Maruti Gypsy was the most affordable 4x4 petrol SUV until it got discontinued in 2019. The decision was harsh and was made because neither the engine was fit for the new BS6 emission norms nor did it comply with the safety norms. However, even then few car enthusiasts own this SUV and true blue Gypsy lovers have gone for modifications on the same. Here is an example of a Modified Maruti Gypsy that makes out 170 bhp on tap.
The original Maruti Gypsy came with a 1.3L petrol unit but this modified one gets an engine swap from the Baleno. Yes, the older Baleno which came with 1.6L and churned out 95 bhp on tap. This, however, is a tuned up and makes as much as 170 bhp. Let me start by sharing what changes it gets under the hood. It gets an ECU from Race Dynamics while the turbo upgrade is sourced from Garrett.
To further make out best from the engine and it lasts longer, this modified Gypsy also gets BMC Intake system, Subaru WRX fuel injectors. Also, it receives Walbro high-pressure fuel pump, Turbosmart Blow Off Valve, Greddy Intercooler upgrade with custom plumbing, aftermarket fuel pressure regular and oh boy, the list goes on.
Coming to the front then this one gets an aftermarket custom front bumper with an integrated bull bar, aftermarket LED projector headlights, 42-inch LED light bar at the top of the windshield, custom fender flares and more. To further increase the ground clearance, this Gypsy gets Ironman 4x4 Suspension Upgrade with 2-inch Wheel Spacers.
Also, to help in covering the off-road patches easily this one gets a 15-inch off-roads rim wrapped in 235/75 15 Wrangler rubber. The owner also uses Maxxis 15-inches tyres for Monsoon. It also gets Spitfire racing spark plugs, Mishimoto Aluminium Performance Radiator. A custom made Raj Hingorani Side Exit Exhaust system with an HKS Endcan is also present along with ARB Air lockers.
The foglights are present inside the custom made bumper and the mesh grille from the original is retained. This one is a two-door Gypsy and the rear profile more or less remains unchanged with stock bumper and even the taillights.
In other news, Maruti is also planning to launch the Suzuki Jimny in the Indian markets soon in 2021. What's new is that Maruti will bring a 5-door Jimny as it serves the interest better. Under the hood, the same 1.5L petrol engine will do the duty and will get 4x4 standard fitment. Once launched it will compete with Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha.