It looks like BMW is set to put the Mini back in minivan, with an enlarged version of its Countryman crossover.

Our spy photographers snagged these shots of the jumbo-sized Mini mule testing in Europe and wearing conventional Countryman bodywork. But if you look closely, you can see that the front wheels have moved forward a bit, suggesting the Mini people mover will have a longer wheelbase than the Countryman. It should also prove to be wider to accommodate three across in the backseat, which is probably why the mule has those extended fender flares.

Sources say the five-passenger Mini van will debut as a concept named "Spacebox," though the production version could pick up the vintage "Traveller" moniker. Expect to see something on the streets by 2014.

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      Design1stCode2nd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Up next is the MINI JCW 3-row crossover starting at $42,000... Stop the madness.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the pickup version to come out. /s
      SteveM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini the brand embodies fun, I just think a "Mini Minivan" is an oxymoron and shouldn't even be pursued. Leave this shrinking segment to Chrysler and Toyota, and please refocus on your core market, the Rocketman looks worthy of your attention.
      Cody
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should call it the Minivan.
      MeditatedGerm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it matter how many different Mini variants there are? If you can still buy an 'original' mini and convertible, what does it matter if they keep building new ones?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW. Just STOP already. The Mini is not mini anymore. The more you put out crap like this, the more you dilute the brand. Why not instead focus on making cars that actually WORK. Mini is consistently at the bottom of the pile on reliability rankings, and has been there since they were introduced. Down there lower than Jags and Audis.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      More Mini variants? Just what we needed!!!
      CJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Most of the time people are clamoring more more variants on a car or company. But this is getting ridiculous. I know why they are doing it, but it really makes owning a MINI less fun.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        You can't judge a mule on its looks. You can't really judge a mule at all, just use it to get an idea of what they're working on.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way too many Minis. They should just stick to the Hatch, the Convertible, the Countryman, and if you must, the Clubman. Any more is just absurd.
        MacProMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        riiight, because it makes no business sense to expand lol
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blech, and I'm a MINI enthusiast
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