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2017 Mini Countryman

2017 Mini Countryman

The Countryman just got larger with the help of BMW’s new X1 platform

Launched in 2010, the Countryman is one of the newest additions to the Mini family. Based on the Crossover Concept, the company’s first mini SUV debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive model was added for the 2014 model year, a year before the Countryman received its mid-cycle refresh. Longer, wider and taller than any other Mini, the Countryman just got even larger with the second-generation model.

The new Countryman was spotted testing in Germany as early as September of 2014. Two years have passed and the crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Significantly larger than its predecessor, the new Countryman boasts a new exterior and a revamped interior with modern features and new technology. Although Mini claims that the new crossover "remains firmly rooted in the tradition of the British brand," the modern-day Countryman has very little in common with the original two-door estate from the 1960s.

This will be highly noticeable among purists, some of which might be offended by the comparison, but open-minded fans will probably appreciate the enhanced roominess and larger trunk space that come with a longer and wider body. The redesigned crossover will hit North American shores starting March 2017. Stay tuned for updates.

Updated 12/07/2016: Mini announced prices for the 2017 Countryman which will go on sale in March 2017.

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2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman

2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman

It’s the most powerful and Torquiest production Mini to date!

Mini showed off its new design language in the 2014 Mini Cooper, and since then, Mini brought us a four-door version of the hatch and revamped the Mini Countryman. Then in late 2015, Mini finally pulled out all of the stops and offered the next-gen Mini Clubman for the 2016 model year. The biggest change came in the size department as the Clubman is now 12.4-inches longer and 4.6-inches wider than before. Other styling changes include things like larger headlamps and fog lamps, new taillights, and exhaust pipes that are integrated into the rear bumper. At launch the Clubman was offered with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder or a 2.0-liter four-banger in the Clubman S. The latter offered 189 horsepower and a 6.9-second sprint to 60 mph. That’s great and all, but there was still room for something better, and Mini has finally made it happen with the new John Cooper Works Clubman.

Powered by a twin-turbo, 2.0-liter, the JCW Clubman delivers 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque which makes it the most powerful and torquiest production car that Mini has made to date. As is the usual case with JCW models, the new Clubman gets its own unique features like Black 18-inch wheels, performance seats, and tuned suspension. It also comes equipped with Mini’s latest iteration of the ALL4 all-wheel drive system to help keep things from getting squirrely during spirited driving or extreme maneuvers.

Thomas Felbermair, the VP or Mini of the Americas, said,” Performance and versatility are part of our DNA and our heritage so naturally there has always been a plan in place to bring the John Cooper Works variant to the Mini Clubman model. The addition of the John Cooper Works design and performance enhancements and the new ALL4 all-wheel drive system to the already versatile Mini Clubman model we have once again raised the bar in the premium compact segment.”

With that said, let’s dive on in a take a look at all the finer details of the Mini JCW Clubman.

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2013 Mini Paceman

2013 Mini Paceman

At the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Mini unveiled the Paceman Concept and soon thereafter, rumors began that the company was preparing the production version. Now those rumors can be laid to rest as Mini has unveiled the production version Paceman, just a few weeks before its official debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

The new Paceman is the seventh model in the brand family and is also the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium small and compact vehicle segment. It is a two-door version of the Countryman and will be offered with the same technology and engines as its five-door brother.

This means that customers will have to choose between two petrol and two diesel engines, with power ranging from 112 HP to 184 HP. These engines will be combined with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic as an option. Mini has also announced that a John Cooper Works is in the works.

UPDATE 09/14/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the new Mini Paceman.

UPDATE 11/28/12: MINI has officially released pricing details for the Paceman. Check out how much a model’s going to cost after the jump

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Here It Is: The 2013 Mini Paceman!

Here It Is: The 2013 Mini Paceman!

Mini’s one formula, multiple cars gig got another rendition added when the company unveiled the Mini Paceman Concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Concept cars usually can’t be counted on to make it to production every time, but Mini already knows the sales are in the bag considering their success with the original Countryman. The production version is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show at the end of this month, but the secret has been turned out a little early thanks to the first leaked images of the 2013 Paceman.

