Mini has been toying around with the idea of a CUV based on their classic Cooper model. The concept crossover was first seen at the 2008 Paris Auto Show and a production version will make an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. However the real news is that the long time project has been going around nameless ever since its creation, well the German automaker has just registered the name “Countryman,” and we can only assume that the title will be applied to the future crossover.

The production version of the Countryman will get the same 1.6 Liter four cylinder engine as the rest of Mini’s lineup, and like most models the horsepower figures will vary depending on whether or not you choose the regular Cooper or turbocharged Copper S. Mini has said that at the moment there are no plans for a John Cooper Works edition, but if more power is needed, a very JCW-like twin-turbocharged version of the Mini’s power plant could be made available.

The Mini Countryman CUV will start out as front wheel drive model, but soon after will offer a version featuring their corporate parent company’s X-Drive four wheel drive system from BMW. This all wheel drive unit will make the Countryman as capable an off-roader as the automaker is hoping for.


Source: Motoringfile

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BMWM6  (488) posted on 07.16.2009

well they do have a mini clubman which is slightly larger than the regular mini so I dont know why they need this

a few years back like in 2000 something like this would have made sense because they could sell it alongside the regular mini at its debut and the buyers would more likely choose this over this mini at that time. It also would make a great competitior to the rav4

Dont look at it as something off the mini lines look at it as a new suv inspired by the mini It also looks like a good offroader so it could be again a good competitor to the wrangler

and since mini is always about fun they could put a convertible for this suv like the future murano and wrangler

BMWM6  (183) posted on 07.16.2009

Could this be a plot to kill the Mini? Ever since BMW came into the picture, the Mini never seemed to have done a better car.

BMWM6  (182) posted on 07.16.2009

I’m a girl but I don’t think I would waste money for that SUV. While its great to have a small SUV, I never wanted to have a mini SUV. I’m still thinking about the market they are trying to target. Kids perhaps? Those who have just learned to drive? Nope I don’t think so. BMW must make sense out of this. I have so much high regards for the designs of Mini but this one is simply a disgust.

BMWM6  (180) posted on 07.16.2009

You’re right there Grandprix. BMW said that this car received a positive feedback from its debut in the Paris Motor Show. Most probably their eyeing on selected market for this car. Probably girls who wants SUV but not as big as the usual SUV. A four wheel drive sounds cool for this. I just wish they would let go of the front wheel drive. I drove one myself and the performance wasn’t that great.

BMWM6  (182) posted on 07.16.2009

Well it could possibly attract small sectors of the car market. Who knows it might do good in the market. A good marketing strategy is of course not to make it pricey.

BMWM6  (182) posted on 07.16.2009

And they wish to call this "Countryman?" I don’t think so. There’s a reason why they call themselves Mini. That’s because they always have a way of coming out with small, compact but powerful cars. There’s no need to stretch the choices for the Mini. They’re doing just fine. So please, don’t mass produce this car. Or might as well follow Chrysler with their bankruptcy.

BMWM6  (177) posted on 07.16.2009

Its not very impressing. Others might find it cute but as for me, its not pretty. i hope it won’t push for production because no one would waste money over this crap. Mini would do better than this. Please don’t risk your prestige for the sake of coming out with a new style.

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