If a new report is to believed, Maruti Suzuki plans to upgrade two of its high selling products including the Eeco and the Omni in order to meet the upcoming crash safety norms. Beginning October next year, the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) will come into effect and hence Maruti will have to upgrade these cars for them to pass these crash tests.
CV Raman, Executive Director (engineering), Maruti Suzuki India said that they they are evaluating numerous possibilities so that the models such as the Omni and the Eeco meet the upcoming emission norms as well as the safety norms. The engineering work for the same is currently said to be in progress.
The Maruti Suzuki Eeco and Omni are two products from the carmaker is believed to amount to 10% of the company’s monthly volumes, which is approximately 12,000-13,000 units a month. The upcoming version of these crash test compliant vehicles will have to undergo various tests such as full frontal impact, offset frontal impact and side impact tests. Apart from the crash tests which will be effective in October 2019, these models will also have to be BS-IV emission compliant beginning April 1, 2020.
In the current generation, the Maruti Suzuki Omni and Eeco are powered by BS-IV emission compliant engines. While the Eeco sources power from a 1.2-litre engine that produces 72 hp and 101 Nm of torque while the Omni is powered by a 796cc engine producing 34 hp and 59 Nm of torque.