The Maruti Eeco has replaced the Omni on the Indian auto market. Recently, the CNG variant of the model, which is compliant with the upcoming BS-VI emission standards, has been spotted testing on Indian roads.
After an over-three-decade presence on the market, the legendary Omni has been finally discontinued. The 2019 Eeco was launched in India at the beginning of April at INR 3.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Eeco’s sales compensate for the loss of sales caused by the Omni with a sales number of 10,452 units in April 2019, recording a 37% increase in comparison with that in the same period last year.
As some new safety features have been added, the new-gen Eeco is more expensive than the outgoing model by INR 23,000. The safety equipment offered on the 2019 Maruti Eeco includes driver side airbag, ABS, high-speed alert, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder as standard, which helps it fully comply with the upcoming safety crash test norms.
Thanks to the added safety features, the 2019 Maruti Eeco conforms to the upcoming crash test norms.
Substituting the Versa since 2010, the Eeco borrows the platform from the Versa. It currently keeps under its hood a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol motor which is good for a maximum power of 73 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 101 Nm at 3,000 rpm. It is also offered with a CNG kit fitted by the factory, which has a claimed fuel mileage of 16.2 kmpl in the five-seat version. A seven-seater version is also available but with only one variant.
Currently, the Eeco has managed to adhere to BNVSAP crash test standards, but to conform to the stricter BS-VI emission norms which will take effect next year, Maruti needs to upgrade the 1.2-litre petrol motor. The test mule of the CNG version, which is in compliance with this more stringent emission standards implies that the process is underway to prepare for the vehicle's official launch in the coming time. Maruti Suzuki has been upgrading the engine lineup since the beginning of this year. Up to now, the 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol in the Baleno and the 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol in Alto 800 have gone through a considerable upgrade to become BS-VI compliant. The 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol motor which powers the Eeco is expected to be the next.
The CNG BS6 variant of the Maruti Eeco has been spied on Indian roads recently.