Ertiga LDi and Gypsy Discontinued because the new Gypsy could come in the next three-five years and 1.5 diesel is coming in the Ertiga only in top variants
An official communication from the Maruti to its dealers regarding the discontinuation of the Gypsy has been leaked online. According to the email, Maruti has instructed all its dealers not to accept the bookings for Gypsy anymore as the production of all its variants has been stopped with an immediate effect. The development is in-line with the expectations as the upcoming stringent norms on the safety and emissions have forced Maruti to call it a day on Gypsy.
Launched in 1985, Gypsy was inducted in Indian Army in 1991 and immediately became favorite among the forces owing to its ruggedness, strength, and high reliability. It derives power from a 16-valve MPFI petrol engine capable of putting out 80bhp along with 103Nm of max torque. To take on the hostile conditions, Maruti has mounted the engine longitudinally and the drive is sent either to rear wheels or all wheels. The fuel efficiency of the Gypsy is rated at 11.96 kmpl.
The second important information in the leaked email is regarding the new-generation Ertiga MPV. Maruti has communicated to the dealers that from the coming April 1, 2019, it will stop the production of base LDi diesel variant of Ertiga. Only those customers who have booked the Ertiga LDi latest by March 1, 2019, will get the deliveries and others who have booked after the aforementioned date have to cancel the bookings.
The company has instructed the dealers not to accept any fresh bookings for the Ertiga LDi variant. Maruti is doing away with the 1.3-liter multi-jet diesel engine that it sources from Fiat and this is the reason behind stopping the production of Ertiga LDi. The company has developed its own 1.5-liter diesel engine which is going to make its debut under the hood of Ciaz in Indian market very soon.