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Mini has a lot of history, and the best segments of it were the 1960s and 1970s, when the British brand really took off in terms of popularity and coolness. Now, the company is exploiting a bit of its psychedelic legacy, and has released a new teaser ad for its upcoming Countryman crossover.

The video takes full advantage of the swirly camouflage type, which is used on many car prototypes when they are in the wild, so that a specific shape cannot be determined. But even though it will require a keen sense of sight, the video does betray the overall shape, as previewed by the recent Mini Beachcomber concept and, even more recently, by the leaked design images.

Hit the jump to see the video of this new crossover from Mini.

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The first concrete look at the actual design of the upcoming Mini SUV, which might be called anything from the Crossman to Countryman, has been leaked, thanks to a patent application belonging to the British brand.

The model is set to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, most likely, or even in Detroit next week, before it will enter production and hit the market around September, this year. Prices are speculated to be around $27,000 (around £17,000 or €19,000) and multiple variants, including a GTI-like high performance edition are expected.

The model has been already previewed by the Mini Crossover and the Mini Beachcomber concepts, which were released in the past, and according to many voices, will be the first Mini to be built outside the UK since BMW took over the brand, with Magna’s Graz plant in Austria set to manufacture the future model.

What do you think about the design? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.


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We’ve already talked about UK-based rally Prodrive and its possible plans to introduce the upcoming Mini Countryman crossover into the WRC competition, but after the presentation of the Beachcomber concept, last week, new details have appeared.

It seems that after the Countryman will be officially presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, in March, two mode variants of that platform will arrive. A lower-riding five-door model, which will evoke an estate model, and a performance edition of the Countryman, likened to a GTI edition, which might use the BMW’s 2.0-liter diesel engine.

It is this special Countryman GTI which will receive the rally treatment, new rumors say, with the team at Prodrive aiming to throw it against Citroen’s upcoming DS3 WRC special edition, which is due to replace the C4 WRC in 2011.

Mini did have an impressive rallying history, culminating with the 1964 Monte Carlo rally where it showed bigger models like the Ford Falcon or Citroen DS who’s boss, so BMW might have plenty of things to gain from entering the UK brand into such competitions.


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Big news for Mini fans, as the British company has just unveiled the new Beachcomber concept, which is set to preview the Countryman crossover model that the brand will launch next year.

Influenced by the historical Mini Moke, the new Beachcomber is rather striking to look at and resembles early Jeep Wrangler models due to the pillar-less design. It reflects the future look and seating arrangement of the upcoming Countryman, as well as the ALL4 all-wheel drive system, patented by the British brand.

The Beachcomber is also powered by the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine which will be appearing next year and boasts fabric panels which can be installed to protect its inhabitants from nature’s elements. Besides this, the off-road nature is highlighted by the big ground clearance, as well as the good attack angles and heavy duty tires.

The inside seems similar to other Mini models, but also has a few elements like the rubber floor mats, which remind its inhabitants it is great off road. Expect such a cabin, with more regular elements, to also appear in the final production-ready variant of the Countryman crossover.

Take a look at the pictures in the photo gallery below and share your thoughts about this intriguing concept, which will make its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in January, 2010, by leaving a comment.

Photo Gallery: Mini Beachcomber concept


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Wild speculation time everybody! It seems that renown rally team Prodrive, which up until now represented Subaru in the WRC competition and produced world champions like Colin McRae, Richard Burns or Peter Soldberg, is working with a carmaker completely new to the rally scene and on a car that hasn’t been launched yet.

Hmmm, whatever could it be? *cough* Mini Crossover maybe? When asked about the possibility that his team is indeed working with the British brand, the technical director, David Lapworth, said that he can’t confirm or deny such a thing, and that in the following months it will become harder and harder to keep the project a secret.

“Right now there is nothing to say and I don’t think there will be anything to say until the spring. This is not an official statement from me, it’s just the way things look. That said, it’s going to be very difficult to keep this thing under wraps. Very soon we will have to start involving more and more people: the FIA, a lot more suppliers and things like that. Once we do that, more is bound to come out. It’s possible a holding statement might be made then. It’s going to be hard to keep it a secret.”

