Tata brought back the Safari this year and despite some criticism, it is selling well in the Indian market. The Safari and the Harrier beat the MG Hector and Hector Plus in terms of dispatches to the dealerships. There is also a new competitor in the Indian market known as the Hyundai Alcazar which also beat the MG Hector Twins and took the second position while at the third position was the Tata Harrier.
Tata Motors sold 1,536 units of the Safari in May’21 while in Apr’21 the dispatch volume was 1,514. That is a growth of 1.45 percent. The market share of the Safari increased from 21.83 percent in Apr’21 to 24.86 percent in May’21. The market share increased by 3.03 percent.
Surprisingly, at the second position was the Hyundai Alcazar with 1,360 units in May’21. This helped it capture 22.01 percent of the market share. This seems like a pretty good starting for an upcoming SUV that is not yet launched in the market.
Tata Motors also sold 1,360 units of Harrier in May’21 which is 352 units less than the sales numbers of April’21 where the manufacturer sold 1,712 units. The shows a decrease of 20.56 percent. The market share of the Harrier also fell by 2.67 percent. The market share fell from 24.68 percent to 22.01 percent. Despite this, the Harrier was in the third position.
At fourth position is the MG Hector and Hector Plus. In Apr’21, MG sold 2,147 units whereas, in May’21, they sold 1,2331 units. This shows a decrease of 42.66 percent. Due to this the market share of the MG Hector Twins also fell. The market share of the Hector Twins was 30.95 percent in April’21 which has now fallen to 19.92 percent in May’21.
Jeep also launched a facelift of the Compass. However, the dispatch figure has fallen by 43.85 percent. In Apri’21, 846 units were dispatched whereas in May’21 only 475 units were dispatched. The market share of the also decreased by 4.51 percent. The market share used to be 12.20 percent which is 7.69 percent in May’21. The Compass is the most premium SUV when compared to its rivals. Due to which not many people opt for it.
At sixth position is the Mahindra XUV 500. The dispatch figures for the XUV 500 fell from 717 units in April to just 217 units in May’21. The market share of the XUV 500 also fell by 6.83 percent. The market share used to be 10.34 percent which is now just 3.51 percent. This is due to the fact the XUV 500 is the oldest in the segment. Mahindra has already announced that they will be discontinuing the XUV 500 and they have started working on an all-new generation of XUV 500. This is a right move as the XUV 500’s design is ageing and the SUV itself is near the end of its lifecycle.
A more premium SUV called XUV 700 is slated to launch in the August-October timeframe. The XUV 700 will be going against the Tata Safari, Hyundai Alcazar and the MG Hector Plus. It will be offered with 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel engine. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The prices of the XUV 700 will be slightly on the higher side when compared to the competition.