Compact sport utility vehicle

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Suzuki Escudo/Vitara 3-door (1998-2005)

Compact sport utility vehicle, also known as compact SUV, is a class of small sport utility vehicles that is larger than Mini SUVs, but smaller than mid-size SUVs.

The 1982 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and 1984 Ford Bronco II were considered compact-sized compared with the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, and Ford Bronco full-size 4x4s which they were sold alongside. However, a more direct link to the modern compact SUV is found in the 1988 Suzuki Vitara.[1][2] Another early compact SUV was the 1997 Isuzu VehiCROSS.

In markets such as India, they were originally a sub-segment of Utility Vehicles, but the smaller size versions have grown to become a dominant segment.[3]

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  1. ^ Mathioudakis, Byron. "Forester for the trees". Wheels Magazine (November 2018): 87.
  2. ^ "Suzuki Vitara: Everything You Need To Know About All-Grip". January 13, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Modi, Ajay (May 30, 2016). "Size matters: Compact SUVs emerge the new force disruptor". Business Standard India. Retrieved April 8, 2018.