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European Small SUV Segment Includes Ford, Toyota, Jeep And Skoda

The European mass market SUV segment is growing so fast that its key players, such as Ford and Jeep, double their model offerings. Skoda and Toyota also do not stand aside.

Last year, the small SUV segment (still headed by the Renault Captur) lost only to electric vehicles in terms of growth rates: sales amounted to 1.83 million units or +37%.

According to JATO market analysts, the new models, such as the Volkswagen T-Roc, Citroen C3 Aircross and the Seat Arona, started well on the market and quickly entered the TOP 10.

According to forecasts of LMC Automotive, sales of small SUVs in Europe in 2019 will increase to 1.99 million and to 2.16 million units in 2020, so are ahead of compact SUVs.

This trend cannot be ignored by mass brands. So, at the end of this year, Ford will present the Puma crossover of almost the same size as the EcoSport, but more sporty. The Puma, which is about 4,200 mm long, will provide a transition between the smaller EcoSport (4,017 mm long) and the larger Kuga (4,613 mm).

Jeep also plans to double its presence in the European small SUV segment. Until 2022, a crossover siting below the Renegade (pictured) will be released under this brand.

Skoda has added its model to the fast-growing niche. This is the recently introduced Kamiq. Toyota is expected to launch a small SUV for Europe, which is below the compact C-HR.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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