Maruti Suzuki Omni is not ready to meet the upcoming BNVSAP safety norms.
Maruti Suzuki, the Indo-Japanese automaker, will discontinue its highly popular minivan Omni in India. Speaking to carandbike, R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India confirmed that the company will stop Omni’s production from October, 2020. The reason behind this decision is the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) safety norms that will be enforced from 1st October, 2020. Read – Varun Dhawan Is The Brand Ambassador For Maruti Suzuki ARENA
Other Maruti Suzuki models that are not ready to meet the new safety standards will also be phased out including the Eeco and the Alto 800. The Omni and Eeco are based on the aged platforms that weren’t designed to meet the new regulations. However, the company is extensively working on these models and evaluating possibilities in order to meet future emission and safety norms.
First launched in 1984, the Maruti Suzuki Omni was the second product from the Indo-Japanese carmaker in India (the first one was the Maruti 800). The minivan received its first facelift in 1998, followed by minor upgrades in 2005. The Maruti Omni carline is categorized into two – family version and cargo version. The former is an 8-seater with two extra seats. Read – BS6 Cars To Be Sold in India From April 2020: Supreme Court
Powering the Maruti Omni is a 796cc, three-cylinder engine that’s good enough for 35bhp and 59Nm of torque. It can accelerate 0-60kmph in 10 seconds and offers a maximum speed of 100kmph. The minivan delivers mileage between 13-14kmpl in city and 16-17kmpl on highways.