Nine among the total 15 cars on sale by Maruti Suzuki in India meet the new Indian crash test norms, the Indo-Japanese automaker has revealed. The models that comply with the new crash test norms are Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno, Dzire, Ciaz, Vitara Brezza, Ertiga and S-Cross. On the other hand six remaining models don’t meet the norms, but three of them are about to come in new avatar.
In this scenario, question lies about the future of the remaining three models that are the Maruti Suzuki Omni, Eeco and Gypsy. As per the new rule by Indian government, all the cars currently being sold have to meet the full-frontal impact, off-set-frontal impact and side impact crash test norms from October 2019. While the Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Alto K10 are about to come in new guise, upgrading the Omni, Eeco and Gypsy will cost the amount for the brand resulting in hefty price increase, which will eventually affect sales for sure.
Maruti Suzuki says that all the remaining models that currently don’t meet the crash test norms will comply the regulation ahead of the timeline. While Omni and Eeco’s future is not clear, the Gypsy can be replaced by the new generation Jimny. However, that is yet to be confirmed by the automaker.