Here is the list of 10 cars sold in the Indian market which command the longest waiting period; From India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki to the SUV expert Mahindra, let’s have a look at the waiting time of some popular cars.
Long waiting period on popular vehicles has become a common norm in the Indian market. Extending to more than one year, the waiting periods have plagued the Indian automobile industry since the pandemic. Supply chain shortage is one of the top reasons behind the massive order pile-up with the manufacturers. Two years down the line, the situation has eased out a bit, but there is still a long way to go before everything comes back to normal. So if you are planning to buy a new car, then we have compiled a list of vehicles with the highest waiting period in the Indian market.
1. Mahindra Scorpio-N
Topping the list with over 21 months of waiting time is the ‘Big Daddy of SUV’. All thanks to its aggressive pricing, the Scorpio N garnered more than 1 lakh bookings in the first 30 minutes of booking commencement. It is based on a rugged ladder frame construction and is available in multiple powertrain options.
2. Kia Carens
The Kia Carens comes with a waiting period of around 20 months. The MPV offers a spacious cabin along with a host of standard safety features like 6 airbags, ESC, hill start assist, all four disc brakes and more.
3. Mahindra XUV700
The most tech-loaded option under the 30 lakh price bracket, the XUV700 commands a waiting period of around 16 months and this is the situation after more than 1 year of its launch.
4. Kia Sonet
The second Kia car on the list is the sub-4-meter compact SUV, Sonet. The waiting period for select variants extends up to 11 months. The aggressive styling, high ground clearance and tech-loaded cabin did the trick for the SUV and it is selling like a hot cake.
5. Hyundai Creta
Trailing the Sonet is another Korean SUV, the Hyundai Creta. The waiting time for the mid-size SUV extends up to 9 months. Going by the ‘Jack of all trades master of none’ theory, the Hyundai Creta is a perfect package in the 15 to 20 lakh budget.
6. Hyundai Venue
Recently received a mid-life facelift, the Hyundai Venue will make you wait for a good 7 months. The value-for-money proposition coupled with the Hyundai’s reliability and good after-sales service are some of the reasons for the SUV’s popularity.
7. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The 7-seater MPV from Maruti Suzuki has a waiting period of around 6 months depending on the variant choice. The waiting time for CNG-powered Ertiga is even higher at almost 10 months.
8. Mahindra Thar
The lifestyle vehicle from Mahindra commands a waiting period of up to 6 months. The Thar is one of the most capable off-roaders in the country and comes in both petrol and diesel powertrain.
9. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
The recently launched budget-strong hybrid options under the 20 lakh price bracket command a waiting period of around 5-6 months. Both SUVs are manufactured at Toyota’s Bidadi plant.
10. Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Last on the list is the Maruti Suzuki’s premium hatchback Baleno. With a waiting period of up to 5 months, the Baleno is one of the best-selling vehicles in the Indian market.