Maruti Omni is probably one of the most successful commercials as well as a personal car that has been launched by Maruti for the Indian market. Be it goods, or being transportation for people, it won the hearts of all kinds of consumers in the market. It was in production for over three decades and Maruti even launched a cargo version of the Omni. Unfortunately, Maruti had to pull out the Omni from production owing to the latest safety and emission norms. However, Omni can still be seen on Indian roads and there are in fact some people who’ve maintained the car in pristine conditions. Here are four such Omni owners, who not only preserved the legacy of Omni but did unimaginable modification jobs on them.
Off-road Omni (Gymni)
This modification done by Indi Garage and Holyshift was one of the first modified Omni that went viral on the internet. No one had ever pictured an Omni to be modified, let alone be modified into an off-road car. The name Gymni was well thought of and was based on the fact that this car was an Omni but made with Gypsy parts. The Gymni gets its height because of the chunky looking off-road spec tyres and rims. Even the rear differential and the engine has been sourced from the Gypsy. The Gymni is covered with an external roll cage along with a luggage rack on the roof. The front bumper is completely modified with LED projector headlamps, skid plate and auxiliary lamps. In fact, the rear doors and the windows are sealed using metal sheets to give it rough look.
This modified Omni is done by Carbon Automotive. What instantly catches your attention is the blacked-out headlamps that get projector units whereas the bumper gets LED turn indicators. The stock bumper has been replaced with customized units and the car has got a beautiful jet-black paint job to further enhance the badass look. The side profile sets itself apart with the aftermarket alloys and the exhaust pipes popping out. The sliding doors are pretty like the original design. The interiors are customized too. The Gangster Omni gets red upholstery, and the windows and doors are painted in black.
This funky looking modified Omni belongs to Nikhil Kumar from Kerela, India. This car is fondly called the Project Stance van. The front bumper droops into a lip spoiler which is extremely close to the ground. The headlamps on this Omni is inspired by the Mustang LED DRLs and so are the fog lamps. Even the side profile gives a low rider appearance with the deep dish alloy wheels and the body skirting. However, what catches ones attention is the transformation of the sliding doors to the gullwing doors. The rear bumper also gets aftermarket LED tail lamps. The interiors are all in a black theme and the exterior has been sprayed with custom colours.
This fondly loved Buggy is owned and modified by Farid who hails from a family that has been in the car modification business for years. Information on Bharat Autos reveals that the modification and car cost him around Rs. 4.50 Lakhs from scratch. Apart from the mechanical structure of the Omni, nothing is the same. Stripped away from any doors, you are free to step inside and take a seat in the open car. The dashboard, including the sporty racing steering wheel, is custom made. The instrument cluster is the same as the original Omni but is placed at the centre.
The Buggy gets 175/75-13 on/off-road tires fitted into five-spoke alloy wheels which makes it a good car for off-roading. The owner has tried to keep the old world charm of the Maruti Suzuki by brand badge embedded on the hood and the indicators placed below the windshield on both sides. The exterior is pretty much just an 18 Gauge Sheet metal finished in a red colour scheme excluding the bumper on the front and rear. The curved design vintage-styled chrome garnished popping-out headlamps gives the Buggy a unique look.