The latest round of Volkswagen Polos and Vento will now get ABS (anti-lock braking system) as standard. The company is currently readying new stock of these cars and will soon officially announce the addition of this safety feature across its range.
Until now, only the Comfortline and Highline variants were equipped with ABS. However, now even the base Trendline trim will get this safety feature. The carmaker had already made dual front airbags as a part of the standard package for both the Polo and Vento. The new safety feature now makes the cars even safer.
Volkswagen is just the second budget brand in India after Toyota to make airbags and ABS standard across all variants in all models in their portfolio. The Indian Government is anyway planning to make safety features mandatory in all cars from 2018. The car safety standards rating will also change from next year to make cars even safer.
The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways is in the process of introducing a new car safety assessment program for India. This is named as Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) and is based on the lines of the Euro NCAP safety norms.
On a side note, the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI is expected to get an updated 1.5-litre engine that also powers the VW Ameo and the Skoda Rapid facelift. This one churns out 108bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. A test mule of what is said to be this updated Polo was spotted on test recently. We can expect this updated Polo to be launched soon for the Indian market and will be equipped with ABS and airbags as standard.