As these spy shots reveal, the design language of the production version Paceman will remain faithful to the concept car unveiled in 2011, leaving little need for these leaked images. The new Paceman is the two-door version of the Countryman, so it will borrow all of the tech features from it. This will also include the engine line-up, meaning that the 2013 Paceman will offer a choice of a 122 HP 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for the standard model and a turbocharged variant with 184 HP for the S version.

Full details on the 2013 Paceman will be unveiled next week, so stay tuned!

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2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP

2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP

The top model Mini from the last generation was the JCW GP - a special edition with just 2,000 units. Now it seems history is about to repeat itself as Mini has just unveiled the official details on the new John Cooper Works GP, described by the company as the fastest Mini ever built: it laps the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 8 min. 23 seconds.

The new John Cooper Works GP will be offered with powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motor sport, but Mini did not announced any specifications just yet. However, they did confirmed it lapped the Nurburgring ring in 8 minutes and 23 seconds - an improvement over the previous GP model by 19 seconds.

On the exterior the new model will be distinguished by large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts, a bespoke roof spoiler and newly developed rear diffuser. This impressive package continues on the interior where the car has the rear seats removed in order to get a more racing appearance.

The new model will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 units.

UPDATE 11/29/12: The new Mini John Cooper Works GP made its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. With the occasion Mini announced that only 500 units will be imported to the U.S. market where it will be priced at $39,950 (includes $700 Destination and Handling charge).

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Official: Mini Paceman Hitting Showrooms in 2013

Love `em or hate `em, you can’t help but be impressed with how far MINI can go in stretching out one basic design. In late-2011, MINI debuted a new coupe version of its Countryman and dubbed it the Paceman – no, not the Pac-Man – but gave us very little info. Then over a year went by before we heard anything else, then finally after a year and two months, MINI announced that the Paceman would be shown in Paris in 2012, but under the Clubman Coupe name.

Well, MINI is finally prepared to announce this new models release, but it will, oddly enough, not bear the name we all expected. Dr. Kay Segler, the senior VP of Mini, told about 1,000 Mini enthusiasts at this year’s Mini Takes the States rally that "The Mini Paceman is the official name of the brand’s seventh model, which will be launched next year in the U.S."

In one quick statement, Segler killed two birds with one stone. First, he cleared up the fact that this new coupe will indeed bear the Paceman name, as opposed to the Clubman Coupe. Secondly, we now know that the Paceman will hit showrooms some time in 2013. Though no official date was given, we anticipate that it will be fairly early in the year, as this is really not a new model, but rather just a Clubman with two doors.

This now expands the MINI lineup to seven models based on the same basic appearance. We are starting to wonder if MINI will ever get tired of producing the same car over and over again. Then again, as long as people keep snagging them up, why change?

We will continue to provide you with more updates on this upcoming model as we get closer to its release date.

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2012 Mini Countryman WRC

2012 Mini Countryman WRC

Mini has unveiled today at the Paris Auto Show their WRC model for the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship. However, in 2011 the new Mini WRC will only compete in six of 13 scheduled rounds, with only 2012 being a full season for them. The MINI WRC will be powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged engine that was derived from from Mini’s production models and improved upon by BMW Motorsport. The engine is then mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox. Likewise, because of its rallying objectives, the interior of the Countryman WRC has been fitted with a Prodrive-sourced roll cage.

Serving as the team’s principal will be Prodrive chief and ex rally driver David Richards. Together, he and Dirk Hollweg, Mini’s Motorsport head and David Wilcock, the team’s technical director, will form the team’s, shall we say, holy trinity.

Taking the reins for the team will be Kris Meeke and his co-pilot Paul Nagle, a team that took the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title back in 2009. The two will be joined in the team by Daniel Sordo and Carlos del Barrio.

"The Paris Motor Show is the perfect stage, on which to launch our MINI WRC,” says Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing. “The response to our announcement that MINI will return to the world of rallying next year was very positive. The FIA World Rally Championship is the pinnacle of rallying, making it the ideal platform for demonstrating the competitive spirit of our brand. The development of the car isrunning on schedule, and the preparations for the world championship are in full swing. The MINI Countryman production model provided the ideal basis for our new world championship challenger."

Press release after the jump.

