Mini sport utility vehicle

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In 2013, the Renault (Dacia) Duster became the 3rd best-selling subcompact SUV in the world
Peugeot 2008, a modern subcompact SUV
In 2014, the Renault Captur is the best-selling subcompact SUV in Europe

Mini SUV, also called subcompact SUV or subcompact crossover, is a class of small sport utility vehicles with a length under and around 4,200 mm (165.4 in). The term usually comprises any vehicle that is smaller than a compact SUV in North-American standardization, or any 4x4 with a supermini body in international standardization or based on a supermini (B-segment cars in Europe) platform.[1][2][3]

First mini SUVs appeared in the course of 1990s and were off-road vehicles built on body-on-frame chassis, such as the Suzuki Samurai. Although some of the current models still use this concept, mostly due to their off-road prowess and more manageable size on the trail (for example, a large SUV might not fit in the narrower parts of the trail), modern mini SUVs reside on unibody construction and offer only few off-road capabilities, hence falling into the crossover SUV category. Some are even representative of modern superminis with only a bumper hinge and more ground clearance.

The Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke have both started the trend of modern mini SUVs that are based on unibody construction since early 2010s.

In Japan, as cars under 3,400 mm (133.9 in) in length are classified as kei cars and attract lower taxes; some manufacturers build these cars with off-road looks (such as the Mitsubishi Pajero Mini).

Examples

Type Brand Name Production Model years
Crossover Chevrolet/Holden Trax 2013–present 2015–present (USA)
Crossover Citroën C4 Cactus 2014–present (France)
Crossover Dacia/Renault Duster 2010–present (France)
Crossover Dacia/Renault Sandero Stepway 2008–present (Wales)
Crossover Fiat 500X 2014–present 2016–present (Italy)
Crossover Ford EcoSport 2003–present 2018–present (USA)
Crossover Honda Crossroad 1993-1998 (USA)
Crossover Honda HR-V 1998-2006, 2014–present 2016–present
Crossover Honda Vezel 2013–present
Crossover Honda Z 1998-2002
Crossover Hyundai Creta 2014–present
Crossover Jeep Renegade 2014–present 2015–present
Crossover Kia Niro 2016–present 2017–present
Crossover Kia Soul 2013–present 2014–present
Crossover Mazda CX-3 2015–present 2016–present
Crossover Mini Mini Countryman 2010–present 2011–present (UK)
Crossover Mitsubishi Pajero iO/Pinin 1998-2007
Crossover Mitsubishi Pajero Junior 1995-1998
Crossover Mitsubishi Pajero Mini 1994-2012
Crossover Mitsubishi Space Runner 1991-2002
2010–present
Crossover Nissan Juke 2010–present 2011–present (Japan)
Crossover Opel/Vauxhall/Buick Mokka/Encore 2012–present 2013–present
Crossover Peugeot 2008 2013–present (France)
Crossover Renault/Renault-Samsung Captur/QM3 2013–present
Crossover Renault Kwid 2015–present
Crossover Suzuki Ignis 2000-2008
Crossover Suzuki/Fiat SX4/Sedici 2006–present (Japan/France)
Crossover Suzuki Aerio SX
Crossover Toyota C-HR 2016–present 2018–present (USA)
Crossover Toyota Rush 2006–present 2007–present
Crossover Toyota Urban Cruiser
Crossover Volkswagen CrossPolo (Germany)
Crossover Volkswagen CrossFox
Crossover Volkswagen CrossGolf (based on Golf V/VI Plus) 2005-2014
Crossover Volkswagen Taigun 2017-present
Crossover Zotye Auto Zotye 2008/Hunter 1946-1958 (Poland)
Off-roaders Daihatsu Terios 1997–2017
Off-roaders Automotive Industries Ltd. AIL Storm (USA)
Off-roaders Chevrolet S-10 Blazer ZR-2
Off-roaders Daihatsu Taft
Off-roaders Daihatsu Rocky/Fourtrak
Off-roaders Land Rover Defender 90 1985–present (Ireland)
Off-roaders LuAZ 969 Volyn
Off-roaders Mazda AZ-Offroad
Off-roaders Nissan Terrano
Off-roaders Suzuki Samurai/Jimny (Japan)
Off-roaders Suzuki/Geo Vitara/Tracker
Off-roaders Troller T4

See also

References

  1. ^ "Prepare for the mini-SUV invasion…". Top Gear. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Nissan Juke 1.5dCi Tekna Review". Autocar. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Auto Express - First Drive Nissan Juke". jukeownersclub. Retrieved 24 May 2017.


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