• Jan 19th 2010 at 11:58AM
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Mini Countryman - Click above for high-res image gallery

Here is your new Mini Countryman, the latest model from the ever expanding Mini range. As you can see, the Countryman (also sometimes called the Mini Crossover) is a bit bigger than other Minis, and sports four doors – five if you count the hatch. You'll also note the "All4" badge on the back, indicating that the Countryman is AWD, a first for the brand.

You also might be noticing that the Countryman has different headlights (which we find quite attractive), as well as a new grille treatment. There's definitely a bit of baby Porsche Cayenne going on up front and in the stance, though it's clearly still a Mini. We will say, however, we're surprised at how dissimilar the production version looks from the concept we saw a year or so back. Here, too.

We know that because of 2009 and all the economic misery it entailed, Mini decided to delay the launch of the Countryman, at least here in the U.S. Meaning that you're going to have to either wait until October, or move to Europe to get your hands on one. Expect more details to follow soon. Odd teaser video after the jump.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Make it stop! Enough of the craziness! Mini's are small sporty cars, not crossover SUVs! What's next - a Mini pickup truck?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mini started as a lightweight, fuel efficient, fun to drive car. This vehicle does not embody any of those ideals. I can't see the Mini purists ever accepting this thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, you really need to read up on the history of the Minis and see some of the models they used to build if you don't think this is right up their alley.

        Any legit "Mini purist" would have no problem with this based on models they built in the past.
      • 5 Years Ago

      They're making a bigger, SUV-like Mini?

      Yes... a Mini. Mini, which means... SMALL.

      • 5 Years Ago
      As a current MINI owner, this is better than I was fearing it would be, but I am surprised the interior is so similar to the others. I thought they'd go for something different, and a bit more upscale (what happened to that 3D globe thingy anyhow?).

      As much as I love my MINI, one thing I don't like is the ground clearance. I'd go for this for that reason alone! Where I live, our roads are too messed-up, and when it snows, I scrape bottom too much. A few inches higher wouldn't hurt.

      I am pleased with the proportions on this thing. It recapitulates the regular MINI better than the weird-looking Clubman, which I usually just can't get past.

      It be interesting to learn the fuel-economy figures of this car, and hopefully the FWD version won't be too off the figures of the other MINIs, but given that it'll be much heavier and feature the same engines, I don't see how that will be possible.

      Not sure if I can get past the much greater length of the beast though.

      I'm hopeful that BMW will keep the "go-kart fun" in place. To mess that up would be really foolish, and pointless. I'm sure they know that.

      Will have to see it in the flesh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The commercial definitely sucks, but the car looks ok.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago

      But i hope it just the pics....
      • 5 Years Ago
      No problem on the waiting, I can wait forever.

      This is a hideous piece of stupid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So... it's a 4 door AWD Mini that is the size of an A3, and offers minimal ground clearance.

      Why is this a "cross over" and NOT a wagon/5door/HotHatch? Oh, because Mini said so... right.

      Looks alright, but it's not a CUV. Unless you call the Volvo Cross Country or the Audi AllRoad CUVs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They've already said a regular "car" version of this is coming, to take on the 4 door GTI. As for this CUV, it's alright, and from what I understand a necessity for the brand, so they can finally make a profit for BMW. They use a bespoke platform, and sell relatively few, so that's why there are now 6 models, here or coming. Unless they can pair up with another manufacturer & share a platform in the future, we will have to live with things like Mini CUVs. I think I would rather have them build this than say share a platform with a Fiat 500 or something like that. Sort of like have Cadillac Escalades so we can have CTS-Vs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I presume Mr Issigonis is spinning in his grave...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just like he was spinning in his bed when the started racing Mini's?

        Face it, he had a great idea, but it was a great idea to build upon, not to stay stagnant as he would have wished.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spose, guess I'm too old fashioned and love the old mini too much.

        I suppose it's not too bad looking considering it could have looked like the original Crossover Concept.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong, I love the old Mini as well, but we can't go around claiming a car that never really changed in some 40 years is the final evolution of the design. Or is the only 'true' or 'correct' version of the concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else feel that, like the PT Cruiser, Mini needs to go? Really the only real boost in sales they ever had came from Red Bull and the Italian Job.

      Oh well whatever, maybe they just need some sprucing up or something but I just don't see how awesome a Mini is anymore. Has anyone ever seen a JCW Mini on the road?

        • 5 Years Ago
        ""Wow are you serious? PT is outclassed by any Mini in every way. Pt cruiser is the biggest piece on the road. I'm appalled!! Who is this guy!?!""

        Yeah, it's cool to bash Chrysler, and easy for folks like you who don't have a clue as to what your talking about.

        The PT Crusier even today gets one of the best JD Power survey ratings for initial quality, and for several years was rated as the single most problem free vehicle ever surveyed by Consumer Reports.

        The first generation PT had a very nice interior, very well thought out with good quality plastics, etc, and none of the gimmicky-tacky garbage that all the BMW Minis have had, like the Mini's hard to read center speedo cluster-f**k for example.

        • 5 Years Ago
        whynot - totally, 100% agree. Right now my criteria for a new car is:

        1) Small
        2) Premium
        3) Turbo
        4) Hatchback

        Obviously things like fun-to-drive and fuel economy play a part in some of that, but overall there isn't a single other vehicle available today in the US that fits the criteria other than the MINI Cooper S. GTI/Mazdaspeed3/WRX/A3 - too big. Focus - No RS version. Fit - No turbocharged (or even just plain sporty) version. The Solstice Coupe GXP did fit the bill, but was FAR too expensive (and now isn't produced).

        Yes, there are lots of cars that might be coming (or are confirmed) like the Abarth 500, Fiesta RS, Audi A1, MiTo, etc, but right now if you want a small, stylish, fast, fun-to-drive hatchback you're options are the MCS and... the MCS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ""How are they anything like the old, lame, slow, porky and ugly PT Cruiser?""

        So true. Mini has never acheived the outstanding levels of reliability that Chrysler has with the PT over the years. The PT, at least in the first generation, also had a much nicer interior than the Mini.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mini has been one of the few companies that saw growth from 2007-2008-2009. They are all over the place here in LA and most urban markets. They are fun to drive, well built, well optioned and have a dedicated following... How are they anything like the old, lame, slow, porky and ugly PT Cruiser? They also got a sales boost when gas prices went up, the recession hit and will get one from this vehicle.

        Also, I have seen quite a few JCWs on the road since I know what I'm looking for, but what does that have to do with anything? How many Mugen Civics have you seen? How many (real) Saleen Mustangs have you seen?
        • 5 Years Ago

        Wow are you serious? PT is outclassed by any Mini in every way. Pt cruiser is the biggest piece on the road. I'm appalled!! Who is this guy!?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't see them going away. They're the only premium really small car out there. With the new emphasis on small cars, I just can't see how total failure is possible. Besides, they are BMW's out for passing CAFE and European fleet CO2 average requirements.

        Yes, I've seem BMW JCW MINIs on the road. Not many, but given here in NorCal people would rather lop off their arm than buy the non-S Cooper, there had to be a still higher end model above the S for those who feel the need to one up everyone else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      meh.. im not impressed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In the world of CUVs its fine. I guess. If it helps to keep the lights on at the JCW shop, i'm good with it.

        ...not that BMW needed my approval in the first place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like it's horrified at something, possibly its own existence.
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