Gypsy King ST BSIII Review
Maruti Suzuki India Limited has a lot of splendid vehicles in their stable. Among them, Maruti Gypsy is a rugged sports utility vehicle, which is perfect for any road conditions. The company is offering it in three variants, among which Maruti Gypsy King Soft Top MPI is the top end trim. It is blessed with a 1.3-litre petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1298cc. This power plant can generate about 80bhp in combination with 103Nm of maximum torque output. With the help of five speed manual transmission gear box, it can achieve a maximum speed of 120 Kmph and accelerate from 0-100 Kmph in close to 16 seconds. The overall dimensions are quite standard and it is designed with a large wheelbase of 2375mm, which ensure a spacious cabin inside. It comes with a minimum ground clearance of 210mm that is perfect for dealing with any terrains. The overall length is 4010mm along with a total height of 1875mm and a decent width of 1540mm, which include driver side external rear view mirror. The company has given this variant quite a few interior features for the comfort of the occupants. These features are fabric upholstery, vanity mirror in left sun visor, a three spoke steering wheel and many other such aspects. On the other hand, it is offered with a two year warranty as well.
The car manufacturer has designed this SUV with quite a few striking features with a removable top and other exteriors aspects. The side profile of this utility vehicle is fitted with body colored door handles and driver side external wing mirror, which can be adjusted internally. The neatly carved wheel arches are equipped with a sturdy set of 15 inch steel wheels. These wheels are further covered with 205/70 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres, which ensures a good grip on any road condition. The side profile also offers a reflector and side stepper on both sides as well. On the other hand, the rear end has a bright tail light cluster and a full size spare wheel with cover, which is affixed at the tail gate. The front fascia of this SUV comes with a prominent radiator grille that is embedded with a chrome plated company badge in the center. This grille is flanked by a round shaped headlight cluster, which is incorporated with halogen lamps and turn indicator. The body colored bumper has a a pair of reflector lamps and an air dam. The foldable windscreen comes with a washer and a three speed intermittent wiper as well. The company is selling this sports utility vehicle in five exterior paint options for the buyers to choose from. The list of colors include Superior White, Ruby Red, Silky Silver, Dolphin Blue and a Harvest Green metallic finish option as well.
The internal cabin of this Maruti Gypsy King Soft Top MPI variant comes with a great build quality. The seats are quite comfortable and provide enough leg space and shoulder room for eight passengers. All these seats are further covered with premium fabric upholstery, which makes the journey comfortable. The company has given this variant reclining and sliding seats for driver and front co-passenger that further adds to the convenience. These seats are also integrated with adjustable head rests. It is bestowed with a lot of utility based aspects, which includes a vanity mirror on the co-passenger sun visor, front package tray, a lockable glove box for keeping some smaller things at hand, floor carpet and steering lock. The smooth dashboard is equipped with three spoke steering wheel and instrument panel, which is equipped with a few functions.
Engine and Performance:
This SUV is equipped with a 1.3-litre, GI3BB petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1248cc. It is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves using a DOHC based valve configuration. It is incorporated with an MPFI (multi point fuel injection), which helps in generating 11.96 Kmpl on the highways and 8.45 Kmpl on the city roads. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power output of 80bhp at 6000rpm along with a peak torque output of 103Nm at 4500rpm. This petrol mill is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which transmits the engine power to all its wheels. The company claims that this SUV has the ability to achieve a top speed of 120 Kmph, while it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 16 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
The car manufacturer has given this Maruti Gypsy King Soft Top MPI variant an efficient braking and suspension mechanism. The front and rear axle is equipped with leaf spring with double action damper type of mechanism, which is also accompanied with booster. On the other hand, the front wheels are assembled with a set of disc brakes, while its rear wheels get a conventional set of drum brakes. The company has blessed it with a rack and pinion based three spoke steering wheel, which is quite responsive. It supports a minimum turning radius of 5.1 meters, which is rather decent for this segment.
This trim is equipped with a few standard comfort features, which makes the journey joyful. The information cluster comes with a simple design and is equipped with a few other functions. The list of features include relaxed seating arrangements with ample leg space, fabric upholstered seats, sufficient knee support for relaxing the front passengers , a front package tray and other utility based aspects as well.
The list of safety features include a foldable windscreen with a three speed wash and wipe function, hazard warning light, hydraulic clutch in cooling fan, multi function levers and many other such aspects. It also has seat belts for all occupants, which gives a stress free driving experience . The company has also given this variant a lockable steering wheel, which ensures a safe and secure drive.
1. Decent ground clearance of 210mm that ensures better off-road handling.
2. Spacious internal cabin with comfortable seating.
1. Absence of air conditioning and music system is a big disadvantage.
2. Lots of basic features are missing.
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