• Jun 8, 2010
When the 2011 Countryman goes on sale later this year, it will be the largest offering from Mini, boasting four doors, raised ground clearance and all-wheel drive. And while the Countryman proves that Mini isn't so, well, mini anymore, Auto Express is stirring the rumormill by reporting that the automaker is working on an even larger version of the Countryman, complete with a longer wheelbase that will accommodate a third row of seats out back.
Is there room for a seven-seat Mini crossover in the brand's portfolio? We doubt it – especially since we have yet to see how strong of a seller the standard Countryman is. Parent company BMW already has the pint-sized X1 on deck, and if we're honest, a seven-seat Countryman just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. (We don't even want to think about how cramped that third row of seats would be.)

Recently, the news broke that Mini is strongly considering a production version of the Beachcomber concept from this year's Detroit Auto Show – a show car that received relatively high levels of positive feedback from enthusiasts. Mini is already expanding its lineup with the addition of the Coupe and Roadster in the near future, and we think that until the brand is comfortable with producing a wider range of vehicles beyond the standard Cooper and Clubman offerings, a seven-seat Countryman is the last thing that anyone should be ruminating over.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If they do that, then I'm out as a MINI enthusiast. There's a line that shouldn't be crossed, and that's it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep that's what I said when Porsche built the Cayenne.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK: let's examine this in the cold light of day. MINI enthusiasts are apalled, and won't buy it. None-enthusiasts could well like it, and buy it. I am a non-MINI enthusiast, and I'm certainly interested. I'd rather have a BMW-Mini than a Nissan,or a Tiguan, or a Peugeot 3008.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enough already BMW! No need for a 7 seater.
      How about a 3 seater with a layout like Gordon Murray's F1.
      Driver up front and 2 passengers (wife & girlfriend maybe) either side set half way back.
      No there's a ride I'd like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I suppose these are no more mini...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say it isn't so...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the yellow Mini pictured there looks awesome, mostly because of the big knobby tires.

      I think a seven-seat Mini bus would be stupid, but I also think a Mini Countryman with those tires and more ground clearance would be an interesting small crossover offering.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's right, keep making more models, especially the ones that enstrange the Mini enthusiasts. Figure the more crap you chug out, the better, because people will buy anything with the right brand slapped on it. Apparently, standards, respect, and pride are for the weak.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should challenge the Porsche Cayenne with this :o
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, it is BMW afterall....too many SUV-like models diluting the brand. It really should stop with the Countryman....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember when Minis were small and iconic??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mini = Maxi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So I guess BMW wants a Mazda5 competitor, and is looking for Mini to make the MegaMiniMaxi?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stay tuned, the next one will be a Mini minivan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...and the MINI Minivan will be the size of a Ford Transit. :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is not Auto Express more like a automotive tabloid?
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