If inducted into the Indian Army, the Maruti Jimny SUV will be powered by the same 1.5L NA K15 petrol engine that produces 103 bhp and 135 Nm.
Which of the following passenger cars is commonly associated with the Indian Army? Are you a thinking about gipsy? You are completely correct. In the Indian Army, there are over 35,000 Maruti Gypsy units. In certain conditions, this humble workhorse serves as a light troop carrier, patrol vehicle, and even a combat vehicle.
But the Gypsy has gotten older. In fact, production has been halted. The Indian Army is looking for a replacement. They ordered a fleet of Tata Safari Storme and Mahindra Scorpio Classic vehicles. But these massive diesel SUVs couldn’t do what a lightweight petrol-powered Gypsy could. The Indian Army is still looking for the ideal replacement for Gypsy.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny for the Indian Army
Now that Jimny has been launched in India, the question of whether the Indian Army will be interested in this arises. They might be, it turns out. According to a new report, Maruti Suzuki is in talks with top military officials about inducting the Jimny into the Indian Army. Let’s look at how Jimny, with a few tweaks, can be a suitable replacement for Gypsy. For starters, armed forces adore Gypsy for a variety of reasons.
The majority of these characteristics are inherent in its design. Gypsy is made of light materials. It barely weighs more than one tonne and has a length of just over four metres. It was powered by a 1.3L NA 4-cylinder 16V petrol engine coupled to a 5-speed transmission and a 4X4 system.
Gypsy’s dimensions make her the ideal companion for military operations, whether in narrow city streets or in difficult terrain with no roads. The power was low, but because it weighed next to nothing (in comparison), it performed admirably. The removable soft top provides potentially no blind spots as well. In parades, I’ve seen Gypsy completely disassembled and reassembled in minutes.
Jimny possesses the majority of Gypsy’s characteristics. It is under 4m long, weighs around 1200 kg, and has a width of only 1645 mm. Other military vehicles, such as the Tata Sumo 4X4, Safari 4X4, Scorpio 4X4, and others, appear massive in this context. Jimny has a more powerful engine than Gypsy and the added benefit of 5 doors.
The main query concerns a soft roof. Gypsy currently provides this service. However, according to this report, a Maruti Jimny SUV with a soft top and finished in Dark Jungle Green could be inducted into the Indian Military. This colour is only available globally and is not available in India.
Military vehicles receive additional equipment that is not widely known. Private buyers cannot purchase the Safaris and Scorpios used by the Indian military. Gypsy and other Mahindra vehicles will be auctioned off to the highest bidders after being declared unfit for active service, and the gap will be filled with new vehicles.
This is where the Maruti Jimny SUV with soft top comes in. Jimny, with 102 bhp and 135 Nm, outperforms Gypsy in terms of versatility. It remains to be seen how easily repairable Jimny is with modern engineering, as this is also a priority for military vehicles. Jimny will wear a black number plate with white lettering beginning with an arrow mark pointing upwards if supplied to the Indian Military.
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