Think there are a lot of Mini variants already? Hold on to your hats, because BMW is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Next month the new Mini Roadster will hit American showrooms, and next year, a two-door crossover (presaged by the Paceman concept from Detroit last year but carrying the Countryman Coupe in production form) should be available as well. But that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

With the third-generation Mini Cooper hatchback set to arrive in 2014, the Anglo-German automaker will soon begin the whole process anew. And when all's said and done by the end of the decade, the Mini range will have – according to reports – grown by another three bodystyles for a total of 10.

The current lineup includes six bodystyles: the standard Cooper hatchback, the Mini Convertible, the Coupe, the Roadster, the Clubman wagon and the Countryman crossover. Throw the Countryman Coupe into the mix and you've got seven. What Mini will come up with next for three additional versions remains to be seen – we wouldn't be surprised to see a minivan, a slant-back crossover or maybe a convertible crossover (like the Beachcomber concept pictured above) – but if anyone can milk the bodystyle cow for all it's worth, we're confident its initials are B-M-W.

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      Personally, I would like to see the Hardtop grow a bit in size to offer a four door version (a la Golf 4 door) and have a ultra small car like the Rocketman offered. As for the Countryman, it needs a sportier version as planned with more power in the S motor as well. Overall, I hope to see a drastic change to the interior designs, dropping the center speedo or massively improving the look to keep up with the rest of the pack (Kia, Ford, MyTouch,UVO, graphics). The mileage also needs to improve quite a bit, considering the larger cars are achieving much higher mileage nowadays (just look at the Kia Optima mileage to horsepower as well as the BMW 528 with the 4 cylinder.) MINI, stay way ahead of the rest please, afterall BMW has the best engineers and quality of any premium auto maker, so let's show up the rest big time.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jumped the shark...
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      Oxymoron for the day: Mini.
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      Gotta say, they definitely aren't letting the product line get stale...Fiat could learn a thing or two from Mini
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they had the balls to release a Beachcomber as shown here, I would be forced to give it serious consideration. Of course in reality, I am sure they would significantly lame-ify it before sending it to the production lines.
      Timothy Neal Templet
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least this model would be easy to jump out of when it catches on fire.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      By the end of the decade?! That's 8 more years to wait for more variations of a vehicle that will remain highly unchanged.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only MINI I'm interested in is that Beachcomber concept shown here. I bike in the summer and ski in winter, Make it viable in all environments and you have a serious buyer here!
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      That Beachcomber concept looks awesome. I kept hoping that VW would do something like that with the Beetle and make a modern-day Baja Beetle.
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW are not really coming up with any new Ideas, most if not all were done many years ago in the Original Mini car, of course there was no SUV back then, nobody had an car based SUV in the 60s. the beachcomber reminds me of the Mini Moke.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get the product. I'm not sure I get the styling, but I can let someone else enjoy it. When are they going to change the name? An 18 ft long, 3800 pound MINI?
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