Maruti Suzuki launched the small passenger vehicle, Omni in 1983. The company offered the car in total 4 variants including 8-seater and 5-seater arrangement. The van impressed many customers till now and attracted almost 15.7 million customers. It was also known to be one of the popular selling cars in India. The small design concept comes with a big roof, sliding doors, roomy interior, and other remarkable highlights which made it successful among the Indian families.
However, Maruti Suzuki is deciding to stop the production of the passenger van. The van still manages to sell approximately 7,000 units/ month so, what could be the reason for the company to halt the production. The main cause is the new Bharat New Vehicles Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) which comes into effect from October. The company will never think of investing more money on the re-modification of the old van which will demand hefty expense.
Although, it will be not too tough for the automotive company to end the Omni as it has already survived for more than 35 years. The company is said to focus on other mid-size vehicles such as Maruti Eeco and Alto 800 regarding the new safety rules. All the cars which are built with vulnerable safety features will be halted as per new norms. It is essential for the vehicles to get some standard safety features including speed warning system, driver airbag, antilock brakes, a seatbelt reminder for the driver, and a rear parking sensor.
The safety features in Omni includes only windshield wiper, position cabin light, multi-function levers, rear seat belts, front seat belts, Steering lock, high mounted rear stop lamp, and headlamp levelling device. It runs on a 796cc, a three-cylinder engine which is capable of generating 34bhp of power at 5000rpm and 59Nm of torque at 2500rpm. In terms of dimension, the vehicle is 3370mm in length, 1410mm in width, and 1640mm in height. The wheelbase and ground clearance are 1840mm and 165mm, respectively. The latest BS VI emission norms will come into effect on 1 April 2020.
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