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Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that they will discontinue the popular Omni offering from the Indian lineup. The Maruti Omni will be replaced by its larger sibling, the Eeco. The Maruti Omni has been in production continuously for the past 35 years. The production will finally come to a stop sometime during mid-2019.
The news was confirmed when RC Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki told MoneyControl, "Omni would not be upgraded to meet the next generation norms. Eeco sale is going up and it is a similar vehicle."
According to the upcoming Bharat New Vehicles Safety Assesment Program (BNVSAP), all cars from 1st July 2019 should feature one driver airbag, speed-warning system, seatbelt reminder for driver and co-passenger and rear parking sensors.
Following this, all manufacturers are expected to upgrade their product lineup to comply with the crash test norms from the 1st October 2019, before embracing the BS-VI emission norms six months later. cars should comply with the safety norms. The new BS-VI emission norms will put India on par with the world in terms of emission regulations.
This process will see many manufacturers in India, slowly phase out products from their lineup. However, Maruti Suzuki's decision to phase out the Omni has been a difficult one. This is mainly due to the fact that, the Omni brings in an average of 7,000 units of sales for the company each month.
The discontinuation of the Omni will affect the sale of the company in the market. Also, the price difference between the Omni and its replacement, the Eeco is too high for customers to easily shift to the latter. The Omni comes with a price tag starting at Rs 2.85 lakh while the larger Eeco is priced at Rs 3.37 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).
The Maruti Omni comes powered by a 796cc three-cylinder petrol engine producing 34bhp and 59Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a standard four-speed gearbox.
Thoughts On The Maruti Suzuki Omni Discontinuation
The Maruti Omni was first launched back in 1984, with its first update back in 1998. The last update for the Omni was made back in 2005 with new features and has remained the same ever since. The discontinuation of the van will end its 34-year undisturbed production.