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2010 MINI Scooter E Concept

2010 MINI Scooter E Concept

The scooter war in Paris is now on. Okay, we’re just making it up, but it is a little curious that days after Smart revealed their ’E-Scooter’ concept, another brand went ahead and released the first official photos of their own Paris-bound electric scooter.

To outdo Smart and its e-scooter, BMW has bared their plans of bringing three of its lithium-ion battery-powered MINI Scooter E Concepts to the Paris Motor Show. Take that, Smart!

As a sign of what the future holds for the scooter market, the MINI Scooter E Concepts will be featured with the latest smart technology, including the utilization of smartphones that can be used to do a plethora of tasks, not the least of which include a navigational system function.

The three MINI Scooter E Concepts will come in three unique colors, including one that will bear the same finish as that of the MINI E electric car. Meanwhile, the other two Scooter E Concepts will come in the colors of the UK Mod subculture while the other one will be colored with the British Racing Green finish-brown leather seat combination.

That’s about all of the information we have of the MINI Scooter E Concepts, but expect more information about these scooters when the doors of the Paris Motor Show officially open next week.

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MINI Crossover Concept - official video

Mini today revealed the first official video of the 2009 Crossover Concept that will make its world debut at the Paris Auto Show.

The Mini Crossover Concept is a new model variant for the first time measuring more than thirteen feet in length, with four drive wheels, four full doors and four single seats. This car will not only help Mini into new markets because it is a larger car, but it injects a little toughness into the company’s cute image.


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2009 Mini Crossover Concept

2009 Mini Crossover Concept

Rumors about a Crossover from Mini circulated for quite a long time. Today, the company wanted to prove they are as serious as possible about this and revealed first preview of the future model with the unveiling of the Crossover Concept. Official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show.

The Mini Crossover Concept is a new model variant for the first time measuring more than thirteen feet in length, with four drive wheels, four full doors and four single seats. This car will not only help Mini into new markets because it is a larger car, but it injects a little toughness into the company’s cute image.

This is new territory for Mini. The Cooper and Clubman models were modern interpretations of classic Mini designs. The original Mini was never built in an SUV form. The closest original Mini variation to this crossover was the Moke, which was a stripped out Mini intended for military use.

Press release after the jump.

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BMW X1 and Mini SUV Concepts to be revealed in Paris

BMW X1 and Mini SUV Concepts to be revealed in Paris

BMW will unveil two concept cars at the Paris Motor Show in October: the X1 SUV and a a near-to-production version of the Mini SUV. The X1 goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2009. The Mini SUV will go on sale in the second quarter of 2010.

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer announced last September that both models would go into production. The X1 is based on the 1-series entry premium sedan and will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant in eastern Germany. The Mini SUV will be outsourced to Austrian contract manufacturer Magna Steyr.

Both models will use engines existing in the 1 series and Mini models.

"The X1 will use the two highest spec gasoline and the two highest spec diesel engines from the 1 series. The Mini will use the engines from the Cooper S and the Cooper D," a source said.

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Mini Crossman Concept to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show

Mini Crossman Concept to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show

Mini will unveil the Crossman SUV in 2009, but a first preview will be made in October at the Paris Motor Show where the company will bring the future 4x4 in a concept version.

The difference between Crossman and a regular Cooper is that the crossover will be 8 cm higher and will have a length of more than 4 meters. The technical platform will be the same used on the rest on the MINIs, the only difference being the addition of a 4WD system.

Crossman will be built by Magna with a capacity of 80,000 units per year.

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MINI Monte - more details

MINI Monte - more details

Mini will unveil its first sports activity model in 2009. It will be badged "Monte" and will be based on the recently launched Clubman. The 2009 Monte will be launched next year at the Paris Motor Show. Prices are expected to start at around £2,000 more than the Clubman.

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Mini at Paris Motor Show

Mini at Paris Motor Show

A unique story of success is entering the next round: The MINI, the world’s best-selling small premium car, is entering its second model generation.
Making its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the new MINI is really new in every respect five years after its predecessor entered the market.
As the top performer in its class, the new MINI is making its way to the road with brand-new four-cylinder power units. And despite even better performance and sportiness, the new MINI is even (...)

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