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XUV
Short for CROSS-over Utility Vehicle. Dating back to the early 1950's, they are automobiles with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient unibody construction. Cars such as the Moskvitch 410 and AMC Eagle, are classic designs of early cross-overs. The crossover design has become a new trend in the automotive industry that some say was revived from Japanese makes, such as the Nissan Murano. Mainly built for the new age of "MPG" and emissions, they are simply platform economy cars with a larger, more reinforced body and engine.
Here are some XUV's with the platform they are based on:

Model(s)__________________Platform

Acura MDX and Honda Pilot-------Honda Accord
Audi Allroad Quattro------------Audi A6
BMW X3--------------------------3-Series
BMW X5--------------------------5-Series
Buick Rendezvous/Pontiac Aztek--U platform (GM minivans)
Cadillac SRX--------------------Cadillac CTS & STS
Chevrolet Captiva---------------GM Theta platform
Chevrolet HHR------------------Chevrolet Cobalt
Chrysler Pacifica--------------Chrysler Town and Country
Ford Escape------------------> Ford CD2 platform
Mazda Tribute----------------->Ford CD2 platform
Mercury Mariner--------------> Ford CD2 platform
Ford Ecosport----------------Ford Fiesta
Ford Freestyle---------------Ford Five Hundred
Ford Territory---------------Ford Falcon
GMC Acadia-------------------->GM Lambda platform
Saturn Outlook---------------->GM Lambda platform
Buick Enclave----------------->GM Lambda platform
Holden Adventra/HSV Avalanche----Holden Commodore
Honda CR-V and Honda Element-----Honda Civic
Infiniti FX-----------------Infiniti G35
Lincoln MKX/Ford Edge---------->Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ,
^^---------->Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan,
^^---------->Mazda6

Toyota Harrier/Lexus RX and---->Toyota Camry
Toyota Kluger/Highlander--------^^

Mazda CX-9-------------Ford CD3 platform
Mitsubishi Endeavor----Mitsubishi Galant
Mitsubishi Outlander---Mitsubishi Lancer
Nissan Murano--------------Nissan Altima
Nissan X-Trail-------------Nissan Almera
Subaru Forester-----------Subaru Impreza
Subaru Outback----------Tribeca (shared)
Suzuki SX4------------------Suzuki Swift
Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe-------Corolla
Volvo XC90---------------------Volvo S80
by Enzo z4 July 07, 2007