• Jan 19th 2007 at 10:27AM
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Early last year, while sitting in the passenger seat of cab on the Las Vegas strip, I caught a brief glimpse of a mutant MINI in the adjacent lane. The 'lil hatch had undergone serious suspension surgery, having been jacked up a few inches and then outfitted with a set of aftermarket wheels, wrapped in knobby rubber. While enduring both the cab ride over and a performance of "O", daydreams of the owner relentlessly flogging the MINI, far away from the neon halo of Sin City, bounced around in my mind.

The idea of an off-roading MINI was a novelty then, but back in November, AutoExpress caught wind of a rumor that BMW was currently developing some manner of all-wheel-drive system to fit within the tight confines of their retro-hatch.

Now, Gabe over at MotoringFile has revealed that such a beast is under development and is being referred to internally as the Colorado.

This next spin-off of the brand will likely be based off an SUV version of the 1-series and may be manufactured at BMW's highly flexible Spartanburg, SC plant or Magna Steyr, since BMW's other production centers are at capacity.

Although the MINI faithful will surely view this as a dilution of the marque, if the Colorado can combine some light off-road capabilities, while still maintaining the MINI's iconic chuckability, we're all for it.

[Source: Motoring File]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #14- right on. Whilst i'd love to see how they develop an AWD Mini Moke, I'd love to see a rallye-spec'd MINI option. It still makes me wonder that even with the JCW GP version, a good Scubie (and driver) can still outperform it.
      I guess I still am upset about not getting my WRC fix from the Speed Channel any longer...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6. Sure. A search at the USPTO for trademarks containing "Colorado" gives over 900 hits...

      When it comes to cars (and only then), they do:

      Typed Drawing
      Word Mark COLORADO
      Goods and Services IC 012. US 019 021 023 031 035 044. G & S: Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, trucks, sport utility vehicles, vans, engines therefor and structural parts thereof. FIRST USE: 20031113. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20031113
      Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
      Design Search Code
      Serial Number 75915373
      Filing Date February 2, 2000
      Current Filing Basis 1A
      Original Filing Basis 1B
      Published for Opposition July 25, 2000
      Registration Number 2813324
      Registration Date February 10, 2004
      Owner (REGISTRANT) General Motors Corporation CORPORATION DELAWARE 300 Renaissance Center P.O. Box 300 Detroit MICHIGAN 482653000
      Attorney of Record Timothy G. Gorbatoff
      Type of Mark TRADEMARK
      Register PRINCIPAL
      Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

      • 8 Years Ago
      UGhhhhhh god why. You can't have a MINI SUV. You can have a MINI wagon, and a converitable and even a tiny little MINI truck but not a SUV.

      Build an AWD 250 hp MINI Supercar but not a SUV>
      • 8 Years Ago
      No, but your kid will.
      The project name for what turned out to be the Cayenne/Touareg was Colorado as well, BTW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's probably for rally purposes...the original Mini was well suited for it, and it makes sence for MINI to make an updated model...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another example of how MINI and BMW are copying the Suzuki Alto Works. First they copy the name, Mini Cooper S "Works"; then they copy the actual concept of Compact AWD. I'll take my 1990 Alto Works RS-R 4WD over this overpriced BMW poopypants anyday.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And how does the rights to the name Colorado stop BMW from referring to it as that internally? If you name your kid Colorado, will GM sue you?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think GM has the rights to the name 'Colorado' in that is, um, is currently in use in the Colroado/Canyon/I350.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what the original RAV4 was... somehow that got americanized and bloated (CR-V too), despite being incredibly popular in their original size.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn... and here i expected the article to say that they were gonna make an even more amazingly handling AWD mini sports car, THAT would be awesome.... But an SUV...? WTF?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haldex Mini.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What next? A convertible version...combining features from ALL the different types of vehicles on the road today?

      Didn't Suzuki market something like this once? Shades of the old Samurai?
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