• Dec 17th 2009 at 5:58PM
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Mini Countryman concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mini's history doesn't just include producing attractive, efficient city cars -- it's done some damage in the rally circuit. But while BMW's 2001 reincarnation of the storied British brand has been a success on the sales front, it hasn't taken the motorsports world by storm. As previously reported, that could change with Mini's upcoming five-door people hauler.

The Countryman will reportedly come in several variants, including a GTI version with similar power to the Cooper S or a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter diesel capable of 200 hp. Word on the street is that Prodrive is working on a WRC concept due to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

We're looking forward to seeing the production Countryman in person, but there is some question as to when the micro crossover will finally be on the showroom floor. AutoCar says the Countryman will arrive in September, while Mini-focused site Motoring File says the crossover may be delayed until 2011. If the Rally-ready Countryman does in fact come to fruition, Mini could once again have a mighty mouse ready to take on its larger competition, and that could be fun to watch.




[Source: AutoCar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      God please no. Just. Don't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am concerned WRC may not be able to handle this level of extreme cuteness...
      • 5 Years Ago
      GO MINI!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could be much worse but I still don't like it. I love Minis as much as anyone else, but I'm getting a little bored of all these model variations - it seems as though they've got more variants right now than Bugatti has special editions!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there anyone left in the WRC?
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok, it looks fugly
      that's the best word to describe it
      it's not ugly, it's just something's missing that is not making this as cool as the Mini itself
        • 5 Years Ago
        Call up Jeremy Clarkson. I'm sure he has a stash of pianos just meant for dropping on cars...
        • 5 Years Ago
        it looks like an FX35 in MINI clothing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rollcage and mudflaps?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's missing a piano dropped onto its roof.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about just a Mini. Not an suv Mini, not a cuv Mini or a byob Mini, but a real Mini.
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