There has been an economic slowdown amidst the second wave of Covid-19. From everyday items such as grocery to luxury commodities such as automobiles, sales have slowed down. Even then there are some exceptions that continue to sell strong and not even available at the call. So readers here are 10 cars with the highest waiting period as of April 2021.
Renault Kiger (4 months)
The Kiger was Renault’s attempt to regain its relevance in the subcompact SUV segment. Since launched the Kiger is doing decent in terms of sales; although not as good as the Duster when it was launched. It still is quite popular among Indians as its waiting period is up to 3 months, depending on the trim level chosen.
MG Hector (3 months)
The British brand(Chinese owned) brand became one of the top-selling brands as soon as it touched Indian shores. Its first offering ‘Hector’ cemented its place with first in segment features like connected car technology. Even after almost 2 years on the market, the waiting period recently increased to up to 3 months, mainly because of customer demand and partly because of the shortage of semiconductor chips.
Tata Safari (3 months)
Arguably the most anticipated SUV of 2021, the Tata Safari was unveiled earlier this year. Although auto enthusiasts were not satisfied with the new-gen; mostly because it is just a seven-seater Harrier, people were still happy that the Safari name tag is back. And this is pretty evident by the waiting period for owning one. In some cities, the waiting period goes up to 3 months depending on the trim level. Tata has also commenced the delivery of the Safari Adventure Persona recently, which will only add to its popularity.
Hyundai i20 (3 months)
Perhaps the most versatile hatchback in its segment due to its multiple engines and transmission options and also trim levels; the i20 is the first choice of customers with a budget of 7-8 lakhs. But sadly they have to wait as the waiting period for it is up to 3 months in select cities.
Toyota Fortuner (4 months)
The undisputed king of SUVs, Toyota Fortuner has never been a car you can just go into the showroom and come out driving one. But with the recent facelift and the larger than life Legender variant, the waiting has increased. For the lower trims, the waiting period is upto 2 months while for the Legender is upto 4 months. Time to call up your MLA uncle!
Kia Sonet (5 months)
Another brand that cemented its position in India in a very less period of time is Kia. The South Korean brand’s latest offering ‘Sonet’ has been topping sales charts in its segment. To get your hands on one you have to wait for up to 5 months in select cities. It is also bound to come with minor safety and comfort features upgrade and also with the new Kia logo soon.
Nissan Magnite (8 months)
Magnite is the only Nissan offering that is keeping the brand alive in India. Due to many features, a couple of drivetrain options and most importantly the price, Nissan Magnite gained immense popularity in a short amount of time. The waiting period for the lower trim levels is touching the 8 months mark, although you only have to wait for a month for the top-spec variant.
Suzuki Ertiga (8 months)
Maruti’s entry-level MPV, the Ertiga, is currently the best-selling MPV in India, due to its brilliant combination of affordability, low running costs, and good interior space.It is such a good deal that even MPV king Toyota is about to launch a rebadged version of the Ertiga. After 9 years it’s still going strong with a waiting period for up to 8 months for select trim levels in select cities. Kudo Ertiga!
Hyundai Creta (9 months)
The Creta is the best-selling SUV in India right now(the SUV bit is arguable) due to its good looks, a feature-loaded cabin and multiple engine and transmission options. Due to its high demand, its waiting period is also very high with the base variant taking 9 months and other variants having a period of 6 weeks to 3 months.
Mahindra Thar (10 months)
Even though Mahindra is doing everything it can to speed up deliveries with an increase in production, its delivery time continues to rise. Since launched in 2020, the Thar saw an inflow of bookings not seen in a long amount of time. With rugged looks, a waterproof interior and commendable off-road capabilities, it’s an excellent second car. The delivery period skyrockets to 10 months in select cities! But well it’s worth the wait.
It is always said that being patient is rewarding but do you think it’s worth waiting for these cars? Let us know in the comments below. Till then these were 10 cars with the highest waiting period as of April 2021.
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