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Spy shooters were able to capture one of the first pics of MINI's fabled pseudo-SUV undergoing testing, and according to the Brits over at AutoExpress, it will carry a 'Monte' moniker when it arrives in showrooms sometime in 2009. While we're equally perplexed by both the notion of a biggie-sized MINI and the name 'Monte', at least the latter rolls off the tongue nicely.
The shots show what is essentially a stretched Clubman with a slightly jacked-up ride height, but the added length won't include the addition of another set of doors. Instead, MINI's engineers have apparently decided to keep the "Clubdoor" for passengers relegated to the rear confines. Motivation will be provided by a variety of gasoline- and diesel-powered engines, ranging from 1.4- to 1.6-liters, although there's no word on whether AWD will be part of the package.

MINI insists that, much like its other offerings, the Monte will be an environmentally-friendly 'ute (if you can call it that), since it will include a start-stop engine system, regenerative braking and a host of other fuel-saving technologies pilfered from BMW's Efficient Dynamics program.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Mini iDrive will be coming soon enuff I'm sure. I think a MiniExcursion is a good idea (rolling eyes).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm starting to think this is a bluff. It's just too ridiculous to be real. An 8/7ths Mini?
      • 7 Years Ago
      YEAAAAAAAAHHHH! bring it beemer bring it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I would like to see the full production version of the Mini Monte. Although the Clubman seems like an interesting addition to the brand, this SUV seems much more practical and useful. The only drawback would probably be price
        and demand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      to wouldloveamac
      why why why not???
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Honda Element with a different front and rear fascia, nver the less a BMW SUV, is that good? X5 problems.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about a real mini. Yes a car that is the same size as the original?

      I bet we will get a mini pick up truck before then though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this is just ridiculous.
      what next, a "mini"van?
      a "mini" bus?
      hey, maybe they can reel in some extra pennies if they slap a "mini" badge on the transporter that takes the space shuttle on the launch pad, thatll be coherent with the brand.

      Sir Issigonis must be thrashing around in his grave.
        • 7 Years Ago
        this is just ridiculous.
        what next, a "mini"van?
        a "mini" bus?

        Feast your eyes on these beauties:

        http://groups.msn.com/MiniFanClub/theestatevanandutility.msnw

        Let's not pretend that the current marque has any real connection to the Mini of old, then turn around an lament it's "bastardisation."

        I highly doubt Sir Issigonis if frowning from the afterlife...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Monte as in "Monte Carlo".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do you guys hear that?... I think thats the sound of the beginning of the end for the mini brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please, please, please don't
      • 7 Years Ago
      it certainly is a shame. The clubman is awful and this promises to be just as bad.

      I love my mini, but i dont necessarily like where mini is going
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