market. When? Well, we estimate around the second half of the year 2019.
With regards to the new 2018 Jimny’s design, Dale Wyatt, Sales and Marketing Director, Suzuki UK, has said that the new model will get an evolutionary design. Yet it will carry forward a few design features from the earlier models. Also, the new Jimny could take design cues from the X-Lander concept.
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Details remain sketchy on the new Maruti Gypsy 2018 India launch date. However, the latest rumours claim a launch in 2019. The Gypsy has been the most successful of all SUVs ever sold in India. However, age has long caught up with this mountain goat and a replacement is urgently required. The speculated new Maruti Gypsy 2018 is sure to gladden the enthusiasts and probably the Forces as well.
The current Jimny is a sub-compact SUV that is a very capable off-roader. In 1979, the first-ever Jimny (LJ10) made its debut. India got a long wheelbase version of the second-generation model. Maruti Suzuki’s Gujarat facility could be responsible for the 2018 Jimny/Gypsy’s development. India could be an export hub for South East Asian, European, and North American markets. India could even export the next-gen model to Japan. The Baleno’s lightweight platform will underpin the 2018 Maruti Gypsy. Even the engine could come from the upcoming Baleno RS.
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We expect the new Maruti Gypsy 2018 to be much more feature-laden than the rather spartan current model. Also, the 2018 Suzuki Jimny will use a modern platform and a new-age engine. This could lead to a significant price increase over the current model. We expect the 2018 Gypsy to come in both 2WD and 4WD versions. This will ensure a competitive starting price of the mainstream SUV market. The Gypsy enjoys a high brand image in India. This will definitely help the fourth generation Jimny to find many takers in India.
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Powering the 2018 Suzuki Jimny aka New Maruti Gypsy 2018 is the M13A 1.3 litre 4-cylinder petrol VVT engine that outputs a maximum power of 84.2 PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 110 Nm at 4,100 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic is optional. The new Gypsy offers shift-on-fly 4WD with a low-ratio 4WD-L setting. Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS, ESC, and seat-belts with pre-tensioners.
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There are good chances that the new Gypsy will even offer a Diesel engine option in India. The new Gypsy for India could even get the 1.2-litre K12 four-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine. Much like the current model, the 2018 Suzuki Jimny/Maruti Gypsy 2018 has a low kerb weight, which makes it a fairly sprightly performer. India will probably get both 2WD and 4WD variants. While the cheaper 2WD model will attract the private SUV buyers, the 4WD could be put in use by the off-road enthusiasts and the Armed Forces. The JDM-spec Jimny could get the 0.66-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the Alto Turbo RS.
Thanks to a modern engine, the 2018 Jimny/Gypsy will have a higher fuel mileage than the current model. Powering the current Gypsy is an age-old 1.3-litre G Series engine that isn’t very frugal. We expect an ARAI-claimed mileage of around 22 KMPL for the new model Gypsy.
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The new Jimny is built on a ladder-on-frame chassis. Suzuki has adopted a retro design strategy for the latest iteration of its popular Compact SUV. This means the new Gypsy has hints of the earlier generations but looks modern enough to suit the taste of new car buyers. There are two trims- Standard and Mode3. The latter comes with a more rugged look, which is courtesy of grey bumpers and grey-body cladding. The standard model offers body-coloured bumpers and cladding, which gives it a slightly more premium look. The company is offering the new SUV with bits like a hood scoop and roof rails. These go on to make the 2018 Gypsy look more stylish.
On the inside, the new Jimny is unmistakably Suzuki. You get acres of grey plastic and several bits from the Suzuki parts bin. Frankly, we are a bit disappointed. The new Gypsy’s interior does remind us of many Suzuki cars from a couple of generations ago. While we understand that the company has followed a function-over-form approach, we are not happy about the interior reminding us of many Suzuki small cars of the yore.
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More information on the India launch of the next generation Gypsy is currently unavailable. However, you can stay tuned for more updates on the New Maruti Gypsy 2018 launch date and price in India.
Akin to the current model, the 2018 Jimny/Gypsy could get an extended wheelbase. Indonesia and Brazil too could see the launch of this same model. In spite of a long wheelbase, the 2018 Gypsy will be a sub-4 metre SUV that will benefit from lower excise duties. Hence, the new Jimny/Gypsy will have a length of around 3,545 millimetres. It measures exactly 1,600 mm in width and 1,670 mm in height. Complete dimensions of the new Maruti Gypsy 2018 are as follows-
Thanks to a high off-road capability, the Jimny might not have any direct rival. Still, here are a few models it could compete with-
As seen, even cars like the Ignis from Maruti’s own stable might rival the new Gypsy indirectly.
The new Jimny/Gypsy 2018 will share its engine with the Baleno RS. This means it will get a 1.0-litre Boosterjet Petrol engine that has a max. power-torque of 110 BHP-170 Nm. It will come mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission. For European markets, the new Jimny could even get a 1.4-litre Boosterjet Petrol engine and an Automatic transmission. There are chances that there won’t be a Diesel engine variant for the new generation Jimny/Gypsy.
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