This looks like a very intersting vehicle to me.
You can count me a one of the people that questioned the logic of this whole small CUV market. Then my better half decided to buy a Suzuki SX4 and I've come to realize that these smaller compact CUV's are terrific vehicles for the canadian market.
They are small enough to zip around town, park etc. without feeling massive, yet the hatchback configuration still allows you to jam a huge amount of stuff inside. I regularly carry 8ft. pieces of wood in the SX4. The AWD systems remove some of the anxiety of winter driving, and the smaller weight/engines result in decent fuel economy.
I certainly hope the trend (Nissan Juke, Subaru XV, Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore) of more of these type vehicles continues because the current crop of compact SUV's (CR-V, Rav 4 etc.) are no longer very compact.