If the latest reports are to be believed, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, is reportedly considering to roll out safety features such as airbags and anti-lock braking system in entry level models.
A report in The Economic Times claims that Maruti is looking to introduce safety features as an option in Alto K10 and Alto 800 and the company is likely to implement before the government's vehicle safety norms that come into effect in 2017.
The safety packages including airbags and anti-lock braking system will be offered as an option in the entry level variants of the company to keep costs under check.
Maruti's latest offerings S-Cross and Ertiga facelift have already got a taste of it. While Maruti S-Cross gets safety features across all variants, the newly launched Ertiga facelift gets safety package as optional in base variants. Maruti's next highly anticipated premium hatchback, Baleno, will also come with safety features across all variants.
At present, although Toyota and Volkswagen offer safety features across all variants, Maruti's mass models such as the Alto 800, Alto K10, Swift, Dzire and Ciaz get these features only in the top-end variants.