Mahindra is all set to boost production of its SUVs in a big way, from the current monthly production capacity of 29,000 units to 49,000 units by the Fiscal Year 2024. In other words, Mahindra plans to nearly double production in the next 12-15 months, and this should dramatically reduce waiting times of the automaker’s 3 most popular vehicles – the just-launched Scorpio-N, the flagship XUV700 and the iconic Thar off-roader. Mahindra is also ramping up production of the XUV300 anticipating big demand for its electric variant – the XUV400, that’ll be delivered to customers early next year.
Here’s a quick look at the various production boosts that Mahindra is planning for specific SUV models,
- XUV300, XUV400 production to go up to 9,500 units a month, from the current production of 5,000 monthly units
- Thar production will go up to 6,000 units a month, from the current production of 4,000 monthly units
- Scorpio-N production will go up to 10,000 units a month, from the current production of 6,000 monthly units
- XUV700 production will go up to 10,000 units a month, from the current production of 6,000 monthly units
While the recently launched Mahindra Scorpio-N comes with a wait time of up to 72 weeks, the XUV700 sees waiting times stretching to 72 weeks for specific variants. The Scorpio Classic commands waiting times of 15 months while the Thar is available with a wait time between 3-12 weeks – a far cry from the 9 month waiting time the off-roader commanded a year ago.
What has changed for the Thar?
In case of the Thar, the initial demand of the off-roader has been met, and the main reason Mahindra is boosting production is in anticipation of the upcoming 5-door variant. The 5-door version of the Mahindra Thar will be launched sometime next year. Newer SUV launches such as the XUV700 and Scorpio-N continue to have a huge backlog that Mahindra will clear by boosting production in the coming months.
Next big launches for Mahindra
The XUV400 electric compact SUV will be the first off the block, early next year. Mahindra has already showcased the XUV400, and has revealed the electric SUV’s specifications. The XUV400 is longer than the XUV300, and offers a more usable boot. While it’s heavier, it’s quicker than the internal combustion engined XUV300 thanks to the electric motor producing peak torque right of idle. The XUV400 could be priced similar to the Tata Nexon EV, with prices starting from about Rs. 14 lakh for the base trim.
Next in line is the 5 door version of the Thar, whose testing is going on at feverish pitch. The 5-door version of the Mahindra Thar will make the off-roader a lot more family friendly, and some of the Scorpio-N customers could opt for the bigger Thar. The 5 door Thar is expected to use the 2.2 liter turbo diesel and 2 liter turbo petrol engine that’s also seen on the 3 door model, but with higher states of tune. Both manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered on the 5 door Thar.