Engineering has taught us that nothing is impossible. With a bit of effort, anything can be installed anywhere. This is the exact case with the vehicles here in India. And for that, the markets are flooded with aftermarket accessories and car features. (Tell me about it!)

This means, many people go for the base variant and get most of the accessories installed in their cars later. But some accessories cannot be installed in a vehicle and one *has* to opt for the higher variants to enjoy those (as stock). So, here are 10 such features that cannot be retrofitted.

  1. Rear Defogger

    Rear Defogger | Must-have Comfort features on cars
    Rear Defogger | Must-have Comfort features on cars

    One of the essential features that most of the car makers are still reluctant in omitting it from the base variant is the rear de-fogger. In winters, it is one of the frequently used and necessary features. A driver driving a vehicle deprived of the rear de-fogger can face visibility issues amidst the fog.

  2. Digital Instrument Cluster

    2020 Hyundai Verna Instrument Cluster
    2020 Hyundai Verna Instrument Cluster

    Current-gen cars are smarter than you think. They come equipped with a ton of sensors to detect and figure out failures. Also, the car rectifies some minor problems on their own. So, to interact with the vehicle a digital instrument cluster with high tech features is something an owner truly desires. But sadly, it is not possible to install the same with all integrated features.

  3. Rear AC

    2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift
    Rear AC

    Before explaining about Rear Ac, don’t get confused between rear AC and rear AC vents, as they both are different things. Moving further, cars with Rear AC have a separate AC unit for the rear passengers that can be turned on via a button in the centre console. Where rear AC vents can be a part of the aftermarket accessory, rear AC surely isn’t. It has to be connected with the engine just like the regular AC unit.

  4. Electronic Hand Brake

    Electronic Handbrake
    Electronic Handbrake | Image Credits: (1)

    Stepping into the future, cars are getting electrified. In this transaction, some vehicles are in their middle life of becoming all-electric. Many of them get a feature called an electronic hand brake. I’m sure this is something that may be good for boasting but a car guy or a petrolhead will surely prefer to take this matter into his/her hands.

  5. Powered Tail Gate

    MG Hector Plus | powered tailgate opening
    MG Hector Plus | powered tailgate opening

    Possibly, the most convenient feature in a high-end vehicle is the powered tailgate, especially for elderly people. In a vehicle pampered with a powered tailgate, one can open the boot lid with just a press of a button. Also, considering some cases, even a button is not required but a foot gesture. Result? Cannot be installed.

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  6. Tilt and Telescopic Steering

    Tilt-adjustable Steering
    Tilt-adjustable Steering

    I’m sure everyone owning a vehicle may want to or have gone on long road trips. And in those long trips finding the right driving position could be tough. And many of the entry-level vehicles are deprived of steering adjustment. But sadly, this is something that cannot be retrofitted in a vehicle.

  7. Adjustable Seat Height

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    Seat Height

    Shorter drivers can have a tough time to have the perfect view of the road ahead. So, it is necessary to have a seat that possesses height adjustment. Nevertheless, to have this adjustment, the basic seat assy. needs to be changed, which is a tedious task and not all can do that.

  8. Automatic Climate Control

    Automatic Climate Control
    Automatic Climate Control

    Air Conditioner in a car, seems like an ordinary thing. What’s not, is the automatic climate control. As this helps the driver not to worry about the temperature, he/she can focus on the road and the car does everything for the occupants. The thing that is required is temperature input. Also, the reason it cannot be retrofitted is that it requires electronic actuators to open and close the vents depending upon the mode.

  9. Electronic Aids (TC, ESP, Rollover Mitigation)

    Traction / Drive Model Selector In Hyundai / Kia Cars
    Traction / Drive Model Selector In Hyundai / Kia Cars | Car Features

    All the car buyers want one thing from their vehicle, it should be safe. So, the things that help to make the car safe are electronic aids. So, if you follow the automotive world in India, you may know that ABS and EBD are made mandatory for all the cars on the road. What’s not common is the traction control system, electronic stability programme and more. That said, one has to re-code the ECU to make all those things work in harmony.

  10. Airbags

    Mahindra XUV300 Airbags
    Mahindra XUV300 Airbags

    Next to the electronic driver aids are the airbags that drastically increase the vehicle’s safety. An actuator present in front bulkhead of the vehicle is what that triggers the airbags on the inside. Similar to that there are actuators in the door panels too that control the side curtain airbags. Well, again one has to tune the electricals precisely to install the airbags.

So, these were the 10 features that require some detailed knowledge to install one (engineers only!). Let us know in the comment section below what do you think of these features, are they necessary? Also, did we miss anything?

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