Suzuki is preparing to withdraw from the production of Jimny 80sNovember 23, 2018
In March 2019, Suzuki Motor will discontinue the 1982 Jimny/Samurai SJ40 model. Don’t be surprised – this SUV is still being produced. Of course, in Japan, his “life” ended 20 years ago, but the car continued to be produced in India, where it is called Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. The Maruti Suzuki Motors company producing it belongs to a Japanese corporation.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy (code – SJ410) is built on an extended base SJ40, the model has a frame structure. In India, the car has been produced since December 1985. The design of the car is almost identical to the original Suzuki, but by bundling a Hindu easier. The model is equipped with a 1.3-liter gasoline engine Suzuki G13B with an output of 80 hp, which is combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The drive is full, the transfer case is with a lowering row, the axles are continuous, the front and rear suspension are spring.
Due to the moderate price (about 648 000 rupees), Gypsy is still in steady demand in India. The decision to discontinue it is a forced one. In 2019, more stringent safety standards come into force in the country, which cannot be adapted to an outdated SUV. The model has no airbags, no ABS, no belt tensioners. In addition, Maruti Suzuki recently lost government orders for Gypsy. The car is the main SUV of the Indian army, but in 2017 the army decided to reform the fleet, replacing the Gypsy with larger and more modern Tata Safari Storme SUVs. India has become richer and its armed forces can now afford a more versatile and functional vehicle: the Tata’s carrying capacity is 800 kg, and the Maruti only 500 kg.
Substitutions Maruti Suzuki Gypsy will not. For some time there were rumors about the release of a simplified version of the new Jimny specifically for India, but eventually Suzuki Motor abandoned this idea – potential demand would not have covered the costs of launching production of a new model.