When asked by Autocar if the rally team has a working prototype of the car that they will use in the competition, Lapworth revealed that: “That would be difficult, the car doesn’t exist yet.”

While there are certainly plenty of cars which haven’t been launched, it seems that all of the current rumors indicate the Mini Crossover, set to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, as the prime target.

Autocar also suggest that if the rumors were to come true, Mini and Prodrive will test the car during 2010, attend a few stages in 2011 and if things go along smoothly, will enter for the full season in 2012.

Do you see such a thing coming true? Leave a comment with your thoughts.


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It seems that Mini’s release schedule has been leaked and the guys at MotoringFile have gotten a copy, as they have just revealed that the UK brand, owned by BMW, will be presenting its eagerly anticipated Crossover model at the Detroit Auto Show at the beginning of 2010.

The schedule also mentions the presentation of the Coupe and Roadster concepts at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which have already been presented in Europe during the Frankfurt convention, which we reported on.

Besides these models, other types of Mini versions will also see the light of day, codenamed R55/R56/R57, somewhere around the date of the Geneva Motor Show.

While these things are still speculation, it would be great to see the new Crossover model at the beginning of next year. Are you looking forward to these new models in the Mini lineup? Share your view in a comment below.


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It looks like MINI is really busy working on their highly anticipated crossover (could be called Crossman, could be called Crossover, no one knows for sure) and here is a set of the latest spy shots. According to Carscoop, there will be some changes from the Crossover Concept which we really loved back at the Paris Motor Show last year. Among these changes are the conventional doors (the cool asymmetric doors from the concept will go away) and the also conventional liftgate. Some rumors say that the car could share its platform with the upcoming X1, including BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The Crossman, which will be MINI’s first car to measure more than 4 meters (13.1 feet) in length, will probably be powered by some of the engines from the Cooper and it will also get new four-cylinder engines, both in naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms. Another premiere the Crossover brings is the fact that it’ll be the first MINI to be built outside UK at the Magna Steyr plant in Austria. MINI reached this decision because the company’s plant n Cowley doesn’t have enough capacity to handle production.

So, when are we going to see the new crossover from MINI. Well, we’re probably looking at a debut scheduled for this fall’s Frankfurt Motor Show ro, who knows, maybe next year’s Geneva show. And if you’re really anxious about getting one, rumor has it that market launch is scheduled for the sacond half of 2010.


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After we were really impressed with the MINI Crossover Concept last fall in Paris, is looks like the British company is really serious about this project, because spy photographers caught the MINI crossover testing on the frozen grounds of Lapland in Scandinavia. So far nothing’s official, but it seems that the MINI crossover (which doesn’t have an official name yet) will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria and they’re hoping to sell around 60,000 units per year once the car debuts, most likely in 2010. Nothing about the powertrain, the only thing we can tell, from these photos, is that the production version will probably be very similar to the concept showcased in Paris.

This will definitely be on the most highly anticipated cars in the next period, so stay tuned as we’ll let you know more once we find out news about it.

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One of the hottest debuts from the Paris show was definitely the Mini Crossover Concept. I’m not Mini’s biggest fan, but this concept rocks! And the production version will probably be awesome too. Though the concept looks a little weird at first sight, like a Cooper on steroids, that doesn’t mean it’s not great. And that’s not all. Though it has four doors, their arrangement is not ordinary: a conventional arrangement of doors is to be found only on the front passenger’s side, while on the driver’s side the MINI Crossover Concept comes with a conventional door for the ?rst row of seats plus a lift/sliding door moving along the outside for easier access to the rear and for loading the car from the side. And by dropping the B-pillar on the driver’s side, the MINI Crossover Concept exhausts the potential of this opening to an even higher degree.

Another cool feature of the Crossover concept is the MINI Center rail, an universal, multifunction fastening rail that extends between the seats on the centre console of the MINI Crossover Concept. The car’s coolness is completed by the three-dimensional MINI Center Globe, a multi-function display that allows the driver to control all major entertainment, telecommunication and navigation functions, plus speedometer function around its outer circumference.

Overall, we really loved the MINI Crossover Concept and we’re really excited to see how the production-ready version will look like, plus of course, the specs. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos from the Paris Motor Show.

Photo Gallery: MINI Crossover Concept at the Paris Motor Show


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