The waiting period for SUVs in India is often long due to high demand. Perhaps because the limited production capacity of automakers in India does not allow them to meet the demand for SUVs, given their ever-increasing popularity. Further, the limited supply of foreign-made SUVs and the high import taxes contribute to the limited availability of large body-style vehicles. Despite some improvement in terms of the waiting period for SUVs in India, certain popular models still have a long waitlist. The top five SUVs with the longest waiting period as of March 2023 are listed below. The information on the waiting period can change depending on the city, colour, and model.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
The price of the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder starts from Rs 10.48 lakh and goes up to Rs 19.49 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). Launched in September 2022, the SUV has been quite successful in India, which is reflected in its waiting period. In some cities, the waiting period for the SUV is reportedly up to 1.5 years. Further, the waiting period for the mild and strong hybrid models is around 12 to 14 months. The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder competes with the models such as the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun, and MG Astor in India.
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Mahindra & Mahindra launched the Thar 2WD at a starting price of Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. Mechanically speaking, the recently launched Mahindra Thar has two engines: a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which generates 117bhp and 300Nm, and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which makes 150bhp and 320Nm. The turbo-petrol engine has a 6-speed automatic transmission, whereas the diesel engine uses a 6-speed manual gearbox. Currently, the waiting period for the Thar is 16 to 18 months. Diesel models with automatic transmissions are reportedly witnessing high demand, whereas petrol models with manual transmission options have a short waiting duration.
The Mahindra XUV700 SUV witnessed a price increase a while ago in India. According to market reports, the XUV700's prices have increased four times since its introduction in August 2021. The SUV's last price increase occurred in September 2022. Initially, the SUV cost Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom). It is significant to notice that only the price of the base MX models of the Mahindra XUV700 has not undergone a revision; all other variants have seen a price hike. The petrol range of the SUV has seen a price increase of up to Rs 50,000, whereas the diesel version has seen a price increase of Rs 64,000. Since its launch in 2021, the XUV700 has had a prolonged waiting period. Some variants of the Mahindra XUV700 SUV take around 12 months to be delivered, and some Indian cities are reporting to have a waiting period of up to 14 months.
Mahindra Scorpio N
The Mahindra Scorpio N has been the company's top sales garner since its launch in the market. In terms of the engine, the Scorpio-N is available with two options: a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel. According to the firm, the vehicle has a high demand in the country. The waiting period for the model is approximately 18 months. Compared to the petrol version, the waiting time for SUV's diesel models is longer.
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Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, launched in September last year, reportedly has a long waiting period. The company, according to reports, delivered over 32,000 Grand Vitara units until January 2023. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara strong-hybrid model has a shorter waiting period, ranging from seven to nine months, depending on the version. On the other hand, the mild hybrid model has a waiting duration of six to eight months. In terms of powertrain, there are two options available for the model – a 1.5-litre K15C petrol engine with a mild hybrid system and a 1.5-litre TNGA petrol engine with a strong-hybrid system. In India, the all-new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara competes with the vehicles like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, Volkswagen Taigun, and Skoda Kushaq.
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