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Few recently launched cars in India come with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which are not even available in most of the premium luxury cars in India.
One of the most useful systems in the new ADAS equipped cars is the Adaptive Cruise Control. To understand adaptive cruise control, we must understand cruise control.
Though Cruise control is a good feature on long journeys and having that feature in a car is essential if you frequently travel long distances. However, the system has been hit or miss among Indian consumers.
With the cruise control engaged, the vehicle will automatically maintain the set speed without any input from the driver, this reduced driver fatigue over long distances.
The driver can engage or disengage the cruise control with a click of a button or it will disengage automatically once the driver touches the brake pedal.
Since Indian traffic has a remarkable lane discipline, engaging the cruise control itself becomes a tiresome task in the country.
With the adaptive cruise control, the user will be able to set the speed just like the cruise control, however, the vehicle can automatically adapt to the speed of the vehicle in front without having to manually brake.
This means the user doesn't have to brake for the lane traffic as the vehicle itself will adapt to the speed of the vehicle in front. Once the traffic is cleared, the vehicle can automatically speed up to the set speed limit.
At present, there are three vehicles under Rs 40 lakh that come with adaptive cruise control and other advanced driver assistance systems.
1. MG Gloster
MG Gloster is the first vehicle in this list to come with adaptive cruise control and other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Moreover, it is also the biggest and priciest vehicle on this list.
The MG Gloster is a full-size premium SUV and comes packed with many features such as 360-degree surround-view cameras, wireless charger, massaging seats, cooled seats, PM2.5 filter, auto headlights, powered seats, drive modes and many more
Powering this mammoth beast is a choice of two engines. The 2WD variants are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with 160 bhp and 375 Nm of torque, whereas the 4WD variants come with a more powerful twin-turbo setup with 215 bhp and 480 Nm of torque.
Prices for the MG Gloster start from Rs 29.98 lakh (ex-showroom, India), whereas the top-end variant goes up to Rs 37.68 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
2. Mahindra XUV700
Mahindra XUV700 is one of the most awaited vehicles in India and received over 25,000 bookings in just 1 hour of opening the booking window.
Like the MG Gloster, the new Mahindra XUV700 is a full-size SUV and comes with many advanced driver assistance systems.
Apart from that, Mahindra XUV700 comes with many features such as an electric sunroof, digital drivers display, ventilated seats, power tailgate, powered ORVMs, dual-zone climate control, 10-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and many more.
The Mahindra XUV700 comes with a choice of one petrol engine and two diesel engines and gearbox options include a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 197 bhp. Both the diesel engines are 2.2-litre units, where the more powerful version pushes out 182 bhp, and the less powerful version puts out a respectable 153 bhp.
Prices for the Mahindra XUV700 range starts from 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base petrol variant with five seats.
3. MG Astor
MG Astor is not only the latest SUV on this list but it is also the most affordable SUV on this list to come with ADAS.
MG Astor comes with features such as LED projector headlights, LED DRLs, chrome-tipped tailpipes, chrome window lines, leather layered dashboard, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, shark fin antenna, 3 steering modes, tilt-adjustable steering, keyless entry, power windows, electrically operated ORVMs and many more.
The MG Astor will be powered with a choice of two engine options. The first engine option is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit with 108.5bhp and 144Nm of torque. This engine will either be specified with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed CVT gearbox.
MG is also offering a more potent turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine with 138bhp and 220Nm of torque. However, this engine will be solely mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Prices for the MG Astor start from Rs 9.78 lakh (ex-showroom, India), whereas the top-end variant comes with a price tag of Rs 17.38 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Thoughts About Adaptive Cruise Control and ADAS In India
With increasing traffic and better driving manners, systems like adaptive cruise control and ADAS can vastly improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents.
Though it was Volvo which introduced adaptive cruise control in India, It will be MG and Mahindra that will take this technology to the general public.