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. 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.
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