• Jul 20, 2010
It looks like Land Rover may have accidentally kicked over a hive of hornets by rolling out its new two-door Evoque. We recently heard all about BMW musing as to whether or not to build an X4 to compete with the crossover, and now Auto Express is reporting that Mini may be game to take on the newcomer as well. We're not talking about the Countryman here, either. The site claims that the head honchos at Mini are mulling bringing a two-door version of the high-rider to life, and that it will be called the Canyon when it arrives.

Auto Express doesn't cite any sources or point to any hard evidence of this decision (no surprise there). Instead, the site has chosen to rely on the fact that the company has been kicking around the idea of a vehicle like the Canyon since 2005. Now that the Countryman is headed for production, the logic is that it wouldn't take too much effort to slim the platform, throw on two doors and bolt up one very coupe-looking roof. Thing is, until we hear word from Mini itself, we're going to have to approach this one with a whole heap of skepticism.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a trend forming. I'll wait for the BMW X1/2
        • 4 Years Ago
        forming? luxury hatchbacks have been a trend for quite some time now, hence the new mini's reason for existing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys do know that the Countryman is as long as a Honda Fit, right??
      So how again would an off-shoot of it possibly be competing with something like the Evoque?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You keep saying that the Evoque is a hatch-yeah it is like all SUVs are but it is,unlike your A3, based on a proper SUV platform(Freelander/LR2). So the Evoque is(say it with me) an essS Uuuu Veeee!
        • 4 Years Ago
        as i keep saying over, and over, and over, the LR's a small as an A3. It's not an SUV, it's not a CUV, it's a hatchback. Not surprisingly, other automakers seem to agree with my analysis. Since... it's a hatchback... a luxury hatchback... designed to increase sales in north america... bmw want's a piece of that pie too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir, compared to the Countryman, the A3 (or Evoque) are long, large cars [it's all relative. I find the A3 to be long.]. I see your point. I've been pointing out that the Countryman is the EXACT size of the Suzuki SX4 too, but people will have to see with their own eyes to understand, it seems.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How can they call it the Canyon? There is already a GMC Canyon!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Canyonero!
        • 4 Years Ago
        But the GMC Canyon is going bye bye after this year if I'm not mistaken.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AiDub: The GMC Canyon may be going away, but that doesn't mean Mini would then be able to scoop it up. GM will still own the rights to the name. By that logic, Kia could come out with a new vehicle called the Thunderbird and Ford couldn't do a thing about it. If Mini produces this vehicle and decides to bring it to the U.S., it won't be called the Canyon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the Evoque be playing in a different price class than the Countryman? It's positioned above the Freelander/LR2 in the Land Rover lineup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        possibly but the mini is quite pricy to start with when compared to other similar sized cars: with that said the Freelander is price at the top of its category with the base model priced almost the same as the top spec model of other brands... so it is possible they would be competing for the same space...

        There could also be another distinction keeping them apart aside from price - the actual physical size of the Evoque, it looks bigger than the Countryman - closer to the size of the Range Rover Sport. the Evoque is probably targeted at consumers who cannot afford a RRS but want something more exclusive than a Freelander... Whereas the Countryman appears to be another extension of the mini platform and while it will probably be priced differently than other mini models it may not attract a completely different type of consumer - which the Freelander vs Evoque or Freelander vs RRS does...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even if Mini plan to make a 3-door countryman, i'm not sure that the mini on steroids look (in much the same way that porsche cayenne looks like the normal porsche on steroids) is a good look... The Evoque looks great, the design fits its size, whereas the countryman has been forced to look like an 4X4/SUV and a mini at the same time which doesn't work either way - doesn't really look like a 4X4/SUV nor does it look like a mini... while i like the mini cooper and the mini clubman, i'm not so sure about this design, for me the jury is still out - I'll Have to wait see it in dealership forecourts/ on the road first i guess...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny how I think it's a good idea for Land Rover to push out of it's traditional market with the Evoque, bug it bus the hell out of me that Mini did.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oops.."buGs the hell out of me" Hey Autoblog, EDIT FEATURE PLEASE!
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