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Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

1. Mahindra Thar

The Mahindra Thar has been a tough rival to the Maruti Gypsy for a long time now and is a better option. The Mahindra Thar uses a modern Creature Comfort and a sophisticated powertrain that complies with stricter emission norms than the Maruti Gypsy.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

It can be given a 2-litre petrol engine, which makes 150 Bhp power or a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which makes 130 Bhp power. These engines can be offered with a standard four-wheel-drive (4WD) system with low ratio gearbox and electronic hub lock.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

2. Force Gurkha

Let us tell you that the Force Gurkha did a trial run for the army in the late 90s before becoming available on sale. But its 2021 model has been launched with many new changes. However, it still gets the same overall ratio, same size engine and ladder frame chassis like the old model.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

But the coil spring suspension is more comfortable for the passengers and gets a host of new features including dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, cornering lamps and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). It comes with a factory fitted snorkel, 700 mm of water vending and 35 percent gradeability for climbing steep slopes.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

3. Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Though it is the most expensive SUV on the list and yet the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the cheapest trail-rated Jeep that you can buy in India. It comes with luxurious interiors, good riding quality and hardware and software system to tackle the tough terrains.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

The safety kit of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk includes a 360-degree camera, six airbags, underbody protection plates, stability control and electronic roll mitigation. It comes with a 2-litre diesel engine that makes 170 bhp and comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

4. Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Jimny

The arrival of Maruti Suzuki Jimny has been awaited for a long time and its 4-door version may finally arrive in India by the year 2023. It is the fourth-generation successor to the Maruti Gypsy that retains some of the original SUV’s DNA with its compact dimensions, ladder frame underpinnings and retro styling.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

It is expected to get an economical yet powerful mild-hybrid 1.5-litre petrol engine and is also safer than the old Gypsy. The Maruti Suzuki Jimny gets a rugged ladder frame chassis, solid front and rear axles and three-link front and rear suspension.

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

5. Bespoke military-spec Mahindra Bolero Neo

The 4×4 Mahindra Bolero has replaced the Gypsy in the police fleet, but a more modern name may be used for the Indian Army. The stock model also doesn’t feature the Bolero Neo 4WD, but it is clearly capable of becoming an off-roader with its mechanically locking rear differential and Multi Terrain Technology (MTT).

Maruti Gypsy is about to retire from the Indian Army, these 5 off-roaders can be its option

It also gets the same 1.5-litre diesel engine as the Mahindra Bolero, which churns out 100 Bhp of power and 260 Nm of torque. If Mahindra gives it a proper 4WD system then Mahindra Bolero Neo can be a good option for the Indian Army.

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