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Mini Cooper Crossover spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mini has been caught testing its upcoming Cooper Crossover in the deserts of California, and these two prototypes, despite their psychedelic paint schemes, provide the most clear view yet of the small soft roader. What's of particular note is that these two prototypes do not share the same front end, perhaps because one is the naturally aspirated model and the other turbocharged. The trailing Cooper Crossover prototype features a more typical Mini grille with horizontal slats and a fog light at each corner. The prototype leading the pack, however, features a mesh grille and lower air intake with two inlets.

Based on the Mini Crossover Concept that debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the production version appears to have more in common with the standard Mini Cooper than the extra large Clubman model. While it does sport an extra pair of doors like the Clubman, these prototypes appear to feature rear lift gates that swing up rather than being split vertically down the center. And while ground clearance does appear to be up relative to a standard Mini, these long-wheelbase, four-door Coopers are far from being rock crawlers.

Check out the rest of our latest spy shots in the high-res gallery below.

[Photos: KGP Photography]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      At least it has 4 real doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am getting tired of the yellow wall paper look. It is time for one of these spy photographers to handcuff the test drivers to their hotel beds and reveal this car to us already. BMW like Jaguar go over board with the cheap tapestry.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Clearly it works, then, since it gets you so riled up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is MINI making a crossover like Caddy or Lincoln making a truck? Should we expect an RV next?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I respectfully disagree that it "appears to feature rear lift gates that swing up rather than being split vertically down the center". I see a pretty prominent center split in the sheetmetal below the window.

      Could the Mini Crossman, perhaps, have a "Dutch door" arrangement (one-piece swing-up window and two-piece, side-hinged doors) much like later-model Chevy Astro midivans?

      Unless, of course, it's all part of the camouflage to make it appear there's a split when there really isn't...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you study the handle closely you can see that it is just a printed piece of camo. The main door handles are camouflaged though. Why would Mini camouflage the door handles but not the rear hatch handle? They most likely want to fake out spy photographers and speculators.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing looks huge.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not when compared to that Navigator in picture 6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see a sailboat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      to compete with the X1? it will cost "only" $40k well-equipped.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw this test car driving around Santa Monica last Thursday or Friday, but couldn't get a good picture with my phone. It actually looks surprisingly good in person and maintains the MINI attitude.
      • 5 Years Ago
      one more try..

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Before reading VW GTI's comment, I thought "looks like a Clubman.
      Didn't noticet the door handles before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Caption for photo #6: "How many engineers does it take to operate a gas pump?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      ha, and people though the cayenne was off-mission for porsche. this is like lamborghini releasing a B segment car.

      That isn't roided out with a V10
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