• Apr 2, 2008
Seemingly a rolling contradiction in terms, the upcoming MINI SUV model, previously (but probably not officially) known as the Crossman, has been seen out in the wild again. Like before, the little SUV wears very little clothing, leaving almost all of its altered-bits out in the open. After looking at the previous set of spy shots and the newest one here, we just can't see the not-a-Crossman doing any off-roading. Soft-roading... maybe, but we honestly think this is a vehicle that will never see anything worse than bad weather.
Naming and classification reservations aside, MINI may not have much trouble moving curb-busting Coopers off of dealers' lots, as many enthusiasts will likely be drawn to the availability of all-wheel drive on a MINI for the first time. Not only that, this vehicle could be one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles on the market in the U.S., save for hte Suzuki SX-5, and there's something to be said for that.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a little taller off the ground too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the Autoweek article:

      "Mini wants to take its customers into off-road territory with the upcoming Crossman".

      If this tester mule is any indication of the upcoming Crossman then offroad must mean a snowy driveway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can we not call it an SUV? A CUV maybe, but I like to think of SUV's as not having car-based unibody platforms. This thing is not offroading. I realize that the line is as blurred as a day old contrail, but let's try to narrow it down. Semantics, I know.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Funny- that's exactly how they are defined across the pond.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It appears to be nothing more than a Mini Clubman with AWD (not a bad thing). Same rear doors, same little suicide door on the side. Do you think this is only a mule and that they might actually add real second row doors? Either way, it expands Mini choices. I am considering a loaded SX4, but may hold off if this Mini "stripped" doesn't go north of $30K.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Geo, I found the SX4 Touring 2 with 5 speed stick had adequate oomph (the sluch box is more pokey), and it gets better mileage than the automatic as well (even though the EPA says no). The touring model comes with niceties like climate control, trip computer, MP3 hookup, and stability control, in addition to the traction control, AWD and locking differential. Thus it is equipped well enough for me. The Mini has the advantage of holding its resale value better than almost anything else out there. I expect the AWD version to get less mpg than the FWD, but it is still likely to be better than the Subie's 17/23 to 20/27, depending on engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        geo.stewart, thanks for the suggestion, but an Impreza is not on my list, due to its styling, mpg being lower than either SX4 and Mini, and it is significantly longer than either of the other two.
        • 6 Years Ago
        just get an impreza since it seems you want a small AWD vehicle and have at least into the mid-20s to spend. the SX4 is for those who cant get into a Subaru and the Mini is for those who want a fashion statement like Paris Hilton's dog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So is the only difference between this and a Clubman the AWD?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I saw one of these in Clearwater FL last night. Unless there is another mini that has double doors on the back like that, but it sure looked like this one. It was odd looking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why can't Mini stick to it's name: Mini

      I'm sick of every manufacturer trying to be everything to everyone. Why can't Mini stick to what it does best, and manufacture a small, fun to drive, safe, and attractive MINI vehicle? Instead, they will crank out an ugly CUV/SUV that leaves their roots in the dust, and gives us another hideous truck offering.

      How about spending those development Euros on cleaning up their Mini D diesel's emissions and sending some here to the states? It would certainly cost them less, and guarantee continued sales for the Mini line.

      IMHO, there are already TOO many SUV/CUV/trucks/whateverthehellyouwannacallthem out there already. ENOUGH!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with Gregg - AWD is just a way to get more power into a front wheel drive platform that suffers at high HP from one of the auto jounalist's favorite pet peeves: torque steer. (see also Saab-Haldex XWD)
        • 6 Years Ago
        You may be a bit harsh here on MINI. The Crossman will not be a truck. It is more likely a Clubman with AWD. As such it will still be one of the smallest rides you can buy in the USA. At 156", it is still about a foot shorter than a VW Rabbit, and half a foot shorter than the little SX4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I saw a Clubman in Torrance on Prairie Blvd yesterday. The back door had become unhinged and the driver (there were 2 people in the car) didn't seem to know that the right door had swung open and then finally they pulled over on the side of the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You write "save for hte Suzuki SX-5"

      Is this a new model or a typo?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea, that's a typo, it should be "SX4". With no dash.
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