Factory-Fitted Dashcams: 7 Cars in India That Offer Extra Security
In a country as diverse as India, where road incidents are commonplace, having a dashcam can be a game-changer. It provides irrefutable evidence of any untoward incidents, offering a layer of protection for you and your vehicle. Several automakers, including Hyundai, Renault, and Skoda, have recognized this need and now offer factory-fitted dashcams on select models. Let’s delve into the details of each of these equipped vehicles.
- Hyundai Exter:
Leading the trend, Hyundai introduced the Exter in July, featuring a dual-camera setup capturing both the road ahead and the cabin interior. This dashcam is exclusively available in the top-of-the-line SX(O) Connect variant, with prices ranging from Rs 9.32 lakh to Rs 10.10 lakh.
- Renault Triber:
The festive season brings the ‘Urban Night’ edition of the Renault Triber, showcasing a new exterior shade and a 9.66-inch Smart View monitor that functions as an interior rear-view mirror (IRVM) with adjustable angles. It also doubles as a dashcam with front and rear cameras, and offers wireless smartphone connectivity for easy content downloads. This special edition, based on the RXZ variant, comes at an additional cost of Rs 14,999.
- Renault Kiger:
Much like its Triber counterpart, the Renault Kiger also features the ‘Urban Night’ edition with the same exterior enhancements and Smart View monitor, which functions as a dual-camera dashcam. This special edition, based on the top-spec RXZ trim, commands an extra Rs 14,999 and will be limited to 300 units.
- Hyundai Creta:
The popular compact SUV, Hyundai Creta, welcomed a special ‘Adventure’ edition in August, equipped with a dual-camera dashcam. Available in the mid-spec SX and top-spec SX(O) variants, prices range from Rs 15.17 lakh to Rs 17.89 lakh.
- Hyundai Alcazar:
Following suit, the Hyundai Alcazar’s ‘Adventure’ edition includes a dual-camera dashcam as an added feature. This edition is offered in both the mid-spec Platinum and top-spec Signature (O) variants, with prices ranging from Rs 19.04 lakh to Rs 21.24 lakh.
- Skoda Slavia:
Skoda recently introduced the more affordable ‘Ambition Plus’ mid-spec variant of the Slavia, featuring a built-in dashcam. This variant distinguishes itself as it utilizes a single camera to record the view ahead. The Ambition Plus variant is priced from Rs 12.49 lakh to Rs 13.79 lakh.
- Hyundai Venue:
The Hyundai Venue recently debuted the ‘Knight Edition’, sporting an all-black theme inside and out, along with a dual-camera dashcam. This feature has also been extended to the N6 trim of the Venue N Line, the sportier version of the subcompact SUV. The Venue Knight edition ranges from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 13.48 lakh, while the Venue N Line’s N6 variant is priced at Rs 12 lakh to Rs 12.82 lakh.
These seven mass-market models come with factory-fitted dashcams, not as accessories. While most are limited-edition models, it raises the question: should all automakers consider making this a standard feature across their premium models?