Earlier, this month we reported that the waiting period of the Mahindra XUV700 has hit 1 year. Well, now the waiting period has increased even more. The customers are reporting a waiting period of 16 months!
The picture was shared by Dhyan Chand G on HVK Car Buying & Maintenance Facebook group. In the picture, we can see that Dhyan has booked an XUV700 and the message says that his delivery month is written as July 2023. There are some people who have cancelled their bookings because of the long waiting period.
Mahindra has 1.6 lakh pending orders and they want to deliver 14,000 units of XUV700 by 14th January 2022. The manufacturer has more than 75,000 bookings which is a huge number considering the SUV was launched a month ago.
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You might know the semiconductor shortage that the world is going through. The automobile manufacturer’s waiting periods are increasing because of the chip shortage issues. In September, Mahindra lost production of 32,000 units because of chip shortage. Manufacturers are trying to tackle this issue by different ways. For instance, Mahindra is revamping their variant line-up.
According to the media reports, Mahindra is working on introducing a new variant. It will be called AX7S or AX7 Smart. It will sit under the AX7 variant as it will not be offered with the ADAS or Advanced Driver Aids System. It is said that the top-end variant uses around 170 chips. So, not offering the features means that Mahindra would be able to save a lot of chips. The homegrown manufacturer will be offering the new variant in all four configurations. There will be a diesel-manual, diesel-automatic, petrol-automatic and petrol-manual.
This is because removing ADAS will also remove many chips from the SUV. So, Mahindra would be able to manufacture the new variant faster and the waiting period would decrease. The AX7 Smart variant would also be priced lower than the regular AX7 variant.
Other features that the new variant would not offer are Passive Entry, Electronic Stability Program, Knee Airbag, Telescopic Steering, Electronic Parking Brake, Hill Hold Control, Electronic Door Handles, Hill Descent Control, Wireless Charger and Driver Drowsiness Detection. You can notice that most of these features would require a semiconductor. So, removing this features would decrease the amount of semicondutors being used.
Engine and gearbox
Mahindra is offering the XUV700 with a petrol engine and a diesel engine. There is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes with direct injection. It produces 200 PS of max power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The 2.2-litre diesel engine produces 185 PS of max power and 420 Nm of peak toque
Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. If you opt for the automatic gearbox with the diesel engine then the torque output is increased to 450 Nm. You can also get all-wheel drive system with the diesel engine on the top-end variant.
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