• Dec 17, 2007

The MINI has been on a growth spurt since the introduction of the second-generation model. With the 3½-door Clubman wagon on its way to dealerships, the new convertible set to follow, and even a sports-coupe derivative rumored to be in the works, the BMW division is focusing on the development of a crossover based on the MINI.

No big news there, we've been watching the spy shots roll in for months now. The surprise, however, is that it won't be called the Colorado as previously thought. No, that was just a working title, an internal codename. It won't be called the Monte, either, as previous reports suggested. According to a recent interview in German publication Auto Motor und Sport, MINI's CEO Kay Segler said the retro soft-roader will likely be called "Crossman".

Magna-Steyr is expected to build 80,000 Crossmans (Crossmen?) at its factory in Austria each year, starting in 2010. The name, of course, combines Crossover with Clubman, the wagon variant on which it's based. Think it'll entice more buyers than "Colorado" or "Monte"? Leave your opinion in the comments section below.

[Sources: Auto Motor und Sport via Autoblog.nl and eGMCarTech]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's pretty neat. Much better than that X6 nonsense.

      Then again, I have a love for all things Mini.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dumb, and way too blandly obvious. Mini disappoints me on this one. But then I'm disappointed that they are planning to build a cross-over in the first place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Minis sell because potential customers form an emotional attachment with the car before they see the bloated sticker price. "Monty" is at least relatable, as in "my new Monty looks so adorable next to my girlfriends Cooper S" - or something like that. "Crossman" sounds like an Australian market appliance.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, MINIs sell because they are good cars for people that are looking for that sort of experience. Very few cars, drive like a MINI. Very few small cars come with what the MINI comes with. If the MINI didn't have the ride that I was looking for, no matter how 'attached' I was to the concept of a MINI, I would not have bought it. It's just that many MINI owners become more attached to cars than your average small call owner. But yes, Crossman is a bad name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a rally hearse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mini Crossover dubbed "Uselessman" by me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm open to the idea of a Mini crossover, but Crossman? Sounds like a watch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I believe the name Crossman is already used by a gun
      and tool manufacture if you google the name under images.

      I think Monty sounds a lot more warmer and plays well with English history since Field Marshall Bernard "Monty" Montgomery was triumphant during WW2 and Monty Python was one of the funniest acts of all time. I guess the Germans don't have any humor and upset by the war
      that they had to change the name...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe IRONCROSSMan is what they really meant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      L-A-M-E

      I kind of liked the name "Monte", kinda of quirky and fits with the brand. Crossman sounds very bland. I might be interested if it doesn't have the barn doors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      do they get their names from the Megaman games?
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