If you thought Mini had strayed far from its raison d'être with the Countryman crossover, consider the following: while the original Mini was diminutive in size, it was all about maximizing interior volume against a compact exterior shape – a ratio, if you will, of cabin size to overall dimensions. The rumored upcoming Mini minivan, then, might seem like another step too far for the brand, but could very much fit the bill in its size-bending capacity.

Alternatively referred to as the Spacebox (likely an internal nickname) or the Traveller (as the above-pictured concept that previewed the Clubman was called), the idea is all about adaptability. Rear-hinged suicide doors would flank both sides, while the rear cargo area would be accessed via 60/40 split doors for added versatility. The shape would also likely push the cabin higher and more forward for something closer to a one-box shape that could share its underpinnings and more with BMW's upcoming 1 Series "activity vehicle."

Word has it that a concept car is being prepared for unveiling in the near future. Of course, all this could amount to just a rumor, but given Mini's relentless march of model variants, we'd hardly be surprised to see this one coming to fruition.


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      mix35
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what was the purpose of the clubman if this comes out? I don't get it
      Gurnatronic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does that front end have a whiff of Aston Martin in it….
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      .... aaaaaannnddd it will be overpriced just like all Minis once you start adding normal options. I really don't get the appeal of this brand.
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      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      is that the next ford flex?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
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      Intake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guess Mini doesn't mean anything to MINI anymore..
      Jill Levy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, BidsOut.com
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jill Levy
        No one's going to fall for your scam. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
      AnthonyL
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are there any dedicated niche manufacturers anymore? Mini used to be mini, vw used to be funky. We have 2 porsche SUVs, a ferrari with 4 seats, and lambo and aston SUVs. When will it stop?
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not really very "mini" now, is it?
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mini should just work on making the next Mini more spacious, like the original was, instead of having 10 models based on the same basic car. The only Mini models should be the hatch, convertible, and Countryman. BMW is going into tiny niches right now, and it appears that they want to do the same with the Mini brand.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Size and bloat do NOT equal practicality! My Mazda2 is one of the most practical vehicles I've ever owned, and it's the lightest 4-seater vehicle for sale on the American market.
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