Forthcoming Mini SUV snapped testing; here in 2010
17 October 2008

Our spy photographers have captured Mini’s forthcoming SUV being tested ahead of launch in 2010.We’ve already seen the car as the Crossman concept at the Paris show, but these are the best pictures of a production version.It’s clear that this is going to be the biggest car to wear a Mini badge so far, likely to be more than 4.0 metres in length.>> See more pics of the Mini CrossThe Paris show car was badged as the Mini Crossman, but BMW insiders say the production car will be sold as the Mini Cross.The finished car will also lose most of the Paris show concept’s more outlandish details, including the sliding ‘parallelogram’ hinges of its rear doors.But it’s possible that the production version will keep the concept’s wind-down tailgate windows, which make it easier to carry longer loads.Although the Mini Cross is almost as big as BMW’s forthcoming X1 compact SUV, the two cars will not share mechanical components.Instead the Cross will use a developed version of the platform and powertrains already offered in the existing Mini and Mini Clubman.The production Mini Cross will be built in Austria by Magna Steyr, which builds European versions of the current BMW X3. Autocar has also learned that a lower, less aggressively styled, two-wheel-drive variant will be launched shortly after the 4x4 version.

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17 October 2008

Why?

17 October 2008

Not a chance I'd ever consider anything so vulgar, pointless and awful. The new mini was bearable (despite the estate agents buying 90% of them), the clubman at least has something about it, and there was once a clubman. A 4X4???? Ugh

17 October 2008

What next I wonder?

The 'mini motor home', the 'mini limo', the 'mini people carrier'?

17 October 2008

Saw the concept at Paris last week and the pics don't do it justice - it's worse, much worse, in the metal, despite the show interior.

I just don't know what Mini expect this to do for their brand - what's the opposite of a halo model?

Usual "Issigonis must be spinning" comment.

17 October 2008

This is one of paint jobs they'll be offering, presumably?

Agree with everyone else here, MINI seem to be losing their way rapidly. The dinnerplate sized speedo of the new MINI was the first clue, the Clubman lacks cohesion as a design and has that pointless rear door arrangement, and the Cross is just a mess. Some brands' design cues just look awful on 4x4 vehicles - Porsche, for example - and you can now add MINI to that list.

17 October 2008

[quote stuart74]

The 'mini motor home', the 'mini limo', the 'mini people carrier'?

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Afraid you are bit late on the Mini Limo......

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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Personally, I like it.

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17 October 2008

That didn't come out quite right but you get the idea!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

17 October 2008

Worry not, they cannot possibly sell a single one. Any buyers so indecisive that they are interested in this mis-mash.... will never get past the options and colours list, and actually order it.

17 October 2008

Day off today, so this is news to me, too. However, interesting to see it in the street, because of something a BMW-group senior designer told me at Paris (which you'll read in the mag on Tuesday...) But I'll give you a hint...does anybody think that a 120% five door version of the Mini (which is what this is) was a wise move, or should BMW have taken the opportunity to move the Mini story on? Indeed, it is 11 years since the Punto-based Mini sneak-peak car was seen at Frankfurt. When I saw the Mk2 BMW Mini for the first time - and all the mad details - I asked one of the designers how many Brits were on the Mini design team. The answer was none. I think this lack of British input is now showing in these rather odd pastiche attempts to grow the Mini family, without moving the design language on. BTW, anybody notice the Clubman-style double rear door handles, but the single wiper? Looks like a conventional hatchback...

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