Ever since the launch of the all-new XUV700, Thar and Scorpio N, the Indian SUV manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra has been riding high on the success wave in the nation. The company has been overwhelmed by the response of the buyers in the country and in the process of launching these hot SUVs the brand has managed to break multiple of its own records. Although as much as all of this is a good thing the company does find itself in a bit of a pickle. According to a recent announcement from Mahindra, it was revealed that as of November 1st, 2022, the company is sitting on top of 2.60 lakh open bookings for all the models combined.
Further elaborating on the pending booking details, the company stated that it currently has to deliver 20,000 units of the Thar, 13,000 units of the XUV300, and 13,000 units of the Bolero range. Mahindra also revealed that it has bookings of 1.30 lakh for the newly launched Scorpio-N and Scorpio Classic, along with 80,000 bookings for its top-of-the-line model the XUV700. Additionally, the company is also working in the background to launch the Bolero Neo Plus, XUV400 electric, and Thar 5-door version in the nation which could further drive up the number of reservations.
Mahindra can currently produce up to 29,000 units per month. But in order to meet demand and shorten customer wait times, Mahindra plans to boost its monthly production capacity to 49,000 units by Q4 2024. In the next three years, the company announced that it would invest Rs. 7,900 crores in upgrading its production line. Mahindra is now set up to manufacture 5,000 units of the XUV300, 6,000 units of the Scorpio N, 4,000 units of the Thar, and 6,000 units of the XUV700. However, with additional investment, Mahindra plans to build 9,500 XUV300s, 10,000 Scorpio Ns, 6,000 Thars, and 10,000 XUV700s per month by the fourth quarter of 2024. The wait time for clients should be significantly reduced as a result of this action.
In other Mahindra news, recently the upcoming Thar five-door SUV was spotted testing on Indian roads. Currently, there is not a whole lot of information available on the increased length of the Mahindra Thar’s five-door variant but from the looks of it, the car has become a little larger after the addition of extra doors. In comparison to the present three-door variant, the five-door version will also include a bigger center brake lamp. The fresh pictures also show that the three-door model’s back overhang is not substantially larger. It also suggests that Mahindra may raise the overhands while maintaining the wheelbase to accommodate more space.
The Mahindra Thar’s characteristic set of five-spoke wheels have also been spotted in the most recent spy photos. The wheel arches give the Thar five-door a Jeep Wrangler-like appearance. The five-door Thar’s front end won’t alter from the three-door model; it will look exactly the same. The brand-new Thar 5-door will function in a similar manner as the 3-door model. Mechanically the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that powers the three door Thar will also be powering the five door Thar. The engine produces a maximum output of 150 Bhp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. Meanwhile, the 2.2-liter diesel engines that produces a maximum of 130 PS and 320 Nm of peak torque will also be offered. Both engine types come with a choice of an automatic or manual gearbox.