The Maruti Suzuki Omni van has been one of the most iconic vehicles sold in the Indian market by country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki. First launched back in 1984, the Maruti Omni is one of the few cars that are still sold in India. The Omni minivan has been in production for over three decades and was the second vehicle launched by Maruti in India after the 800. The Maruti Omni not just caters to the passenger car market but also to the commercial segment for cargo and ambulance usage.
Design and Exterior:
The Maruti Suzuki Omni is mainly divided into two categories: the family version and the cargo version. On the outside both the versions came with the same boxy design and flat hood with the only one major difference. The family version is like any passenger van with sliding doors with windows on each side at the centre and a boot lead at the rear. On the other hand the cargo version comes with only one sliding door on the left side with not windows and a boot lid.
Exterior features include boxy headlamps with and black plastic front bumper with integrated headlamps. The van features vertical wing mirror on each side with 12-inch wheels. Dimensionally the Maruti Omni measures, 3,370 mm in length, 1,410 mm in width, 1,640 mm in height and a wheel base of 1,840 mm. The van comes with total curb weight of 785 kg.
Interiors and Features:
On the inside the newer family version has two bench seats directly behind the front seating and facing each other making it an eight seater. Older versions are modified by individual owners to add additional capacity this way. The cargo version is completely devoid of back seats. Both versions have sliding back doors and hatchbacks. The upholstery comes with both fabric and vinyl seats depending on the variants. While the rear of the family version is technically suited to six people it is actually good for comfortably seating 4 average adults.
The Omni offers comfort and safety features like Reclining front seats, adjustable front seat head restraints, rear seats belts (static), dashboard with cup – holder and space for utility items, two tone upholstery, 2 speed windshieled wiper, 3 position cabin light and high mounted rear stop lamp among others.
Under the hood the Maruti Suzuki Omni mini-van is powered by a 796cc 4 stroke cycle, water cooled petrol engine that churns out 34.7 PS of maximum power and 59 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox with 4 forward, all synchromesh, 1 Reverse. The Omni offer a fuel tank capacity of 35 Litres and fuel efficiency of 16.8 kmpl.
Price and Competition:
The Maruti Suzuki Omni is priced starting at INR 2.58 lakh for the base variant and going up to INR 2.59 lakh for the top-of-the-line Omni. The Maruti Suzuki Omni is basically the only mini-van currently sold in the Indian market apart from its successor the Maruti Versa and faces no actual competition.