The Maruti Omni’s will not be availbale from October 2020 due to its inability to conform to the forthcoming crash test norms.
According to a press release, the Maruti Omini will not be available from October 2020 because cannot be ready to meet the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) safety norms. In the meanwhile, the Maruti Alto 800 and Eeccowill be considerably improved so as to comply with the norms.
Unlike the Omni, the Alto 800 and Eecoo will continue to be considerably improved to conform to the safety norms
The Maruti Omni was first introduced in 1985 and has been popular since then as commercial and taxi vehicles. Since then it has received facelifts two times. The first time was in 1998 with the replacement of the square lamps for the round ones; the second time was in 2005 with a brand-new dashboard design and wheels.
The Maruti Omni will be discontinued from October 2020
After two facelifts, Maruti Omni still lacks the structural integrity and unable to be packed with any equipment which will assist in absorbing the effect of a collision. For Maruti, all of the three vehicles are of the same importance, but the largest Indian automaker has decided to continue to develop only the Alto 800 and the Eeco.
Commenting on the discontinuation, RC Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India said,
“There are certain models that cannot be made ready to meet the upcoming safety norms and we will have to discontinue them, Maruti Omni being one of them. The Maruti 800 was a very important model for us but we had to discontinue it, in a similar manner we will also discontinue the Omni.”
The Alto 800 has also been discontinued to ensure that all of the Maruti vehicles comply with the safety norms
The Omni is available in 4 variants: a 5-seat one, 8-seat one, a cargo van and an ambulance and. The cargo has only two front seats, which is compensated by a roomy space and storage area. The ambulance is equipped with all the necessary equipment.
The Maruti Omni receives power from a 796cc engine that generates 33BHP of max power and 59Nm of peak torque. The power is sent to the two rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is also the engine used in the Maruti 800.
Maruti Suzuki has eventually decided to discontinue the Omni as it does not conform to the forthcoming crash test norms, which is a big regret for the Indian auto customers as the vehicle is a very popular van in the country. What we can do now is to hope that the Eeco can successfully replace the Omni.