14 August 2020
Author: Simon Harris
It might not have been the first of the new breed of SUVs in the 1990s, but it was no less influential.
There are a number of other mainstream manufacturers that can lay claim to innovating in the trend for modern SUVs. The car that set the trend was probably the Toyota Rav4 in 1994 – tapping into demand for a compact SUV that was comfortable being driven around town and on the motorway, with off-road ability secondary.
The Honda CR-V followed, but in 1997 Land Rover launched the Freelander with arguably