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Lengthy ready durations for SUVs impacting buyer preferences | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Larger demand, and consequently the lengthy ready interval, for his or her desired SUVs is directing consumers to go for totally different variants, or altering the model altogether.

SUVs are all the craze proper now, and despite the fact that ready durations on this section have been declining these previous few months, some common fashions proceed to command ready durations of greater than six months, with some even going as much as round 16 months. The longer ready interval will also be attributed to the worldwide semiconductor scarcity, nonetheless, that too is easing out. 

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A ground-level examine with some sellers confirms that consumers of in-demand SUVs, just like the Mahindra XUV700, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta, are choosing a special variant, and even a completely totally different mannequin, as a result of delay in supply of the SUV of their selection.

Mahindra XUV700

As per our vendor sources, consumers of the ever-popular XUV700 now need to wait as much as 15 and 16 months for the AX7 and AX7 Luxurious trims, respectively. Nonetheless, the bottom MX trim in addition to AX3 and AX5 trims with petrol powertrain have a a lot shorter ready interval of round three months, whereas diesel powertrains of the identical trims have a ready interval of as much as 10 months. 

The excessive ready interval for the XUV700 is making consumers search for options from different manufacturers, in line with our ground-level examine.

Tata Safari, Harrier

One of many two largest options to Mahindra’s flagship is Tata’s flagship SUV. The Safari is slowly changing into a well-liked selection for three-row SUV consumers as a result of its shorter ready interval – between three to 5 weeks, relying on the variant. The ready interval for the Harrier is similar because the Safari.

Nonetheless, these Tata fashions are restricted to a diesel powertrain solely, whereas rival XUV700 is accessible with a petroleum powertrain. 

The Hector Plus can be a three-row SUV different to the Safari and XUV700, however its demand has been declining. In the meantime, the MG Hector, which is getting a mid-life refresh quickly, has a shorter ready interval. 

Kia Seltos

One other common midsize SUV is among the three South Korean choices obtainable within the section. The Kia Seltos has a ready interval that ranges from three to seven months. Variants such because the HTK+ diesel with guide or iMT gearbox in addition to GTX and GTX (O) with the guide gearbox have a shorter ready interval of as much as three months, the HTE trims 1.5-litre diesel or 1.5-litre petrol engine with the guide gearbox have the longest ready interval of six to seven months, respectively. 

Hyundai Creta, Alcazar

Hyundai’s Creta and Alcazar SUVs additionally command an extended ready interval of as much as 5 months. Nonetheless, some variants can nonetheless be procured inside two months. Our vendor sources inform us that many consumers favor the shorter ready interval of the Alcazar, which is basically a three-row by-product of the Creta.

Sellers, too, are asking potential prospects to improve to the Alcazar, which is able to assist Hyundai hold prospects of their fold and improve the gross sales of the Alcazar. 

Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun

The 2 midsize SUVs from Volkswagen and Skoda have a mean ready time of round two months, for the variants with the 1.0-litre TSI engine. The upper, 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine variants command a barely larger ready interval of three months. Many are choosing these two SUVs since they’ve a a lot shorter ready interval than their rivals. 

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara has already obtained greater than 50,000 bookings. The ready interval has crossed the five-month mark, which is a very long time contemplating that it has but to be launched. 

Toyota City Cruiser Hyryder

Toyota not too long ago introduced the costs for the Hyryder’s strong-hybrid variants, together with the top-spec mild-hybrid variant with the automated gearbox. The hybrid SUV has had a lot of bookings and our vendor sources have knowledgeable us that deliveries could start someday in March 2023. 

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