Well, that’s not quite what we were led to expect.

The pictures of the new Mini Countryman show a pretty logical five-door extension of the established Mini. A polished mainstream model and an aggressive Cooper S hot hatch.

Neither car is anything like either of the taster concepts (The Crossover and Beachcomber) rolled out last year.

Indeed, it’s hard to imagine just why Mini showed the extravagant Beachcomber when the real thing is so much less of an SUV.

What mystifies me is that I was told, face-to-face, last month that the Cooper S road car had not been signed off by the BMW board. A few weeks later, it seems that the BMW board has had a change of mind.