Mahindra has been bringing blockbuster cars to the Indian market in recent years. The trend started with the all-new Mahindra Thar that saw a spectacular waiting period. The next in line was the XUV700, which became one of the most advanced vehicles in the segment with futuristic tech like ADAS but the waiting period soared to more than a year. The latest report by Bloomberg reveals that the shortage of semiconductors and disruption in the global supply chain is causing the waiting period to increase.
According to the report, many customers will have to wait for as much as 22 months after booking the new XUV700 to get the delivery of the vehicle.
Rajesh Jejukar, executive director, Mahindra and Mahindra, said that the XUV700 has over 70,000 pending deliveries across India. However, the chip shortage is causing production issues. Even though the global shortage eased out at the end of 2021, Mahindra is still facing other global supply chain pain points.
Even though Mahindra is going through a major shortage, the brand announced the much-awaited and already delayed all-new Scorpio-N. With the all-new Scorpio also offering a slew of tech-rich features, we know that a large number of semiconductors will be used to power these electrical features.
Mahindra is not the only carmaker that is suffering from a shortage of semiconductors at the moment. Kia customers are facing massive long waiting periods on its vehicles that can extend to up to 6 months on a few models. Even Maruti Suzuki has said that the global crunch of semiconductors will not end till 2023.
Mahindra Scorpio-N to face a similar issue?
While Mahindra has said that it will start offering test drives to its customers in 30 cities from 5th July, the brand will start accepting bookings by the end of next month. Mahindra might be building a corpus of Scorpio models before it starts to deliver the vehicles.
Without mentioning an exact delivery date, Mahindra said that the customer handovers will start in the festive season. It is possible that Mahindra is treading cautiously with the Scorpio-N as the waiting periods on the XUV700 went out of hand and Mahindra had to take steps to allocate the models to the customers.
Talking about the ground reality, different variants of the Mahindra XUV700 are commanding different waiting periods. Starting with the base-spec MX variants, the waiting period given by the dealer outlets is three to four months for the petrol version and six months for the diesel version. For the MX variant, the XUV700 has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged 200 PS petrol engine and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder 155 PS diesel engine.
Then comes the manual and automatic AX5 variants, for which Mahindra is taking six months to deliver the petrol automatic variants and up to eight months for the diesel automatic variants. For the range-topping AX7 variants, the XUV700 commands a waiting period of up to eight months for the petrol version and ten months for the diesel version. The AX range of variants is offered with the options of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged 200 PS petrol engine and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder 185 PS diesel engine.