We might soon experience ADAS in the Maruti Grand Vitara. It is the quickest-selling SUV in its category to reach 1 lakh sales within its inaugural year in the local market. Since its debut, this 5-seater SUV has been mega-popular among consumers, consistently ranking among the top three in monthly sales. Maruti Suzuki credits this accomplishment to the robust hybrid and AWD versions, particularly highlighting the strong hybrid models with e-CVT transmissions, delivering impressive fuel efficiency. With ADAS, things will even get more enticing for the buyers. Here are the details.
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Maruti Grand Vitara with ADAS
As per the latest scoop from the industry, the mid-size SUV could come with Level 2 ADAS features in the coming months. Now, ADAS is becoming a common active safety function in this category. People are more safety conscious than ever. Therefore, ADAS functions have gained immense demand and popularity in our market in the last couple of years. At the moment, the MG Astor and the new Kia Seltos have this feature. Even the upcoming Creta facelift will boast ADAS. Therefore, it makes sense to keep the Grand Vitara updated with it as well to ensure stiff competition. The most prominent functions of ADAS are Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep and Change Assist, etc.
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The Grand Vitara comes with two petrol hybrid powertrain options. The first is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder mild hybrid with the possibility of AWD, delivering 103 hp and 136 Nm. The second choice is a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder strong hybrid, featuring an AC synchronous electric motor and a Lithium-ion battery pack, generating 116 hp and 141 Nm of peak power and torque. The mild hybrid offers a choice between a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the strong hybrid exclusively comes with an e-CVT automatic transmission. Impressively, the strong hybrid achieves an outstanding mileage of 27.97 km/l (ARAI). The pricing for the Maruti Grand Vitara ranges from Rs 10.70 lakh to Rs 19.99 lakh, ex-showroom.
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What We Think
We are huge proponents of making cars safer. We lose lakhs of lives in road accidents each year in India. Most of these could easily have been avoided with proper active safety amenities in cars. Having said that, we also understand that the infrastructure for the appropriate functioning of ADAS might not be widespread in our country. This includes proper lane markings and traffic signs. On top of that, there are also concerns regarding people misusing these features. In any case, we shall welcome the addition of ADAS in more cars.