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Maruti Suzuki has discontinued the production of the Omni. The Maruti Omni which has been in production continuously for the past 35 years, has been stopped. The Maruti Eeco is now the only product in the Van segment from the Indian car maker.
The discontinuation of the Maruti Omni is mainly due to the upcoming crash test and emission norms; set to be implemented in October 2019 and April 2020, respectively.
The Indian government has already implemented the safety norms mandating the requirement for all four-wheelers to feature airbags, ABS with EBD and a number of other safety equipment.
Although, Maruti could have updated the Omni with the safety norms, it still fails to comply with the crash test norms of October 2019. Hence Maruti has decided to completely discontinue the product from the market.
The Maruti Omni first went on sale in 1984 and has gone through a number of updates over the years. However, it has always retained the same boxy design from the first model. Although 35 years old, the Maruti Omni still brought in consistent sales for the brand in the Indian market, ranging between 6,000 - 7,000 per month.
The Maruti Omni, popularly known as the 'Maruti Van' was available in two variants — five-seater priced at Rs 2.85 lakh and an eight-seater priced at Rs 2.88 lakh. Both ex-showroom (Delhi). With its discontinuation, Maruti Suzuki now has just the Eeco in its Van segment. The Maruti Eeco was recently updated in 2019 and is over Rs 70,000 more expensive than the Omni.
Maruti Suzuki updated the Eeco with the new safety features. The Eeco now comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, high-speed alert, seat-belt reminder and all other safety equipments to comply with the April 2019 safety norms — read more about the new Maruti Eeco here.
The Maruti Omni is powered by a 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine producing 34bhp and 59Nm of torque, mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Maruti is discontinuing all models with the 800cc petrol engine, which also includes the Alto 800 — read about it here.
Thoughts On The Maruti Omni Discontinuation
Maruti Omni has been one of the most popular offerings for the carmaker in the market for a long time. The Maruti Omni has been used in various capacities over the years, including private, passenger and cargo vehicles.