The forthcoming Volkswagen Polo and Vento models will come equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) as standard, a new report revealed. As of today, the company is preparing new stocks of both these vehicles and once it is through with the time-consuming process, the official announcement with regard to this added safety feature will be made.
Only two variants — the Comfortline and Highline — came with ABS prior to this move. However, now even the base Trendline trim will boast this safety addition. Worth noting, Volkswagen had already introduced dual front airbags as standards for both the Polo and Vento.
Volkswagen happens to be the second largest car brand in India, lagging behind only Toyota which has made ABS and airbags standard across all variants in all models in the company’s portfolio. Volkswagen’s move has come at a time when the Indian government is preparing to make these safety measures mandatory in all commercially available cars starting 2018. In addition, the government also plans to revamp the car safety standard ratings in a bid to boost road safety.
(Note: As part of its new initiative dubbed Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP), the Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways is going to introduce similar road safety mechanism on the lines of the Euro NCAP safety norms.)
The Volkswagen Polo GT TDI is likely to flaunt an upgraded 1.5-liter engine — possibly the same that powers the Skoda Rapid facelift and the VW Ameo. The engine has the capacity to deliver as much as 108 bhp of power along with 250Nm of Torque.