Geneva launch and September sales are going to plan, says source

The Mini SUV's on-sale date is on track, despite rumours to the contrary, a BMW source has told Autocar.

The new Mini SUV will get its first public airing at the Geneva motor show and go on sale in September.

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Our insider also revealed that the new SUV, built on a new platform, would be available in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel drive forms.

It will also be powered by the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from the existing Mini range and carry over model designations; Cooper and Cooper S will be the range-toppers.

Pricing will undercut the BMW X1, meaning there will be humbler models in the line-up to weigh in at under £20,000.

One thing still to be decided, however, is the name for the first four-door Mini. Crossman and Countryman are two favoured options, but our source said that the matter is still being hotly debated in Munich.

Chas Hallett

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Richard H 19 November 2009

Re: Mini SUV is 'on track'

This is an SUV...... With Cooper and Cooper S models.... That wiring noise is John Cooper, spinning in his grave...... They should use Countryman or something like that for an SUV version (Which is a daft idea, anyway)