• Nov 21, 2006
With the new MINI on its way and the Clubman on the horizon, how else can BMW capitalize on the iconic hatch's popularity? Diversify.

According to AutoExpress' sources within BMW/MINI, the Cooper will likely come equipped with some manner of all-wheel-drive in the future, along with an "intelligent" transmission and a flexible interior that makes the most of the interior space. If such a beast comes to fruition, the possibility of a crossover version and even a pickup variant are also in the cards.

That last part leaves us a little stunned and somewhat worried about brand dilution, even if they are just rumors. Then again, with total sales of the new MINI likely to reach one million sometime in 2007, the automaker's momentum may allow for some interesting spinoffs.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      There is at least one of these mini pickup things in Toronto:

      http://www.jalopnik.com/cars/ads%252fpromotions/specialty-vehicles-for-marketing-red-bull-mini-120383.php

      I think the moke is an interesting idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, the original mini had a pickup variant, so I would hesitate to call it brand dilution

      pic:
      http://www.nopistons.com/forums/gallery/gallery_59_16_1078286991.jpg
      • 8 Years Ago
      What, no open body like the Mini-Moke? Tisk tisk.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      A mini with 300hp and AWD would be some serious fun. Keep everything else the same.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 Yep and do a retro job and have them look like the old Morris Minor. Had one, what a blast.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think their concern isn't to make a MINI 4x4 Jeep-type vehicle, but to offer a CVT + AWD sort of driveline to be able to pump out more power and have the traction to put it to use.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this is a poor idea, when will all these companies get off the SUV kick!

      Tyler
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe what is needed is an updated version of the Morris Minor - it was larger than the original Mini Minor, and was available in convertible and station wagon versions. Having a new one built by BMW could only improve it...
      • 8 Years Ago
      > But making it larger... it'll no longer be a MINI.

      Funny, considering that the current car is 2' longer, 1' wider and more than 1000lbs heavier than a real Mini...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, I am surprised that with the rest of the world and style looking at nostlagia, that the "retro" bit has not kicked in more....

      Bolt on Riley Elf/Wolseley grille and badge conversion?

      The infamous Hooper modified car (with painted wicker) for Peter Sellers that Radford duplicated....see "Shot in the Dark" for this sharp little car.

      Yes, Radford is modifying the new Mini. Like the old one? No, what did Radford do...made it look like a Honda Civic owned by an 18 year old American kid. Zzzzzz......

      Back on the task at hand....would a AWD Mini = WRC?

      The return of red "works" cars anyone?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here are photos of the abovementioned Radford car:

      http://www.theclassictimes.com/english/cinema/Ashotinthedark.asp

      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that would be great if they kept the exterior dimensions the same, otherwise I think it would be a total brand diluting abomination. 4x4, and a little extra ground clearance, sure! I mean who wouldn't want to be able to take thier MINI in the snow (it already does fairly well with a good set of snow tires and all of its electronic wizardry) But making it larger... it'll no longer be a MINI.
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