The Omni is one of the most iconic cars currently on sale in the Indian market. The car was launched back in 1985 and it was called the Maruti Van. It was changed to Omni in 1988. In 1998, it received a facelift and again another minor facelift in 2005 that included minor cosmetic improvements to the exterior and interior
DESIGN AND STYLE ;
The looks of the Car are hardly appealing on the style quotient. The overall design of the car is flat or like a Geometric figure(particularly, a box) which can also be determined from the dimensions of the car(3370x1410x1640 mm). It has got 12-Inch cross ply tires which are definitely not sufficient to maintain the grip on the road. One of the unusual things about the car is its positioning of the engine which is mounted beneath the car which still gives a ground clearance of 165 mm. This basically allows using entire space of the car for utilizing the purpose. The Front includes two headlamps encapsulated in a contrasting bold border which further continues to the two horizontal lines surrounding the Maruti Suzuki symbol embossed at the center and a Black bumper integrated with side indicators.
The sideways shows a collection of straight lines running through the shape of the Car with no peculiar characteristic and a fuelling point on the right side bottom corner. The rear doors and windows slide for an opening which again helps to utilize the small spaces for boarding or departing from the vehicle. The rear includes taillamps, indicators and a similar bumper to the front only with integrated reverse lamps.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
The micro-van is equipped available in 5- and 8-seater options. The car has a dual tone upholstery and sports the same old steering wheel. The 8-seater Omni is a bit cramped, while the 5-seater is specially designed for personal use. In detail, the car is packed with floor carpets, reclining front seats, a simple dashboard with cup holder and a large utility space for placing the items. There are sliding doors, which are very comfortable to use. The car has good headroom and legroom as well. Nothing changes in terms of the interiors. The car sports the same meters and a glove box with a lock added. The limited version comes with some features, including four speakers, a CD player supporting an auxiliary port and seat covers.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
The 796cc, three cylinder, four stroke engine is placed under the front seats and transmits drive to rear wheels. Outputting 34bhp at 5000rpm and 59Nm at 2500RPM, the engine is a bit underpowered and is linked to a four-speed manual transmission.On the outside Omni features thermoplastic bumpers in front and rear, mud-flaps, outside rear view mirror in right, body graphics and clear lens headlamps. Inside, it gets reclining seats, adjustable front seat head restraints, sliding seat for driver, rear view mirror, floor carpet, steering lock, lockable glove compartment and seats belts in front & rear.The petrol powered mini-van is claimed to return ARAI rated fuel economy of 16.8km/l.Stopping power is derived from booster assisted disc and drum units.
DRIVING AND HANDLING ;
The petrol engine feels under-powered, though, the refinement level is pretty decent. Fuel efficiency could be better. The vehicle gets unstable at high speeds. City driving dynamics is good. Ride is bouncy, and very uncomfortable on rough roads.Braking performance is mediocre. The MUV, except the front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, doesn’t get any electronic braking assistance.
Safety features on the Maruti Suzuki van 2-speed windshield wiper, front ELR seat belts and rear static seat belts. The thin tyres compromise stability at speed.
This Maruti Suzuki Omni is one of the popular cars and it is perfectly ideal for those who transport a lot of things. It is complete van for storage and carrying needs. This is a car commercial purpose and mostly not good for family purposes.