When did SUV's first hit the road?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Ford Model T was used for all sorts of things. It was driven in the city like a car. It was used for utility like a truck. Many people took them offroad and camping. Edison and Ford both took Model Ts camping (this is where Kingsford charcoal was developed).
As we know it-1933 or 1935
The Chevy Suburban was introduced in 1933 for sale to the National Guard and Civilian Conservation Corps. It was a wagon body on a 1/2 ton truck chassis. It was made available for the general public in 1935.
Contemporary SUVs came into existence with the International Harvester Scout in 1961 and 1963 with the Jeep Wagoneer. Before that, other truck-station wagon hybrids that might qualify as SUVs were around too, but the first modern SUV was the 1974 Jeep Cherokee.
The current incarnation of SUV can be credited to the early 1990s with vehicles like the Ford Explorer. This generation turned the SUV from a utility vehicle for more than three people into the highly optioned suburb crawler as we know it today.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The first SUV was arguably the 1981 Isuzu Trooper. Early Jeeps mentioned in other posts were utility vehicles, not Sports Utility Vehicles as defined by most people.
- capitalgentlemanLv 71 decade ago
In WWII, a company called Willis made a "general purpose" or "gp" vehicle. It became known as a Jeep, from the GP. I would call this the grandfather of SUV's today. There have been other vehicles like them all along, but they really took off in the last ten years or so.
- MaryLv 71 decade ago
Well, they weren't called SUV's, but - - - how about the Jeep in the US military? Now the Jeep Wrangler!
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- ZimmerLv 41 decade ago
And the Land Rover never got mentioned,strange that I think,touch of green cheese perhaps.