Maruti Suzuki officially confirmed that they are discontinuing the Maruti Suzuki Omni from July 2019. Since the announcement of the BSVI emission norms, the Omni saw that coming this will be the end for her.
I feel horrible for this couple they must be devastated and feel depressed, they must be thinking that how they gonna “sajaiyenge khushiyon wali kamyabi”.
Anyway enough jokes, let’s get this started:
In 1998 Maruti Suzuki Omni received the much needed facelift with some exterior and interior changes. After that the next major facelift came in 2005 with some minor mechanical changes, some exterior and interior changes were made to keep the model fresh.
In 2005 Maruti Suzuki Omni also gained some new colours to appeal more mass audience. Since the first production started back in 1984 the Maruti Suzuki has sold over one hundred and sixty lakh Omni’s up to this day that’s just remarkable.
That’s 36 year’s (including 2019 year) of production run and legacy that is how long it’s been since the first time it launched on the Indian market.
The Maruti Suzuki Omni is available in two different divisions, the first one being the passenger segment and the other one being a commercial cargo segment.
The Omni is offered in 5 seater variant that can be used for your personal work as well as for your business work. Then there’s the 8 seater variant that can be used to take the whole family on a road trip or any weddings or functions etc.. without any hassles.
The Maruti Suzuki Omni also offered as a mini school van that helped so many people and schools to provide the school bus service at much cheaper prices.
Then comes the commercial cargo segment that offered commercial van that can be used as your shop on wheels that can roam through the city roads and helps you to build and grow your business in a advanced way and that you can reached more customers.
The Maruti Suzuki Omni Ambulance variant that is fully equipped with medical needs for emergency patients.
The compact size of the Omni makes it a much better option to the hospitals or ER rooms that can help the patient who is in their health crisis or need to transport in hurry conditions.
The Maruti Suzuki Omni is offered in one engine option, the 0.8-litre four stroke water cooled 3 cylinder in-line 796cc petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 34bhp at 5,000rpm and 59nm of torque at 2,500rpm.
This engine is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission gearbox. The fuel tank capacity is 35 litres and fuel economy of 17.1kml. Maruti Suzuki also offered the Omni in LPG variant in both passenger and commercial cargo segments.
The Maruti Suzuki Omni’s stopping power comes from the disc brakes at the front and the drum brakes at the rear. The Omni only weighs at 800kg (for 8-seater variant).
Maruti Suzuki Omni suspension setup is McPherson strut at the front and the leaf spring with shock absorbers at the rear. The tyre size are 145R 12 8PR Radial tyres which are same on all four wheels.
From April 2019 onwards the Indian governments Bharat Stage VI emissions starting to apply, so because of that every passenger vehicle that will be sold in India will have to be equipped with at least one driver airbag, seat belt reminder for the driver and the co-passenger and the rear parking sensors as standard features.
So because of this BSVI emission norms kicking in the old aged Maruti Suzuki Omni will be so much expensive to upgrade the Omni on to these norms. So that’s why Maruti Suzuki decided that they will phase out the Omni out of production by the end of June 2019.
It’s not that Maruti Suzuki Omni is not selling well or anything like that, the Omni still clocks 7,000 units sold every month which is remarkable for this old van.
Maruti Suzuki thinks that upgrading the Omni will be a very expensive investment so instead of that they think that the Maruti Suzuki Eeco can fill the gap that will be open by the absence of the Omni.
The Maruti Suzuki Eeco is much younger than the Maruti Suzuki Omni so they this will be the best choice to upgrade it for the BSVI emission norms.
And the fact is that Eeco’s numbers are increasing so this gave the Maruti Suzuki a hope that the Eeco will be much better alternative for the Omni.
The Omni is cheaper than the Eeco which the Omni’s prices start at INR 2.72 lakh that goes up to INR 3.44 lakh and the Eeco’s pricing start at INR 3.31 lakh that goes up to 4.79 lakh.
As you can see the Omni is much cheaper than the Eeco, but the time will tell what happened in future.
So what do you all think of this decision that has been taken by Maruti Suzuki please do share your thoughts on the comments below.
Thanks for reading.