@parkedinbangalore 1999 Toyota RAV4
When I think of vehicles in the crossover segment, I think of pseudo-SUVs that pretend to be offroaders AND family haulers AND performance vehicles all at the same time. I hate them, and it's all Toyota's fault.
Toyota launched the RAV4 in 1994, and was designed for people who wanted a vehicle that had most of the benefits of SUVs, such as increased cargo room, higher visibility, and the option of 4-wheel drive, along with the maneuverability and fuel economy of a compact car. And thus, the dreaded 'crossover' segment was born. Here's a 🌟fun fact🌟 for you: RAV4 meant "Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-wheel-drive" vaow very creative.
These 1st-generation RAV4s came with both 3-door (which were incredibly small) and 5-door versions, and facelifted models like this one even came with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine making about 127HP. It was an insanely practical vehicle, with it's large trunk door that didn't lift up like a hatchback but all the way to the side with tons of cargo space inside. The ruggedness of the 1st-gen model was also highlighted by its hard plastic cladding all over the side.
While this 1st-gen model didn't really do that well, rivals such as the Honda CR-V came in and grabbed the spotlight. However, from the 2nd-generation onwards, the RAV4 became a money-making machine for Toyota.
These were never sold here officially, and I'm not sure when this was imported here. But this particular one has been abandoned and left to die, as you can already see its wheels sinking into the ground. Even things like the entire spare tyre are missing!