Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has received an order for over 4100 units of its Gypsy SUV from its biggest client in the country - The Indian Army. It is also the biggest order for the SUV as of now and it has almost rejuvenated the one of the oldest SUV of country which would complete 3 decades in India in 2015. The Indian Army placed this order around three months back and even the company has already delivered half of the ordered vehicles, while it intends to deliver the remaining ones in a span of around 4 months.
“Army has some specific requirements and they need additional accessories. We tweak those specifications even though it involves a lot of effort on our part in terms of engineering and production. We are glad they have shown trust in us with repeat orders,” said RS Kalsi, executive director and head of domestic sales and marketing at Maruti Suzuki India. There has also been demand from the Air Force, Navy, paramilitary forces and BSF but the numbers from them have been significantly lower as compared to that from the Army. “They order 50-100 vehicles in batches,” said Kalsi. Indian Army first turned towards Gypsy SUV in 1991, and since then Maruti has delivered around 31,000 units of the SUV to the force.
For Army, the Gypsy SUV is customized by adding special accessories. For instance, the made-for-army Gypsy SUV features convoy lights, which emits a greey ray which paves way for the soldiers at the time of black-outs in a war. Additionally, they are also equipped with hooks at the rear for carry couple of military equipment such as large guns and inside for mounting weapons. Maruti Gypsy only comes in petrol guise with an all-wheel-drive version and not having a diesel variant still remains to be one of the most prominent reason behind it not making to the list of most sought-after SUVs in the country by the masses.