The Omni is among the longest running in Maruti nameplate i.e. from past 35 years. Still, without any change in the generation, the Omni continues for more than three decades. The Maruti Omni is on trend and because of it only approx. 7000 units are sold per month.
But with the welcome of 2019, the old 796cc carbureted powertrain of the Omni will not be able to meet the tough BS-VI emission norms which will come in effect from 2020. Due to which Omni won’t be updating the car but will fully focus on the Eeco.
The price of Eeco is more than the Omni in spite it is the same 7-seater. The demand for Omni is mostly in tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
From October 2019, the new crash test will be started in which Omni will not stand up to the expectations because the vehicle must have a driver-side airbag (minimum), seat belt reminder for driver & front passenger, speed warning system, and rear parking sensors. RC Bhargava from Maruti Suzuki said that the Eeco is almost same as the Omni due to which the sales are growing.
At present, Omni costs Rs 2.87 lakh and the Maruti Suzuki Eeco costs Rs 3.37 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is yet to see the reactions and response of the customers. It is also possible that the prices of the Eeco might grow due to the updates which will be made.
From July 2019, the vehicles must come with a driver-side airbag (minimum), seat belt reminder for driver & front passenger, speed warning system, and rear parking sensors as per the new norms.