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Beneath all that ridiculous (though pretty darn effective) yellow and black paisley camouflage sits the new MINI Crossover. First shown in concept form at the Paris Motor Show, at 162-inches long, the new MINI CUV is quite a bit larger than its other older stablemates. At what point is a MINI not so mini any more? This could be it, as the spy photographers point out that it appears larger than the BMW 1-Series that shares a number of parts with. Lost in the translation from show car to test mule are the unique doors, which appear to have been replaced with a standard, run-of-the-mill four door body style. The rear hatch also opens from the top instead of sideways like on the concept, though it's been taped-up to appear like the barn-door style portals from the Clubman. The whole shebang's been lifted a bit and all four wheels are driven. Expect both gasoline and diesel four-bangers under the pointy-snouted hood.
[Source: NextAutos.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Crossover? That's more of a station wagon than the Ford Flex.
      • 6 Years Ago
      its bigger than the BMW that is stoped at the light in-front of it..
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 120i parked in front of it is actually a solid four inches longer than it is, though admittedly it's taller.

        It's gonna take a picture with somebody standing next to it for you guys to realize just how small the thing is. It really is nothing but a tall Golf.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The long snout is very un-Mini-like, but otherwise it has the Mini shape. Yes, it is a lot bigger, but still the same size as the Suzuki SX4 Crossover, so here in the US it will still be considered a mini-car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the driver is flicking off the photographer!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hahaha!!! I noticed that too Eddie!!!
        -peter
      • 6 Years Ago
      WTFOMFGROFLMFAOLOLXD
      • 6 Years Ago
      thats sad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      while this car will dilute the brand name (mini suv?), I have to admit i do like it, and would buy it given the chance ,but then again the tiguan already fills the small german suv and looks better...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Germans are the new Americans. As in the American car industry of the 80s and 90s. Too many cars, too many variants...

      How hard is it to go to the Nissan or whatever dealership next-door if you need a large vehicle? Sure you love Minis but you love 'em cause of their size. I never think 'wow I love the MX-5. I wish Mazda would make an MX-5 SUV'.


      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW,

      I know you want to capitalize on the Mini brand. I can't blame you for it in the least. But did it not occur to you that since you -and everyone else- already makes vehicles this size, and that since this brand's name is Mini, that perhaps your new model should be, well, mini-er?

      Just a thought.

      Love,
      Captain Obvious
      • 6 Years Ago
      Snazzy camo!
      • 6 Years Ago
      they should name it the MINIGANTIC... it's not the mini anymore...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smell that? It's the dilution of the brand.
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