VW joins Toyota as a mass-market manufacturer that offers ABS and airbags as standard in India.
Volkswagen India will offer ABS (anti-lock braking system) as standard in the base Trendline variant of the VW Polo, thus making dual airbags and ABS as standard across the range, IAB can confirm. Volkswagen will communicate officially this week as dealers have received stock of the updated model.
This move also makes VW India one of the mass-market manufacturers to offer ABS and airbags as standard in its product lineup, the other being Toyota Kirloskar Motor. It is likely made in anticipation of the upcoming BNVSAP safety norms set up by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, which instructs manufacturers to equip ABS and airbags on all products from October 2018.
VW had already made dual airbags as standard in the Polo in 2014, while ABS was fitted in the Comfortline and Trendline models. With the inclusion of ABS, it's unclear by how much has the price has increased.
The next update for the Polo is possibly the introduction of the updated 1.5L TDI diesel engine in the VW Polo GT TDI. Sourced from the Ameo and Vento, the new 1.5L TDI 4-cyl turbodiesel engine produces 110 PS at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1,500-3,000 rpm, courtesy of a larger turbocharger.